Diatta Playing For Longer Contract at Newcastle

Keegan has explained the signing of Senegal captain Lamine Diatta as a no-lose situation for Newcastle United.


Lamine Diatta – obviously pleased to join Newcastle

The 32-year-old 6’0″ Senegalese can play anywhere across the back four, but his best and favored position is at center-back.

Lamine has only agreed to sign a contract until the end of this season and that is so he has the chance to prove he’s worth a longer and more attractive contract.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating so we’ll get a chance to see just how good Lamine is before the end of the season.

Kevin talked about Lamine yesterday:

“Look at the center-halves we have at the moment, Steven Taylor, (Abdoulaye) Faye and (Claudio) Caçapa and, at a push, (Habib) Beye,”

“This opportunity came up to take an international, vastly experienced, who has just played in the African Nations Cup, until the end of the season.”

“If he does really well he could put himself in the shop window for everybody but he also puts in a challenge for us to sign him for next season.”

“If I lost a center-half to a three-match ban that’s a third of what is left of our season when we have not got much cover, so that’s why I have him here.”

As far as defenders go we still expect Kevin to bring in Wes Brown on a free transfer in the summer, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens to Lamine.

But it’s completely up to him now – and if he gets in the team and plays well Kevin may sign him for a season or two.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Mar 8, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #1

    Kev clearly has something against Edgar!! He’s signed this old fella to take his place as serial bench warmer!

  • Marty

    Mar 8, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Hope this guy doesn`t have feet like boumsong or Bramble,hope he does really well n finally we have someone solid!
    Howay the lads today,geordie pride!!!!

  • ShiNg

    Mar 8, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #3

    Shall we see him on the field tonight?

  • Leo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #4

    why does he not have clothes on? does he know how cold it gets up hear?

  • stacey

    Mar 8, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #5

    i think diatta will do good, av seen sum of his defendin and its wa we need to boost owa defence up! he was obviously captain of senegal 4 a reson ! Cumon tha toon !

  • Marty

    Mar 8, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Leo the photo was to show Viduka what a fit footballer is supposed to look like,ie in shape ha ha

  • Leo

    Mar 8, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    haha, vodka as i like to call him is a picture of a man, obviously a very fat man but you know what i mean haha

  • touti coy

    Mar 8, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #8

    why he do not play today against the Reds ?


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