Abdoulaye Faye spent much of January on international duty with Senegal at the African Cup of nations, but since he has come back he has impressed Keegan greatly and ended up cementing the center-back position at the club.
Abdoulaye Faye – has been solid at the back under Keegan
Abdoulaye, who is so powerful in the air, talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œWe have shown what we can do and we played very well in some periods.â€ â€œI think the turning point of the season may have been at Birmingham in the second half.â€
â€œIf we played like that every week we would be much higher in the Premier League.â€ â€œIf we win the next few games I will be very happy to finish the season, because I feel there are some big improvements.â€
Abdoulaye Faye is contracted to Newcastle until 2010, but the Senegal International knows that no player can take his place for granted in Kevinâ€™s side, and they are all still playing for their Newcastle careers.
Kevin Keegan is expected to do a bit of transfer business in the summer, and we think heâ€™ll do more than most people think, and players will be moving out as well as new players coming into the club.
â€œItâ€™s all about how much hard work we put in the last few games and what we do as a team.â€ â€œIf we all stick together, at least we can finish on a high.â€
â€œMaybe Lamine could play some part for us this season.â€ â€œThe manager makes these decisions and nobody else.â€
â€œBut heâ€™s a good player and a very good friend of mine who wouldnâ€™t let anybody down. Heâ€™s very strong in the air and a big character â€“ but weâ€™ll have to wait and see.â€
Of course Faye can play defensive midfield too, and that may still be where he ends up playing eventually under Keegan. But he is also a no nonsense center-back who gives his all in every single game. That’s just one of the things we like about the player, who was a great acquisition by Big Sam.
We’d like to see Lamine Diatta at some point get a run out in the first team so we can see what he can do and Newcastle can then make a decision on whether to extend his contract past the summer.
Diatta can also play at right back of course and from all reports he has looked the real deal in training and while playing three full games for the Newcastle Reserves side.
He certainly has a lot of experience and if he’s anything like our other two Senegal players (Faye and Beye) – he’ll do just fine. 😀