Keegan – Faye Best Player On Pitch On Saturday

Kevin Keegan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning and was singing the praises of center-back Abdoulaye Faye’s performance on Saturday.


Abdoulaye Faye – best player on pitch on Saturday

Keegan though Faye was as good as anyone against Fulham, as Newcastle were able to keep their first clean sheet since Kevin’s first game in charge against Bolton on January 19.

Keegan said:

“As for Abdoulaye Faye, I thought he was as good as anyone on the pitch on Saturday.”

“Everyone will talk about Michael and rightly so, and maybe Viduka, but Faye was excellent for me.”

We wondered why Cacapa was missing on Saturday, and apparently the Brazilian centre-back has been injured and could be out for the next five weeks. We don’t know what the injury us, and it’s not yet listed on

But we still have Peter Ramage and David Edgar, both of whom can play anywhere across the back four and these two we think will be given run-outs before the end of the season.

And of course we have Lamine Diatta, the Senegal captain, who we think Kevin must try out to see if it is worth an extended contract in the summer. By all reports in training. Lamine is a very good player indeed.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far


    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Not so sure about him, but maybe he really is good? Well FAYE is a not the leader I would wish in the back four…we really need one there in summer (first priority!)

  • toony

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #2

    I now hear we’re after Dawson at Spurs. He’s not good enough to improve the squad and only gets a game at White Hart Lane when others are out injured. We need top quality not squad players. Should have hung on to Woody, the best defender in England.

  • Bryan

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    It is a lot easier to play well against the so called lesser teams such as Fulham, lets be honest Fulham were very poor as an attacking side. Has he played as well against the top 4 sides? I dont think so.
    I think the club and more importantly, the fans, need to be realistic in our goals for the next few years. There is now very high expectations by fans on which players will be arriving in the summer. 90% of the players mentioned will not be coming thats for sure. Its easy to say “Lets get him and him and him” but we are not just competing with the top 4 but the likes of, Man City, West Ham, Spurs, Aston Villa & Portsmouth. All these clubs remember have rich backers like our own MA so it is going to be just as hard next season.
    My opinion and thoughts of how our club should progress over the next 3 years are :-
    08/09 – 6 good quality players with PL experience + 1 class foreign player. Finish 7th- 9th.
    09/10 – 4 class players + 2 good quality squad players. Finish 5th – 6th
    10/11 – 3 world class players. Compete with the top 4.
    I dont want to give names of players because everyone has their own opinion, its KK opinion thats counts. On top of this progress if we start and intrduce the good kids we have already brought to the club into the first team the team and club will only get stronger.
    Can we as fans allow the club to build the foundations for the future slowly like I have said over a period of 3 years and not 3 months? I hope so, because this is the only way this club is going to get back to where we want it, competing with the top 4 for the champions league places.

  • Martin

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Faye did have a good game against McBride and Johnson. However, he had struggled against McFadden last time out. I think he’s better at dealing with a big powerful striker, with lots of headers to be won, rather than the smaller, nippy strikers who can run rings around him! So ideally, he’d be used to mark big men – we need someone else who’s quicker and capable of handling the other types of striker.

  • Leo

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    martin eddie johnston is massively tricky and nippy, he is probably one of the fastest players in the premiership…

    i would have voted for faye as man of the match if nicky butt hasnt had such a good game.

  • Doctapaul

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    I also thought Michael Owen played superbly, playing deep, keeping it simple and scoring a goal that he does better than anybody.

    Geremi’s best game in b&w. the way he found Viduka for the first goal was simple. You don’t have to go past a player – only the ball does – a la Lee Clarke – a great ball to feet.

    Great goal from Viduka. And when you have Martins playing in a genuine 4-3-3 formation, the opposition will simply run out of defenders.

    This is the most exciting Newcastle performance, formation and mindset I’ve since since Bobby Robson.

    Barton is slowly picking himself up. Butt is our steady Eddie. Taylor and Faye looked sharp. Enrique has established himself now. Baye looks at little off his best BUT he played well when others were rubbish. Harper’s distribution gives us an extra dimension.

    Positive, positive, positive.

  • Berks via Gateshead

    Mar 25, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Bryan – marvellous post. Absolutely on the money.

    Next season should be about staying consistently in the top 10. No worry of relegation – no panics – no rush buys – no team traumas – just consistent, solid displays. 7th is possible with quality additions to the squad (and I mean additions. If we sell 5 or 6, we need to recruit at least 12) who are experienced.

    We have been poor for a number of seasons now. We must be developmental – not trying to leapfrog unrealistically teams who have a headstart on us. It hamstrings us from the off. The support get wound up, the team get burdened with expectation, the management jittery.

    Typical of our support to start dreaming of top 4 finishes achieved with impossible buys – Carrick et al.

    To my mind, we need the following:
    1 x RB (back up for Beye)
    3 x CB (Sell Cacapa + Roz + replace with the best 2 players we can. Get a younger backup with potential. Use Faye as a CM.)
    2 x RW (Milner does not cut it. We need a strong winger and a young backup)
    1 x LW (when Zog leaves. Use Duff as backup)
    2 x CM (creative players both. Sell Emre. We need players who can create, dribble and pass. And we need our version of Frank Lampard – we need another Bobby Lee! Again, one to lead, one to sit as reserve. Keep Faye, Butt, Geremi + Barton to contest the sitting position)
    1 x CF (Keep the 3 we’ve got. Promote Carroll. Sell Ameobi. But we need something different up front).

    For these, we need to spend at least £50m.

  • Leo

    Mar 25, 2008 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #8

    ####does anyone know if there is a restraunt inside st james park? im sure i read somewhere that there was one called harveys’, but i rang the club to find out and the receptionist said she hadnt heard of it… hope someone knows better#####

  • Doctapaul

    Mar 25, 2008 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #9

    The restaurant is on the corner of the The Milburn Stand and Leazes End – top floor overlloking pitch and city. Restaurant : 0191 201 8525 from

  • Leo

    Mar 25, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #10

    nice one doctapaul. is the restraunt called harveys? just so i know when i call up… once again thanks

  • Doctapaul

    Mar 25, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    I think harvey’s is a bar somewhere else. I haven’t eaten there for years BUT it was very very good. We had our wedding reception there!

  • ScottyT

    Mar 25, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #12

    well looks like KK agrees with me cos i voted for faye on that poll (one of a few who did it seems)

    gd ol KK lol 🙂

  • James

    Mar 25, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #13

    Owen was the best player by quite some distance on Sat. He showed great captaincy, work rate, experience, and cunning, to ensure we won the game.

    Faye was okay but it was Fulham, they never threatened the goal. Against the bigger teams Faye and Taylor have played like strangers. Would never have signed him.

  • scott9

    Mar 25, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #14

    get rid of cacapa in the summer hes always injured

  • Whitt

    Mar 25, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Barton was the best, and Viduka a close 2nd.

  • stumpofthetoon

    Mar 25, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #16

    barton did play better harder to play much worse could not belive how slow he was looking. hope it keeps up butt and geremy are well past there best everytime geremy gets the ball he turs streight back towards are net and passes to the neerest person and alows people to start breathing down are necks. its simple kids stuff get ball look up find someone in space

  • Doctapaul

    Mar 25, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Dear stump,


    1) made Viduka’s goal
    2) Supplied Owen with a perfect header that unfortunately Owen failed to convert, unmarked, from 8 metres?
    3) Put in 3-4 amazing crosses that deserved better luck
    4) Planted a free kick on Owen’s head to score
    5) Had a snap shot that Fulham’s goalie couldn’t hold on to
    6) Had 1 lame shot on target.

    So apart from all the above instances I agree with you. Geremi did pass backwards (to keep possession ) when under pressure. lol

    ps Can you tell me of a midfielder who has had a more effective game this season. Who and which match pls?

  • Obafan

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Indeed for me the best player was Geremi. Far better than Milner on the right wing. Milner has got more pace but that is it. Geremi has the football brain, a good cross. Milner starts to dribble and gives 1 good cross out of 10. Geremi should be first choice at our wing.

  • stumpofthetoon

    Mar 26, 2008 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #19

    viduka made his own goal out of nothing enyone else would not have held of the defender and slotted home. yes free kick owen got on the end of it but that is one out of god knows how meny. u might be right about the rest just sick of seeing the ball not get past the first man. as i have said before no team at this moment in the top 10 would take him for there team. but each to there own

  • Doctapaul

    Mar 26, 2008 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #20

    That’s as well may be about the Top 10.

    I am just so pleased about an overall good, positive team performance in which everybody played their part.

    I am encouraging you to get behind the whole squad as is because I don’t think criticism is helping right now. That time has passed until the end of the season.

    It’s about getting behind every player, every second, of every game until we are safe. OK?

  • stumpofthetoon

    Mar 26, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #21

    dont get me rong totaly behind the team 100 percent


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