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Keegan – Geremi Fantastic Person To Have At Newcastle

9:56 am, Thursday, April 10th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Geremi is just one of the players who is now playing his best football at Newcastle United for Kevin Keegan.

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Geremi - had a tough first season at Newcastle

There’s no doubt Geremi has had a tough first season on Tyneside, where everything started out well.

Geremi was appointed club captain by Sam Allardyce, but then through loss of form, as much as anything, Sam replaced him as captain with Alan Smith. And then while Geremi and three more of our African players were away at the African Cup of Nations in Ghana, Keegan was appointed manager, and immediately made Michael Owen his captain.

Kevin Keegan talked to the Northern Echo today about Geremi:

“When I first came into the club, I wondered if he might not have been able to hold down a place,” “The feeling I got was that he’d had a tough time.”

“But from the moment he came back from the African Cup of Nations and trained with us, I thought, ‘Wow’.” “Players respect him. He’s a clever player and he doesn’t give the ball away.”

“He’s one of my leaders around the place and he always has a smile on his face.”   “He’s a fantastic person to have around the club.”

Geremi has certainly proved his worth to the club out on the right wing, and he’s playing so well with his close friend, Habib Beye, another player performing heroics for the team right now.

There’s a feel-good factor at Newcastle right now, due to the influence of the great Kevin Keegan, and a win at Portsmouth on Saturday, will only heighten the great expectations that are building with the Newcastle faithful for next season.

Good times are just ahead, we’re almost sure of that.

Comments welcome.



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toooooooooooooooooon // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    just check the stats that our 10 wins and 4 draws come when he started. so i guess he is the real man.

  • 2 Nev // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    may not be the most popular … but the stats speak for themselves!
    keep him in the team and have milner and n’zogbia on the bench to make a late impact with there pace

  • 3 ToonKing // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    did anybody see Bafetemi Gomis the other day scoring a brace ?? the lad is pure gold i’m telling you, he just might be the new Drogba. The first goal from 30 metres low into the right corner with 2 defender on him was magic. We need to get him fast …..fast i say.

  • 4 Eric // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    I always thought Geremi had something to give.
    Took him a while to fit in though, but so it did with Beye and Enrique. Beginning to wonder if the so-called Allardyce way may have done more harm than good to our players. Looks like Fat Sam the Sham was more back room than front room. The only confidence he inspired was in his chewing gum supplier!

  • 5 scottish mag // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    thats us liked with a 6m move for jermaine pennant now http://www.fansfc.com/frontpage/frontpagenews.asp?newsid=183548

    nd toonking gomis looks a brilliant player, i watched the game his first was a peach but he also showed he could get the poacher goal as well and he was a constant threat all night

  • 6 Leo // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    yeah he has proved to be a good signing, free wasnt it, compared to smith 6mil!!! yikes!

  • 7 scottish mag // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    why dont we go for 21 year old javi garcia from osasuna for cm he has been brilliant this season and has a 4 million euro release clause

  • 8 Bill F // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Totally agree ToonKing, I could be wrong but I think I was the first person to mention him on this blog.

  • 9 Obafan // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    We defo should go after Gomis; we can get him in and he will be a very great player in the EPL.

    Geremi has prooved that he is the man to play in front of Beye. Those 2 understand each other very well; Beye knows when to go to attack and Geremi knows when to hold when Beye wants to go upfront.

    Geremi might not have the pace; he is very clever and he has got a real football minded brain. He will alwys try to find the easiest solution.
    The stats say enough on him. Also his attitude is fantastic; he was dropped first as captain (without any decent explanation) and never complained about that. And he had to fight back to become a starter under KK and he has done superb under KK.

  • 10 Spyro // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    if we are going for barcelona stars then why dont we go for Marquez, he is like 28 or something and can play DM, and CB. He is not a regular starter at the club and we could maybe get him, would be a great acquisition

  • 11 Spyro // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Finally Geremi is getting the respect he deserves, his record speaks for itself

  • 12 Obafan // Apr 10, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Spyro – Indeed finally he gets it. He had to work a lot harder for it than others in black and white. And I’m sure if he plays one bad game that he will be criticised again.

  • 13 hanzemre // Apr 10, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    yea thanks to KK who worked him out. He earned some credit. He’s good but KK must add better quality lad in that department in the summer. i doubt we can always winning with 4-3-3 against some teams / whole the 90 mins especially away from SJP. Must now get the team perform in 4-4-2 as good as we’re now with proven 4-4-3.

  • 14 clinta // Apr 11, 2008 at 4:35 AM

    it’s funny how so many people were slagging him off a few weeks ago,

    the guys class, not in his prime now, but his accomplished more in football than most, especially most nufc players.

    so whether his playing week in week out, or just giving the young lads someone to learn from he’s value 247 especially the way his helped out the french speaking lads settle.

    free transfer too… good bit of business




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