Has Keegan Given Up On N’Zogbia?

Charles N’Zogbia hasn’t started for Newcastle United since the Liverpool defeat on 8th March, and although he’s been injured he didn’t even make the bench for Newcastle on Saturday at Fratton Park.


Charles N’Zogbia – almost certain to leave club in summer

Only last week Charles was warned of his attitude by Kevin Keegan and the news was that he seems to have become detached from the team.

Apparently his team mates had also realized this and one or two of them have had a talk with the young Frenchman. But Keegan has never really talked too much recently about Charles, and we think the youngster has probably made his mind up that he wants to move to London in the summer. His mother and other family are down there, which is the main reason Charles says he wants to leave the north-east, where he’s been since 2004.

Kevin has often said he wants to keep Charles, and that he could become a good player at Newcastle, but his attitude problems will not have helped him with Keegan.

We think it’s almost odds on that Kevin will let N’Zogbia move on in the summer, and at least Newcastle should get a decent fee for the French Under-21 international, to help the club fund other transfers in the summer. Tottenham are the most likely club to be interested, although Arsene Wenger has always thought highly of the boy, and of course he’s French.

There is no room on Kevin’s train for immature players, and unfortunately that’s what Charles has been labeled with, and that’s why he will very likely leave the club.

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Matt Lacey

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Well, if he doesn’t want to be part of the team, then fair enough, I’m sure Kevin will find someone who does. Hope we get a reasonable amount of money for him though!

  • wsq

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    wouldn’t be such a loss if he leaves.

    there are better players. samir nasri and ribery

    he’s a player from the bobby robson age might have same mentality as hugo viana.. think he’s better than he actually is.. thinks too highly of himself

  • Craig Allen

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m sure he’ll leave. If he’s not even making the bench and he’s not injured, that’s a sure fire way of getting rid of a temperamental youngster who knows he should make (at the very least) the bench of any EPL team. Kev knows this would be the straw that breaks the camel’s back so I’m positive Keegan doesn’t want Zog around anymore. It’s a shame, but I won’t lose sleep over it – even though I have his name on my shirt. I’m also sure that Nzogbia will become a star in his own right – if he channels that passion into positivity and focuses only on his game. Pity, it won’t be at Tyneside.

  • Spot The Zebra

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Kevin is currently giving NZogbia every chance in pledging his commitment to the club.If he hasnt commited by the summer though i can see Charlie moving on as Keegan doesnt mess about.
    Heres hoping the lad sees where we are going under KK and decides he wants to be part of it.

  • Eric

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope Zog stays. He could mature on Tyneside with KK and the team. I thought Geremi was supposed to be his mate and shoulder to cry on? I suppose we wait and see – can one grow that quickly between now and May? Come on Charlie – bring the family up to Newcastle and settle down with a nice Geordie lass!

  • Davies

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Shame, but I get the impression that there’s a little too much “Big Time Charlie” and not enough commitment.

    He’s good, and will only get better, but I see him as another Nicholas Anelka, rating himself highly and expecting others to do the same. Perhaps he can come back when he’s grown up.

  • Leo

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    hugo vianna wasnt up his own arze, dont know where you got that from.

    as for charlie, if he wants to leave then let him go, we can make a profit on him, go find someone who will do a better job and hopefully cost less… although a big name signing would be good also.

  • Chris

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #8

    What I can’t understand about it all is, when Zog signed for us, why did his family move to London? Why didn’t they move up the North East where he was based? He’s planned this from the start. He left Le Havre the same way.
    At least he still has a long contract and nobody will let him go on the cheap. I’ll be glad to see the back of him. It’s players like him that spoil the rest of the teams moral.

  • Kash2

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Agree Leo, Viana was really unfortunate to pick up bad injuries like the Shoulder Dislocation. He had ability but he was held back because of it. Great technique though! Fine line between success and failure for players!

  • Christer

    Apr 17, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #10

    We saw trouble on the horizon in the way that N’zogbia arrived at Newcastle, with courtcase and all, Its a great youth player, but seems to be a drama queen in some ways, Which is hard on the rest of the team. If he would settle down and take the pasifier as the boy should and start listening he would be a wonderful asset. But I beilieve that he will cause trouble where ever he arrive. There are better players and first and formost players that are more grown up, Would love Reyes in that position if I would choose

  • ToonKing

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #11

    he’s a good player that’s for sure but his attitude and selfishness will see him leave us. not that big of a loss to be honest. his position is easy to replace and there are plenty of youngsters around. let’s get Diego Capel instead of Zog 😀

  • 51times

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Viana just didn’t have the strength or pace for English football. His career hasn’t really gone anywhere since he left us though, it’s a shame because he could have been a cracking player.

  • Stu

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Whilst everyone talks about N’Zogbia and his attitude there hasnt been any real evidence of it (confirmed stories etc). My concern is the N’Zogbia (and Milner for that matter) is always the first one to get dropped. N’Zogbia had a good run but was immediately dropped for Duff when he returned from injury despite Duff playing rubbish. Milner the same. Whilst both are currently injured the previous management have been very bad at dealing with two young players with masses of potential. These are players who we should be developing, not selling off.

  • Ross

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    not a massive loss in my eyes, good player but he thinks he is better than he is (just like taylor). I say get rid of him a make a few quid and splash out some big cash on someone like Geovanni from Barca.

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    The little shit

    If he wants to go to Totenham, let the little squirt

    KK wants winners in his team, not whinging whining, spoilt little shits like Zog

    He is a good little player but his atitude stinks of tripe

    Good riddence 🙂

  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #16

    I am not being funny but lets be honest here Charles is not even worth writing about.
    He has the same attitude as the following former players Jenas,Dyer and Bramble..first of all they think they are rappers from the west coast,they carry with them some kind of deluded image of themselves as being great footballers,wear silly huge (ice) diamond earrings and generally upset dressing rooms with the negative attitude problem.

    As I mentioned in my last post about Charles Newcastle do not need a dressing room filled with home boys and gangster rappers,we need players that fight for the cause and want to wear the shirt with pride.

  • domtoon

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #17

    shame. i liked zoggy. guess if it’s true, then good riddance, if not, come out and say how you really feel charlie… ala martins. now that’s the making of a true hero

  • Canuck

    Apr 17, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #18

    One thing I cannot understand is that no one here seems to be concerned about sending talented players like Zog to teams that are direct rivals.

    I think Zog will be a very good player, although he isn’t yet, but I would be really bugged if he was sent to Totenham and he came back to haunt Newcastle in the future. Does anyboby else think about this?

    I would be very contious of where he goes … I would prefer Arsenal because he wouldn’t play much anyway in the future.

  • shearer4pm

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #19

    good player would be nice to keep him, shame about the attitude cus that really does seem poor.

    nzog out??? nakamura??? in

  • Sal

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #20

    He is as good as gone, let him go to Spurs if he wants to, give him a signed pic of the 4th going in from the other week to take with him.

    Not bothered which team he goes to either, so long as we get a better player in, which I have no doubt we will.

  • Craig Allen

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #21

    lol sirjasontoon Enjoyed your comment – Cheers “homie” ! 😀

    @shearer4pm – Nakamura for Zog? You’re joking right?

  • JJ

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Theres a thought, Nakamura wouldnt be a bad signing on our left side of midfield. Great passer and excellent Set piece taker. Although if we gona go that route I would rather we go for bench warmer Park Ji Song at Man U.
    The guy has a work rate second to none and can also pass well. Play on the left or right, so great squad signing.
    Right to say if Zog wants to stay then he should come out and say it! If he wants to leave then do what Nobby did and say so. Respect to Nobby.

  • JJ

    Apr 17, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #23

    By the way. I have more chance of bedding Cameron Diaz than of us getting Giovanni.
    We should rather be going for someone like Mortem Gamst Pederson, or Kim Kallstrom.
    Remember we also have Damian Duff at the club who I believe can still play despite what others think. If we want pace and power then go for Schweinteiger at Bayern Munich. But with our three pronged attach we need a midfielder who can create AND tackle. Zog fits the role but needs to get his head right. Gareth Barry would be PERFECT but very unlikely.
    Any other Gareth Barrys out there in Europe?

  • briss264

    Apr 17, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #24

    If he wants to go, don’t allow him to go to another premier league team! i know teams from across europe will be interested if u make him available. i do realize his family is in London but thats got nothing to do with the business side of things, thats personal and should be left aside. Newcastle are the ones who will feel the wrath of this if he stays in the premier league. Send him back to france!

  • chuck

    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #25

    No one is irreplaceable , yeah he`s a decent young player with probably a decent career ahead of him, but there`s equally talented youngsters out there available.
    If in fact he is adamant about leaving, then better to let him go than have him cause descension in the dressing room, he should bring a decent price and remember the club paid well below a million for him from Le Havre

  • Matthew Tom

    Apr 17, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Sell him to bloody Lokomotiv Moscow. He should be proud to play for us but he’s always had a prissy, petulant attitude and we can do without players like that. It’s just a shame that if he does get his dream move to Arsenal, he’ll probably cheer up and terrorise us for the next ten years.

  • Whitt

    Apr 17, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #27

    i for one will be sad to see Zog go if this is true. while under SA, he and Milner were the only ones in the team worth watching.


    Apr 17, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #28

    I really think if he did stay him and milner on the flanks would be amazing in helping us win a hatful of FA Cups in the next 10 years, But its looking increasingly likely that he will leave.

    Did anyone see about Everton readying themselves to sign Carr in the summer.

    How does he do it, Leave a club in midtable to one in the UEFA Cup he did when he came from Spurs and somehow despite the dross he has served up every week he gets another big move to a european qualifier!

  • john

    Apr 17, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #29

    its a shame because i think hes possibly our best player and a great one for the future if hes motivated, i seriously think he worth atleast 14-15 million

  • apan

    Apr 18, 2008 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #30

    another Jenas or perhaps Dyer

    talented but…u know the but

  • obafemimartins

    Apr 18, 2008 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #31

    it is really a shame but i dont blame n’zogbia for this. i blame willie mckay because if you read some of the stories in papers the quotes are nzogbia and his AGENT (willie mckay) want him to move. the course of action to take here is punch mckay in the face.

  • keep oba

    Apr 19, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #32

    send him to france not london. or if it must be london…milwall or orient should do just fine


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