Geremi and Barton Top Players – Steve Harper

Goalkeeper Steve Harper believes Geremi and Joey Barton are both capable of making themselves a key part of Keegan’s new side that will be under construction during the summer transfer season.


Barton and Geremi
– both playing great right now in midfield

Goalkeeper Steve Harper spoke to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“Geremi is a popular guy and I’ve said that from the moment he came into the club. He has the respect of all the players because he’s been there and done that, but it’s hard, even for players as experienced as him, to slot straight into a new team,”

“It happens the whole time. Good players go to another club and things don’t work out for them straight away, but the ability will shine through in the end.”

“If you look at Geremi and Joey Barton, that is what has happened. They have slotted into a new formation, the team have played better and they have been part of that and responded to it.”

“It’s amazing what a bit of confidence can do. But they are both top players and we are starting to see that on a more regular basis now.” “We’re playing some great stuff, we’re passing the ball round people, we’re moving off the ball and running in behind teams,”

“That’s the sort of Newcastle United people want to see and the manager and the coaches are starting to get that out of us. Now we have to maintain it.”

Geremi started the season well and was made captain but then he had a rough time of it, and wasn’t in the starting 11 too much so he was relieved of the captaincy.

That must have been a blow to the Cameroon International, but he seems to have taken it in his stride and turned in a couple of great performances for Kevin Keegan in the last two games. He made the first goal for Joey Barton and scored the second on Sunday direct from a free-kick , so he really contributed to the win.

These boys will be even better next season as they understand fully how Kevin Keegan plays the game, and it’s exciting for the Newcastle fans to see so many of the team playing so very well at this vital stage of the season.

But we need to keep the good form and the win streak going for Saturday against Reading.

All 3 points is a must for us at home on Saturday against a team below us in the league.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Eric

    Apr 3, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    I am pleased that Geremi is now showing his promise. I always felt he was given too much unjustified criticism earlier on. He has experience and he does not moan when he is
    asked to play in different positions or play different roles. Some players should take note.
    We still need some extra quality in the Summer but if the current trend continues it may only be about 4 or even 5.

  • Leo

    Apr 3, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    well done ed for the good mark by the blog people.

    i however say it should have been 10/10

  • Hadji

    Apr 3, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Definetely the 2 players i would keep for the next season,but i’m not sure if we should keep the 4-3-3 formation cause it can be suicidal sometimes.If only we could play like in the last 2 games but with a 4-4-2.

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed, a mistake there in the article. Geremi assists Butt, not Joey. Maybe you type too many Joey Barton inside your article.

    These 2 guys + Butt are incredible. 3 men midfield but playing like 5.

  • Obafan

    Apr 3, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #5

    They both deserve the credits for recent efforts. Geremi has completely changed his confidence after the ACN and under KK.

    Let us hope this will be the first sign for Barton to stay on the good side of the line. If he can focus on his football career then he will only grow under KK.

  • hanzemre

    Apr 3, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh yea more of the same brilliant performances please for Reading game. Those 3 players in Geremi, Barton, Butt played together & managed to create chances & even scored themselves. Maybe this week Barton is to score for us.


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