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N’Zogbia Told To Keep His Head Down – Keegan

Kevin Keegan has been talking today about our 21 year old left winger and French Under-21 International Charles N’Zogbia.


Charles N’Zogbia – situation with Newcastle is unchanged

Kevin talked to the Evening Chronicle today regarding the position of N’Zogbia:

“I still see it the same way – we have from now until the end of the season to sort things out.” “His future lies here for as long as we want because he’s got a three-year contract.”

“I told him to get his head down, work hard and then we would see where we were at the end of the season.” “That’s the promise I made to him, and that’s what we’ll do. That has not changed,”

Charles has been on the Newcastle bench for the last two games and that’s where he will again start at White Hart Lane tomorrow, but when he’s come off the bench he’s been full of purpose.

Charles doesn’t turn 22 years-old until May of this year, and yet he has already appeared for the club 133 times, with 98 starts since joining Newcastle in August, 2004 under Bobby Robson’s successful reign.

We like Charles a lot, but if he thinks his future lies elsewhere, we are willing to see him leave Newcastle, just as long as Newcastle get the fee they deserve for this excellent young player.

The starting fee for Charles has to be around £10M, but we still hope when push comes to shove, he’ll be at the club in August.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • Spyro

    Mar 29, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Spurs will be in for Zoggy now they have missed out on downing, im sick of losing our young good players, Zoggy can F**K OFF if he wants, no loyalty at all, he needs to learn from Martins.

  • scott9

    Mar 29, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #2

    if zog wants to go live in london let him go but i can tell u we got no chance of getting 10m for him and if spurs do come in for him i would look at a swap for dawson or zokora

  • Matt Lacey

    Mar 29, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Zokora can’t pass forward and Dawson is a liability when he’s not partnered with someone good like King or Woodgate – no thanks. Out of the entire Spurs midfield I’d either like to see us get Taarabt (but we need someone who could slot straight into the left wing) or Lennon.

    I’d love to see Bentley sign for us but I don’t see it happening somehow 🙁

  • scott9

    Mar 29, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #4

    taarbt we have no chance and lennon keep dreaming and i think dawson would be a good signing if we signed an experienced cb aswell but i agree he is a liability otherwise but young cbs always r.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 29, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #5

    scott9 why do we have no chance for taarabt?

  • Matt Lacey

    Mar 29, 2008 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree Taarabt and Lennon are ambitious but we might as well be ambitious – most people here aren’t all that impressed by the idea of signing Top 4 rejects, signing Spurs rejects doesn’t sound much better!

    If the money’s there to be spent, I’d like to see Keegan at least try make exciting signings!

  • Zx

    Mar 29, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ll love to have Huddlestone…strong, classy and versatile.

    Maybe a 1 to 1 exchange may be able to tempt them to sell.

  • Thomas

    Mar 29, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Paired with an experienced centreback, dawson is no better than taylor and taylor has the added passion. he can stay at spurs

  • scott9

    Mar 29, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #9

    taarabt is a very good player and is still only young and so why do tottenham hav any reason to sell him

  • Greg B

    Mar 29, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #10

    You could say the same about us and Charles, we have no reason to sell him, he has plenty left on his contract – if he dosent want to play for the Toon then its up to Keegan/ Ashley wether to let him go or stick him in the stiffs, Im sick of young lads making a name for themselves at a club that gave them a chance then turning their backs as soon as a ‘bigger’ club shows some interest.
    I personally would stick him in the reserves if he didnt want to play for us unless we get a huge offer we cant refuse rather than let him go on the cheap simply because he has had his head turned.
    £10mil dosent seem that unreasonable considering the fees we got for Dyer and Parker.

  • Ausgeordie

    Mar 29, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Sell him for 12 mill or swap him for lennon and huddlestone. Might as well go for it We dont have to sell him so the deal should favour us

  • Leo

    Mar 29, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #12

    a bigger club come get him? your surely not talking about tottenham? ehem haha

    keep him let him sulk if thats the case which i am optimistic it isnt, we cant afford to let anyone good go.

  • Leo

    Mar 29, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #13

    huddlestone would be someone we should try and get not in a swap for charlie just try and offer 5-6million

    fortune favoures the brave haha

  • KKN39

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #14

    can’t imagine any club will offer 10 mio for him. 7 mio the bottomline for us tho. and we need someone from spurs in exchange. Huddlestone may be the only plausible one we need and can afford. but try the best to keep Zog before we jump into any conclusion. if he goes we’ll need to look abroad for skilful, pacy and versatile attacker. Arshavin, McGeady, Payet, and some cheaper and young aggressive (and still relatively unknown) Africans, Argentines and East Europeans may be the prospect for us … for some reason i don’t think Brazilians will ever fit in here …

  • El Rabbiachi

    Apr 1, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #15

    I think a few more starts this season and a big signing early on in the window will convince zog he should stay. He may be a moody barsteward, but at least he isnt a trouble maker in the vein of Dyer, Bramble et al


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