Habib Beye is looking forward to starting his first Derby game on Sunday. Habib did come on for the last 30 minutes in the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of light last November, so he has tasted the atmosphere previously.
Habib Beye – top class player for Newcastle
Habib has talked at length today to the Newcastle Journal about the derby game on Sunday:
â€œI havenâ€™t yet experienced the full atmosphere of a Newcastle-Sunderland match,â€ â€œI will find out what it is like on Sunday.â€ â€œSunderland is a good team but we are confident. We want to win the last four games. Itâ€™s very important for next season. In the first game (between the sides this season) I came on for the last half an hour.â€
â€œIt was a big atmosphere because Sunderland really wanted to beat Newcastle. Now itâ€™s different because weâ€™re playing at home and with 50,000 fans behind us.â€ â€œIâ€™ve never played against Roy Keane but he was a very good player,â€ â€œWhen I was younger I watched big teams. Manchester United were a big team and Roy Keane was a big player. When Sunderland play you can see something of him in their style.â€
â€œI prefer the atmosphere at derby matches,â€ â€œI wouldnâ€™t say the football is a party, but itâ€™s a game. You canâ€™t have fights between fans of Newcastle and Sunderland at the stadium, itâ€™s just football.â€ â€œI realize the fans hate each other,â€
â€œI bought a new house near Ponteland recently and the two men working on it, one was a Newcastle fan, the other supported Sunderland. The Newcastle fan was telling me, â€˜Donâ€™t lose because on Sunday I hate this guy! The rest of the time I love him but on Sunday I hate him!â€™
â€œItâ€™s good. You always want to win against Sunderland, against all the teams, but itâ€™s just a game. You canâ€™t have people fighting about football. When you see people in the streets they always tell you we need to win.â€
“Itâ€™s a good atmosphere for a player because you have a little pressure. Thereâ€™s a bit on you when you play teams like Portsmouth but, before a game like this, everybody talks about it. You can maybe lose a game during the season but not this one.â€
We have to say that Habib seems to know all about what if means to win these derby games, and of course Beye has been a huge success on Tyneside in his very first season.
We hear that his beautiful 2 year-old daughter attends the games at St. James’ Park. Habib is obviously schooling his daughter on the great importance of football in life. 😀
Habib is a great player but also a great professional, and we’re so pleased we have him at the club, because he promises to be an excellent right-back for Kevin Keegan in his second revolution at Newcastle.
He has certainly turned out to be one of Sam’s very best buys.