Diatta Looking Forward To Being a Geordie

Lamine Diatta has will become a Newcastle United player once he gets the OK from the Turkish FA.


Lamine Diatta – Newcastle’s new defender

The 32-year-old spent several days on trial this week at St James’ Park and he has signed to play for Newcastle until the end of the season.

The Senegal captain cancelled his contract with Turkish side Besiktas last December in an effort to play in the Premier league. He has been looking for a new club since the end of the African Cup of Nations and was brought to the club by Dennis Wise apparently.

The defender has now to recieve an official letter from the Turkish Football Association to say he is allowed to play for his new Tyneside club.

Lamine told L’Equipe today:

“We will discuss my long-term future when the season ends,” “I played the ACN (African Cup of Nations) and then trained at Lormont, in Bordeaux’s suburbs.”

“My priority was Newcastle. I will play at centre back. I don’t know if I’ll be able to start against Liverpool on Sunday because my new club have to receive a letter from the Turkish FA before Friday.”

“A game with Senegal is planned on March 26, but I’ll give the priority to my club.”

Lamine should be told the Liverpool game is tomorrow not Sunday and he will not be playing. 😀

But we’re pleased to hear the obvious enthusiasm from Lamine today, after he had almost backed out of a deal with Newcastle United.

We also think it’s a good move for both player and club that he plays until the end of the season. He may even replace Steven Taylor at the back if Kevin has told him he will play there.

But he must also be able to fit straight into the physical nature of football that is the English Premier League, if he is to be effective.

Of course Habib Beye has had a couple of games at center-back for us and performed extremely well there. Habib could even be switched there and Lamine can come in at right back is another option.

But it does give Kevin some options, which he desperately needs right now. Looks like we may have three Senegalese at some point in our back four with Diatta, Baye and Faye.

Wonder who plays left back for Senegal these days? 😀

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • ksmit

    Mar 7, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #1

    I agree, a nice option that is needed. Taylor is too young to be leading the back and could well learn from a tried and tested captain working next to him.

  • Obafan

    Mar 7, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #2

    ksmit – why Taylor next to him, to make more of his silly mistakes??? No thanks; I would love to see him forming a central defence duo with Cacapa and then put Faye in front of those 2 and I think that will be byy miles the most solid option we have for our defence.

    I think he might have an immediate impact as otherwise it would be very stupid to make him an offer till the end of the season if he needs time to addapt. So maybe he can come on tomorrow.

    My team would be (understandiung that Diatta can play, but will not start I think)

    Beye – Faye – Cacapa (far better than Taylor) – Enrique
    Geremi (played very good at ACN, but never had a chance under KK so far) – Butt – N’Zogbia – Duff
    Owen – Martins
    SUBS; Forster – Diatta – Milner – Smith – Carrol

    But I fear that KK will chose this team 🙁 ; I really hope I’m wrong;

    Beye – Taylor – Faye – Enrique
    Milner – Butt – Smith – Duff
    Owen – Martins
    SUBS: Forster – Diatta – Cacapa – N’Zogbia – Carroll

    If I look at the upcoming fixtures for this weekend we defo need at least a point at Anfield!!!

  • Spot The Zebra

    Mar 7, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Also Ed it could release Faye into central midfield where i believe our main weakness lies.

  • HeronMag

    Mar 7, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Obafan, you would drop Milner for Geremi!? I admit Geremi’s not been given a chance since KK’s return but dropping our most consistent player is not the answer to getting him in the team. For me if you insist on letting Geremi play, let him play right-back like he does for Senegal.


    Mar 7, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Obafan Have you watched Cacapa playing this season he has played far less games than Taylor and has probably made about the same ammount of mistakes

    He also doesnt have the pace, Height or strength to be a success in the premiership.


    Mar 7, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #6

    And Obafan ive only just noticed that youve put Geremi in Milners place have you watched any of our matches this season??

  • scott9

    Mar 7, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #7

    geremi plays for cameroon not senegal and i wouldnt play geremi instead of beye at rb in would plAY GEREMI IN CM AND keep milner on the right

  • Hadji

    Mar 7, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Team for Liverpool
    No Butt No Smith

  • Astidores Sanchez Blanco

    Mar 7, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #9

    Patrice Evra is a good Senegalese-born left back.

  • Nev

    Mar 7, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Hadji – unfortunatly smith and even more unfortunatly butt will play, knowing that KK just plays SA’s team over n over

    geremi should be playing in my opinion .. as long as its not RB or RM

  • geordie in taipei

    Mar 7, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11

    faye is a bag of w@@k
    beye is a bag of w@@k
    taylor is presently a bag of w@@k
    capacha is one of the biggest bags of w@@k i have ever seen
    carr is a bag of w@@k
    enrique may develop from a bag of w@@k
    Why would anyone believe that Diatta would be anything but a bag of w@@k.

    sorry if im feeling pessimistic….but come on……..and thats just our defense dont get me started on the midfield…….nothings gonna change until summer when we can spend !!.

  • Andreas

    Mar 7, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #12

    “Obafan Have you watched Cacapa playing this season he has played far less games than Taylor and has probably made about the same ammount of mistakes.”

    I disagree Craigg, he had an aweful game against Portsmouth but in my opinion he’s a good CB. However, I agree that he lacks pace and to some extent power, hence I think Faye complement him in a good way, and that partnership is arguably our best at the moment.

    Taylor on the other hand have the POTENTIAL to be great but have been (piss) poor this season. He has made alot of mistakes this season, and quite a few of them are afterwards blamed on his CB partner (Capaca in particular).

    A stint on the bench might be what’s needed for Taylor to pick up on his game and fulfill his potential.

  • Andreas

    Mar 7, 2008 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Haha, Taipei dude – chill man. Are you serious?
    faye is a bag of w@@k. NO, GOOD DB/DM
    beye is a bag of w@@k. MUST BE KIDDIN’, INDEED A GOOD RB
    taylor is presently a bag of w@@k. I TEND TO AGREE
    capacha is one of the biggest bags of w@@k i have ever seen. DEBATABLE, I DISAGREE AND THINK HE’S OK/GOOD
    carr is a bag of w@@k. AGREED
    enrique may develop from a bag of w@@k. NO, GOOD LB – CAN BECOME VERY GOOD

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 7, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Obafan You haven’t got a clue about football have you ever kicked a football in anger. Taylor is a future full international Cacapa is not up to the rigours of English football he’s much to weak physically

  • geordie in taipei

    Mar 7, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Andreas man…..please mate …NO NO NO….u cant possibly believe beye and feye are alright…they just look better than all our other defenders…they truely total cr@p……MIND YOU ENTITLED TO YOUR OPINION…..but when it comes to Capacha u must be smoking crack mate…hes possibly the worst center back ive ever had the misfortune of seeing……..we’d be better off having a Mackem at CB !

  • Obafan

    Mar 7, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #16

    CRAIGG – I think Andreas made a very good comment here by saying that Taylor is often the reason why Cacapa gets blamed. I agree that Cacapa isn’t that quick, but is Taylor that quick? Cacapa has got a very good positional play and IMO is the best one to partner with Faye. Taylot is not only overrated; he also is overprotected (because he is a Gerodie). I don’t look where the players come from; I look at what they bring to the team and Taylor just does not bring anything (except for his mistakes). I dare to say that once Diatta can play we should play like this in CD and CDM;
    Diatta – Cacapa

    Milner can just not convince me, sometimes I think whaw what a great dribble, but then he starts to dribble himself or runs like a chicken with his head in the ground. He just hasn’t got the football intelligence, and that is a fact. Some of you are hoping he will be selected for England, but if you hope for players like him in ths English team, I think you all underestimate the talent that is English football. Milner does not reach half the level that other RW get (Bentley, Wright-Philips; Beckham; …)
    Also his crosses are too often very bad; sometimes he kicks a fantastic cross but that is very rare. Geremi can play at RM, okay his pace might not be that good as Milner’s but I think he will create more chances than Milner. AND GEREMI PLAYED THE FINAL OF THE AFC AND THAT WAS CAMEROON vs Egypt.

  • Obafan

    Mar 7, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #17

    A geordiedoonsooth – With Taylor in the team we always give a couple of silly chances away; like presents cause Taylor can not clear the ball; his passing is average; he hasn’t got that much pace and he thinks he is the best player of whole Newcastle. Bad attitude; he should be glad to have the opportunity to play for Newcastle ansd stop crying about his contract. If he was worht it; the board and srtaff would already have taken their conclusions and made him a fantastic offer.

    Cacapa lacks pace, but he is very good in choosing his position and he can pass a descent ball. I think his biggest problem is the fact that they (staff) doesn’t give him the confidence which he needs. If you see week in week out that another central defender, who can make as many mistakes after another can play at your position knowing that if you (Cacapa) get a chance and make 1 mistake that you will be dropped the next week. Things are not 100% honnest at Newcastle (other examples are; Emre; Martins; Smith; Butt; Geremi).

  • Whitt

    Mar 7, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #18

    Geremi should only be played at RB or RM…otherwise, don’t bother.

    Cacapa has been nowhere near as bad as Taylor this year, except against Pompey.

    Milner has been very good for most of the year…consistently one of our best players. (and Wright-Phillips is SO OVER-RATED).

    Geremi Beye Cacapa Enrique
    Milner Faye Zog Duff
    Owen Smith

    with Faye protecting the defense, allowing Geremi and Enrique to overlap and whip crosses in…

  • ksmit

    Mar 7, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Obafan, I’m not saying that Taylor is better than Cacapa but in all honesty I see Taylor being in the squad longer than Ccacapa and we need him to be a more experienced player with some leadership qualities. We’re not going to be getting John Terry any time soon! Since the season is a write off we may as well be developing some or our younger players that will help us in the future (Everyone else has pointed this out for Carrol) and if we only have Diatta until the end of the season we may as well get something out of him… anyone agree?

  • Leo

    Mar 7, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #20

    its good that he is giving the club priority over his country.

  • iain

    Mar 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #21

    blackburn have swiss international cm johann vogel (30) on trial.

    pity we could do with another cm.

    i would have thought with barton being useless, emre being crocked that a free agent cm would be more important to us than a ch.

  • Matthew Tom

    Mar 7, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Geremi is far too slow these days to start for us either at CM or RB. He may be solid at RB due to positioning and experience but nippy wingers will leave him for dead and he couldn’t overlap effectively even if Milner was on crutches. Beye is a far better bet at RB although Geremi should always be on our bench due to his versatility, at least until we buy some decent hungry players in the summer. We should stop buying players who are past their best and taking a ‘step down’ from ‘bigger’ clubs – e.g Smith, Butt, Geremi, Duff, Owen (tough call as I am a big fan but he just doesn’t look hungry to me playing for us) and arguably Carr (arguable only on the basis of Spurs arguably being ‘bigger’ – he is crap plain and simple). We should be finding players with something to prove.

  • Obafan

    Mar 7, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #23

    iain – indeed that really is a pity. Vogell played a couple of years ago for PSV Eindhoven and was together with Cocu, the leader of that team. He then made a step higher to go to Milan and I’m afraid it was a step too high for him. He didn’t play that often, but we really could use him these days. Perhaps if Blackburn does not want him, we might do a good job. Let us hope 😉

  • Whitt

    Mar 7, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Geremi wasn’t too slow to play RB AND overlap at the ACN…and those Africans are pretty quick…i watched several of those matches and that was why he played so well; he went on overlapping runs all day and whipped in great crosses.


    Mar 7, 2008 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Taylor is quick yes and he does make mistakes but dont most Centre backs at 22 year old he is so much better than given credit for he he is great in the air, strong, versatile and a natural leader. ok maybe i overdid the thing about Cacapa making more mistakes this season but Taylor has been our best Defender for the last 3 season and has played really against all the top strikers and sides:

    Last season against Chelsea and marking Drogba he was awesome in the air and timed his tackles to perfection and bossed the whole backline, containing bramble, nobby and carr we got a 0-0 draw

    Against Man Utd he Marked Rooney out of the game and Edgar marked Ronaldo out of the game those two should start over Cacapa were fantastic and Milner was great as well in a 2-2 draw

    Against spurs away he carried us at the back alongside nobby, ramage and huntington putting in numerous tackles and blocks and again owned berbatov in the air along with given gave us the opportunity to win 3-2

    Against Henry and Van persie against arsenal away showed his played great at right back showing fine positional play to make loads of interceptions and play directly against Van persie first half and Henry who drifts wide left a lot in the second half, Taylor helped us to an away draw 1-1 in a back four containing ramage, bramble and moore (Who i liked)

    Against Liverpool at home in a 2-1 win he played great at right back alongside onyewu (God was he shit) bramble and babayaro. Taylor never gave Zenden a sniff and won the penalty we scored from:
    “Full-back Steven Taylor showed remarkable poise to dance his way into the box, where he was tripped by John Arne Riise, and referee Halsey pointed to the spot”

    He was going fine this season until Fat Spam dropped him after the Man city away match when most of the blame went on taylor when rozenhal was mostly to blame and beye had a rare off day also.

    Cacapa who i was really excited when we signed as id seen him for Lyon and was impressed struggled against pompey and Villa in particular against big mobile strikers Benjani, Harewood and Carew and that is the premiership all over pace and power and Cacapa as much as i regret to say it doesnt cut it and is too old to adapt Drogba took two seasons to adapt and he has all the attributes to succeed in England which Cacapa doesnt as ive said he is not fast, stong or tall enough i dont dislike him but he is not cut out for our league.

    He is 32 and will probably go in the summer he is not as bad as ive said but Taylor is a much better option and should not be wasted as the lad will play for England and will be great for another club if we let him go.

    Edgar should get his chance and so should Diatta in place of Taylor who has admittedly struggled the last couple of months, mostly in my opinion as he has played virtually non stop for 3 and a half seasons as weve played twice in the intertoto and he played in the under 21 championships

    So too has Milner but he never tires or drops his performances the lad is a genius and if you think i defend taylor and KK too much, Then dont start on Milner because youre asking for it big time…

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 7, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #26

    funny that, i said we should get vogel on a free a few weeks ago.


    Mar 7, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Tom_Toon i mentioned Vogel ages ago as well and havent you got any smart arse remarks about my enpassioned speech on the legend that is steven taylor

  • BILLY - B

    Mar 7, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #28

    there must be a lot of short memorys out there every body putting geremi in the team he was alongside barton as the worst player before he whent of for the africa cup this is the side that should be out on sunday.
    harper – beye – taylor – faye – enrique – milner – butt – nzogbia or emre – duff – martin – owen
    the bench — foster caqcapa lua lua carol edger

  • Whitt

    Mar 8, 2008 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #29

    Billy, i do know what you mean about short memories for Geremi. i actually feel the same way for those who are trying to put him in midfield. he looked like a completely different player while at RB for Cameroon. if he is not going to be used there, then he’s no use to the squad.

  • richie

    Mar 8, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #30

    centre midfield is pathetic at mo, what we lack is driving players, we need t concentrate on tall commanding midfielders in the summer to build a team around


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