Geremi – It’s All Down To Kevin Keegan

Geremi has talked today to the Newcastle Journal and he thinks Newcastle United’s recent turnaround and great form is all down to Kevin Keegan.


Geremi – turnaround all down to the confidence of Kevin Keegan

The free agent summer signing from Chelsea believes his improving personal fortunes are down to the confidence the new Newcastle manager has shown in him.

Geremi said today:

“We were in a very, very bad situation a few weeks ago but we stuck together under the manager’s guidance and that has helped us turn things around”

“We listened to him and he was always confident that we would come out of this situation.”

“When that message comes from the manager it does give you confidence. We trained well, we worked hard and now we’re starting to get our reward.”

It took some time for Geremi to return from the African Cup of nations as Cameroon reached the final where they were defeated by reigning champions Egypt.

Kevin Keegan watched those games and said that he though Geremi was playing very well in the tournament, and it was obvious he couldn’t wait to meet and train with the Cameroon International.

By Kevin’s own words he was keen to see what he could do, and after a few training sessions Kevin said he had to have Geremi in the team somewhere, because of his vast experience and savvy play.

He has fitted in brilliantly on the right side of midfield where his great passing and crossing ability is used to very good effect. He reminds us a little of the way David Beckham plays on the right using his great passing ability to bring in other players.

And of course Geremi’s an excellent taker of free kicks as he proved for Cameroon during the recent championships, and proved on Sunday with a beautiful strike for the all important second goal.

We think Geremi is turning out to be another solid summer buy by Sam Allardyce and he is proving Kevin right in his thinking. That we don’t need more than say four (or five) very good players to come in during the summer.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Leo

    Apr 3, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #1

    what i think is that the picture of geremi is quite scary

  • Charlie Bucket

    Apr 3, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I think when you look at results this season, most of our wins have come (if not all of our wins) when Geremi has been in the starting line-up so I think that tells you something about what an important player he actually is.

    His free kicks and corners could be of a better standard, but hopefully his goal on Sunday will trigger an improvement in set pieces. However, I think having him in the team has a positive effect on the other players and he is a good passer too like you say. In fact the passing in general on Sunday was very good :).

    I believe Geremi to be a good, committed player and I hope to see his performances go from strength to strength under Keegan.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 3, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Geremi needs to sort his corners out! He had a couple of dodgy moments in the Fulam game, but he has been excelent since then. Keep it up Geremi and sort your corner taking out!!

  • Eric

    Apr 3, 2008 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    I like Geremi’s modesty. It is not all KK though he obviously has much credit by turning things around. If it is not there you cannot put it there. I think Geremi and some others have got it and KK is getting it on song. Some I feel in the team have reached their limits and will have to move on eventually. KK knows this but still seems to get something out of them. We do need another commanding CB and a quality playmaker in midfield. Love to see some really jinking wingers with the crosses for Oba and Michael though. Zog may still want to stay. Who knows.

  • Stuart

    Apr 3, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    I read Bobby Robson’s article in the mail on sunday a couple of months ago and Bobby said that Jose Mourinho sold him because he thought Geremi was past it. he said “Mister, Geremi runs like a 40 year old”…

    And Geremi wasnt that impressive before KK’s return so I believed that. Now he is apparently playing well……

    can someone make sense of this? was Mourinho right or is KK getting better out of that what the special one could???

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree with Mourinho because Geremi dosent have much pace, which is why Mourinho described it like that. He dosent jink past people like Milner does, he playes deeper. He contributed a lot to the midfield on Sunday so i think we should stick with him even when Milner is fit

  • Faustino

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #7

    Er…sorry – when does Milner ‘jink’ past people 😉

    In fairness James probs has the edge on Ron for pace but it’s not a competition to be shouting about when it comes to who can skin people better.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    Faustino, milner is a class player and he has bags of skill, not as much as ronaldo but he does get down the wing with pace and gets past people. Geremi dosent because thats not the way his game is

  • Neil

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    His set pieces are generally terrible. He seems to just get some sort of kick out of hitting the first man – EVERY TIME. Also his passing is pretty shambolic for someone who KK talks of now as a first team starter. Played decent against Spurs though.

  • stu

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Geremi is a good player but his knees are gone, he will be no good going forward

  • Marty

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    RONALDEANO!Milner is a grt player???
    He can certainly skin people but the final touch is almost always wayward or just pathetic so i would keep geremi there or DUFF or LUA LUA

  • HeronMag

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Geremi’s attitude is a testament to KK’s achievements since his return.

    Even when the lads were getting hammered week-in-week-out under KK they were coming out publicly and were saying they were happier, training harder and soon we would see the dividends.

    I hope this run continues so we can finally put to bed the myth that KK is a poor manager. His record of improving failing sides speaks for itself.

    Keep the faith!

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #13

    I rate Milner like Marty, i dont care what anyone says. He has had a bit of bad form lately but he is a brilliant player and he is still only young

  • Faustino

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Ronaldeano – Milner’s a great player but I honestly don’t think his strongest facet is to skin people. I’m sure many would agree! 🙂

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 3, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #15

    @faustino, if that were the case, Milners game would be similar to Geremi’s

    But it’s not!!! 🙂

  • scott9

    Apr 3, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #16

    i hav always rated geremi i think heis a great player n a great leader i new he would come good hes a great player to hav in the team

  • Spyro

    Apr 3, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Faustino you are right, Milner is not that fast, he is not slow either but he is not a fast winger like lennon, walcott, pennant etc. He is more around the speed of Bentley, Jenas etc and in my opinion milner would be a better midfielder in the middle of the park rather than the wing

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 3, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #18

    Mourinho sells Geremi(or let him go for free) because he has a lot of players in that position. I’m sure you guys know other players in Chelsea can run faster, even faster than Milner. So, no wonder Mourinho deemed him as cannot run.

    A good footballer don’t really need pace to be successful. Pace is advantage but without pace, we still can play nice and good football.

    I think every footballer is about the same, of course there are some who are above the rest but when it comes to get result, how we play is much more important than how he plays.

    I would like to have Geremi with us longer. He has been with the greatest club, winning major honours. TO be part of that team, there is no way you are an average player.

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Apr 3, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #19

    4-3-3 is the reason everyone is looking much better! we have a slow midfield, but very hard working efficient players who can boss a game with heavy tackles, good positioning, and simple distribution. We then have a platform to build on, and then the pace of martins, the guile of owen and the strength and ball skills of The Duker can all be used to their full effects. Everyone is playing in a system that maximizes the individuals abilities…but will Geremi fit into the team next year, or Butt, Owen, Viduka, Barton for that matter, when king kev goes back to a 4-4-2?! I doubt it! A 4-4-2 relies heavily on pace in the Premiership, and those five players do not have that

  • Tom Cairns

    Apr 3, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #20

    we had pace under kk when playing 442 in midfield with zog, duff and milner but played shit, why is everyone so sure we will revert to this ?

  • joppadoni

    Apr 3, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #21

    milner is very simple in style, very effective in what he brings. his final ball is 99% perfect. delivery is always of a high standard.

    anyone who says geremi should be in ahead of milner is a tit. 1 GG in all appearances geremi has had is rubbish. though i wish him well in whatever MLS club he goes to in the summer. his goal at the weekend was ok. im not sure if he wasnt trying to pass out to the right corner flag tbh tho..

  • Hadrian

    Apr 3, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #22

    “milner is very simple in style, very effective in what he brings. his final ball is 99% perfect. delivery is always of a high standard.”

    spat me tea out reading that , milners final ball is useless 99% of the time , dunno who you been watching .

  • Spyro

    Apr 3, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #23

    yeah joppadoni you must be smoking pcp or something. that is a crazy statement. milners delivery is the one section of his game that everyone agrees needs vast improvement.

    and also it is clear the freekick goal came straight off of the training ground.

  • joe

    Apr 3, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #24

    ronaldeano is spot on. Geremi takes a great free kick but his corners hit the first defender EVERY time. Hopefully he will improve that and maintain the rest of his form. All 3 midfielders have been super in the last 3 games, 🙂

  • joe

    Apr 3, 2008 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #25

    joppadoni – nobba. Milner’s final ball is the thing he needs to work on most!!!!!!!!

  • HonoraryGeordie

    Apr 3, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #26

    Duff and Milner pace? I’ve seen turtles move faster than those two! Seriously, I saw Derby’s Moore out run both of them, and he is a turtle(head)

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 3, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #27

    He looks like Sloth from The Goonies.



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