Big praise today from Kevin Keegan for our African contingent of Faye, Beye, Geremi and Martins, and so richly deserved too.
Four smart looking lads – Faye, Geremi, Beye and Martins – playing great
Kevin told Newcastle World TV today:
“The African lads are very important at this club because when they were away at the Nations Cup it was more than 20 per cent of our first-team squad,”
“At most clubs these days African players are important and it’s easy to see why if the lads here are anything to go by.â€ “They are terrific athletes and terrific professionals.â€
“They do things right and players such as Geremi and Abdoulaye Faye certainly know their way around the streets and have got a lot of experience.â€
“Then we’ve got Oba who is a total one-off and gives us something no-one else does.â€ “Habib also has been outstanding in recent weeks and his energy and enthusiasm is unbelievable.â€
“It’s no coincidence they have been ever-present during our recent run and having them back has made a huge difference.”
It’s good to see Kevin giving out praise where it’s due, and this will be a massive boost to all four players. It’s always good to hear players being excellent professionals because it rubs off on other players and is a great example top the younger lads at the club.
And we’re pleased Kevin talks about Oba as being a one-off. That’s because he is, and that’s why so many other clubs are interested in him, you just don’t know what he’s going to do next, and he can score at any time. He’s such an exciting player to have in the team.
We just hope Kevin plans to start him next season, so Oba can see a place for himself in Newcastle’s very bright future under the maestro Keegan.
But credit where credit is due, and these four lads have been just great for Kevin Keegan since they returned from the African Cup of Nations. Both their skillful play and enthusiastic attitudes are a joy to Newcastle fans.