Goalkeeper Steve Harper believes Geremi and Joey Barton are both capable of making themselves a key part of Keeganâ€™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:
â€œGeremi is a popular guy and Iâ€™ve said that from the moment he came into the club. He has the respect of all the players because heâ€™s been there and done that, but itâ€™s hard, even for players as experienced as him, to slot straight into a new team,â€
â€œIt happens the whole time. Good players go to another club and things donâ€™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.â€
â€œItâ€™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.â€ â€œWeâ€™re playing some great stuff, weâ€™re passing the ball round people, weâ€™re moving off the ball and running in behind teams,â€
â€œThatâ€™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.â€
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.