Our African Four Have Made Huge Difference

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.” “They are terrific athletes and terrific professionals.”

“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.”

“Then we’ve got Oba who is a total one-off and gives us something no-one else does.” “Habib also has been outstanding in recent weeks and his energy and enthusiasm is unbelievable.”

“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.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • adam

    Apr 16, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #1

    my player of the seasobn would go to habib beye

  • Jack

    Apr 16, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #2

    It’s funny that three of them are Big Sam signings.

  • It's Toon Time

    Apr 16, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #3

    I think most fans would agree with you Adam

  • Rich

    Apr 16, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #4

    my god, the ammount of adverts and dross on this website has gone up so much my computer is struggling to cope with all the rubbish.

  • bozo

    Apr 16, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #5

    Just a pity he didnt know how to use them Jack.

  • moomfan

    Apr 16, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #6

    the best player on the squad is Oba. he is young, skillful, energetic and committed. now, 23 more players like that and we could rule the football world for years to come. micheal is showing his worth and so are some of the more experience players, such as, beye, barton, butt and geremi. but, we cannot expect the same service from these older lads come next season and that is why we need 5 or 6 quality figthers in. out the door : carr, ramage, edgar, ameobi and troisi. with the young boys, baheng, lua lua, kadar and tozer pushing for first team, we can have a strong squad come august. the 5 players out are worthless to the team. fortunately i see worth in the rest of the first team, including the injured ones: emre, given, capaca, duff, milner, zog(fix his head) and the returning roz. howay the lads!!! 08-09.

  • Leo

    Apr 16, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #7

    well the website needs to be paid for rich

  • Callum

    Apr 16, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Rich – Something has to pay to keep this great site running so get used to it or there wouldnt be a blog in the first place!

  • steve

    Apr 16, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #9

    @moomfan – errr I think you missed Smith off the worthless list. It’s no surprise we’ve started winning since he was dropped, playing him is worse than playing with ten men as he constantly gives away free kicks and seems to be unable to either hold onto the ball or pass it to anyone in black and white stripes

  • steve

    Apr 16, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Actually Ed – it’s probably worth moving the photos to a different page as the site is getting a bit cluttered

  • Tripp

    Apr 16, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #11

    I agree Steve. For those with a slower connection it slows the page loads down. Ed, just create a page for photos. That should solve the problem.

  • Shanghaitoon

    Apr 16, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #12

    moomfan, I wouldn’t want to get rid of Edgar! I think he has a lot to offer in Defense and still young too. Agree with others though… add Smith in as someone also said…

  • Ian

    Apr 16, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #13

    The African lads make a good core of the team, upbeat and always try hard, plus they all have good skills, Sam’s biggest mistake was undervaluing Oba, Kevin Keegan isnt so stupid.

  • ehssi

    Apr 17, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    its still 4games left of the season, so i hope that the player of the season will surprise me. I will cross me fingers that J Barton and Martins will play brilliant the last four matches =)


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