We havenâ€™t heard much from Charles Nâ€™Zogbia these last several weeks, and he hasnâ€™t even been able to make the bench over the last few games.
Charles N’Zogbia – turns just 22 at the end of the month
So we donâ€™t know if heâ€™s still got at attitude problem, or whether Kevin has been able to start to get the best out of the French youngster, who turns 22 at the end of this month.
Charles has skills galore but Kevin is not the type of manager to be very patient with footballers who are too self centered, and not good team players.
Kevin talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:.
â€œCharles has got to wait for his chance to get back in.â€ â€œHeâ€™s gone out of the side with an injury at a bad time, as the side has kept winning.”
“Alan Smith is the same, as is Damien Duff.â€â€œSmithy was decimated not to get on against Sunderland a fortnight ago, but I explained my decision to him afterwards.â€
Keegan hasn’t made too many changes to the team since the Birmingham game, and that’s not too surprising given the great run the team has been on.
David Edgar came in for food-poisoning victim Steven Taylor against Reading and the young Canadian defender again deputized well for the injured Senegal international Abdoulaye Faye, at West Ham last Saturday.
It turns out Nâ€™Zogbiaâ€™s last start was in Newcastle last defeat at Liverpool on March 8th â€“ and that could well turn out to be Charles’ final game ever for Newcastle.
The decision is his, as to whether he leaves Newcastle in the summer, but if he’s not determined to stay at Newcastle and make a success of his career on Tyneside, we expect Keegan will allow the youngster to move to London to be closer to his mother and family, who live there.
Charles was one of our best ever young signings and arrived at the club in the summer of 2004 from Le Havre, and was signed by Sir Bobby Robson, just before he was sacked rather ridiculously, by then Chairman Freddy Shepherd.
One of the unknowns right now is whether Charles will be here next season.
We hope he is, but think he will move to a London club this summer.
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