We Hope N’Zogbia Stays At Newcastle


Steve Harper was our best player yesterday, but the other player to catch the eye was 22 year-old Charles N’Zogbia, who could have been playing his final game for the Tyneside club.

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Charles N’Zogbia – last game for Newcastle?

We had the same situation last year at this time, when Charles wanted to leave the club.

Of all the teams he could have gone too he wanted to go to Fulham, but when Geremi came to the club, things changed around. Glenn Roeder, had made Charles (then just 21 years old) the scapegoat for a lot of poor displays by the team,

We always thought Glenn was unwilling to confront his senior players during that time so picked on Charles – which we thought was very unfair and unwarranted.

Big Sam was brought in and Geremi took the youngster under his wing, and he has probably had his best season ever for the club.

Charles appeared 36 times this season, with 31 starts and scored 3 goals. One of those was the great goal against Middlesbrough, when he cut in from the left and hit a wonderful right foot shot into the net. One of our best goals of the season.

Yesterday he looked exactly what he is – a young exciting player headed for even greater stardom, if he can keep his head down, and doesn’t get carried away with his own success and start believing his own headlines.

He probably needs some guidance too, and we now have experienced players like Geremi, Beye, Faye and the like, at the club, who all speak French and can freely communicate with N’Zogbia, and act as his mentor as he continues to learn his trade.

Charles says he misses his family and wants to go to London, where there are more frequent flights to France. But that doesn’t sound too good a reason to us to leave the North East. Maybe he just want sot leave Newcastle, and if he does, so be it.

However, Charles is still well liked by the Newcastle faithful, and watching him yesterday, it’s not too surprising why that’s the case.

To be out of the team so long, and then come back and put in a performance like he did at Goodison yesterday, says a lot about the boy. He’s taken a lot of criticism this year, but in the last few weeks Keegan has pointed out he has buckled down very well in training.

He got us the penalty yesterday, just 35 seconds into the second half, when he was just too fast for Yobo, and he looked an exciting player throughout.

And of course he would be brought on famously by the boss, Kevin Keegan, who just loves working with players like N’Zogbia – loves it!

For the record, Charles has made 134 appearances for Newcastle with 98 starts, and scored 9 goals.

The decision will probably rest with young Charles, who turns just 23 later this month.

We hope he stays.

Comments welcome.



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42 comments so far

  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Thanx for the GREAT site this season Ed!..
    …You’ve actually made it possible to not have to read any of the crappy rags or their equally cack sites, phew, what a relief!..
    …Hope you keep it goin’ mate, thanx again!..

    …Roll on next season!..
    …Keep the faith…
    …Toon, Toon…
    …Ho’way the lads!..

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  • LoonyToon

    May 12, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    good player with bags of potential – if he stays he will get my backing 110%….if he gets his head down and works hard, the boy has the potential to be a top player…..
    On the other hand, if the boy wants to go then no point in keeping him….we should only have players at this club who want to be here….hope he stays…

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Ho’way Zog, get y’finger out, get a smile on y’fyas
    & show us what y’really about for the Toon next season!..
    …You could be a world beater lad!..
    …Stick with the Toon, help us win somethin’!..

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  • ginkoh

    May 12, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Hope so he’s very good player for us in suitable formation.

    for my opinion, We still don’t know much about plan for next season, Who’s come, leave ? How much transfer fund ? Even formation for next season I think we still don’t know what’s formation we should play next season 4-4-2 ? 4-3-3 ?

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  • Gooderz

    May 12, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope he stays too as we are lacking in direct attacking players. But Zoggy also has more potential than that as he showed in the replay against Stoke. He was so mature after Emre was sent off and was the main reason our 3 midfielders had control of the game over Stoke’s 5 man midfield.

    I think he’ll stay if he gets some sort of guarantee of regular football in a position where he can attack opponents instead of constantly being played at LB, although he should consider that that is an option and at times he may be asked to fill in there.

    However, if he wants to go then let him.

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  • jay

    May 12, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Just wondering if anyone knows anything about the fair play award???

    if you look at the premier league discaplinary statistics, we are 5th in the fair play table, and all the teams above us have already qualified for europe through a different route.

    With england having been nomintated as the country where the extra uefa cup fair play position will go to, according to uefa rules, we should qualify for europe??

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  • dougnufc

    May 12, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Should be a 4-4-2, Viduka is injured for 6 months

    Also, anyone here would like to see Sebastian Larsson in the black and white?

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  • SydneyToon

    May 12, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8

    I think Man city get the fair play place…

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  • Eric

    May 12, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Charlie has to stay and be a great NUFC player.
    Why can’t he move his family to Newcastle from
    London? Surely he doesen’t want to play for that
    team of midfielders – Spurs. I hope Geremi and the other French speakers at NUFC will have a good heart to heart with him, and then he will stay. Has Carr found himself another treatment room yet?

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  • Gooderz

    May 12, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #10

    It could be Fulham in that place. They were up there along with Man City but City were thrashed and picked up that red card, whilst Fulham won and didn’t pick up a booking so they may well knick that spot. We just have to wait for the points calculation to be done.

    If it is Fulham then they’re really screwed next season.

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  • faustino

    May 12, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Jay – from nufc.com

    “PS – Any notion of us pinching the Fair Play UEFA spot from Manchester City – after we moved ahead of them in the disciplinary table – can be discounted. The Fair Play table is compiled according various other factors, not just the yellow and red cards count.”

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  • jay

    May 12, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    we finished above man city in the disciplinary league in the end, because of Dunnes red card yesterday.

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  • jay

    May 12, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #13

    cheers faustino

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  • HeronMag

    May 12, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    When Zog was at Le Havre he was being scouted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe – including AC Milan. Newcastle got in first and secured his signature after a lot of contreversy.

    The lad is one of our best players. I’m still not totally convinced by 4-3-3 and now that Viduka is out I’m convinced that Keegan needs to start playing a more usual 4-4-2 formation, bringing Zog and Milner back into the frame.

    If we lose Zog I honestly believe we have lost one of the most outstanding prospects in European football. We can deal with his loss by reinvesting any cash we make, but I’m not sure we’ll find anyone who has as much potential as this lad.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    May 12, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    Let him go, in fact help him to go.
    We plucked him from obscurity, fought tooth and mail to sign him from le havre,cost a fortune pricewise for a relatively unknown…..
    He thanks the toon by sitting texting his mates last season during a team briefing, he walks around in a sulk when he doesnt get picked, and now he is coming up with some piss poor excuse that he wants to go to London so he can see his family more often??

    Ramos / Wenger /Grant, these Managers will not allow him to nip back and forth to France to see his family and he knows that. It is just bollox excuse after bollox excuse from him……

    And as a footnote…….his agent, Willie Mckay is one of the biggest shit stirring agents in the game, and the quicker clubs refrain from dealing with this leech, the better the game will be!!!

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  • Ant

    May 12, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Zog was excellent in his first game, was excellent in his second and has been excellent up til now (hopefully not his last).

    The lad has NEVER had a truly bad game, he’s been average in a few but never bad (Smith, Geremi, Carr, Babayaro, Butt, Barton, Shola all spring to mind)

    He may not be long-term commited, but in each and every game he puts everything behind him and plays his socks off.

    The lad formed an excellent partnership with Enriqu and Martins for the brief time the 3 got the chance down the left, which, with their similar ages and youthful skill, pace and commitment, could prove to be the connection that takes us to the top.

    Those 3 players would definitely slot into any top team without you noticing any real difference (they’d not displace Ronaldo but they’d certainly be good enough to play with him).

    Geremi has remained poor for me and, although he’s improved under Keegan, is not worth a start next season. He and Butt however will play a key role next year. It is the end of their playing days and they know they’re running out the clock, but they offer something many others cannot. Experience. Geremi with Middlesbrough and Chelsea has some very diverse times and Butt with Manure knows success, as well as nail-biting, old-fashioned heart and soul, avoiding the drop, football with Birmingham.

    They will prove invaluable to the squad and MUST be kept.

    Zog, Martins and Enrique should spend more time together in training, If we’re to play 4-3-3 next season, and Charlie’s still here, they could be where everything comes from, our spine..to the left of course, but in 4-3-3 it’s very much 3 lines and those 3 are magnificent.

    4-3-3 is a sudoku puzzle, whereas in 4-4-2 you have left-back left-mid etc. in 4-3-3 it’s often left-back left-mid left-striker. If you have 3 players with an understanding on that side of the pitch, and with their quality, expect us to beat the prima donnas of Arsenal, Man U, Chelsea and the like and bring on the silverware.

    HAWAY KEEGAN, YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE!!

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Didn’t we play 442 yesterday, & lose, bad?..
    …If 433 hadn’t worked, ever, then yea!..
    …What is it with peoples insistence with playing 442?..
    …I’m not havin’ a go at y’HeronMag, i just wonder!..Is it an english thing?..

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #18

    Zog in midfield or in the hole…That’s what he prefers, isn’t it?..

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  • craig chisholm

    May 12, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #19

    yeah i agree, zogs is pure talent and i just want the lad to stay with us. i hate the fact that spurs or some other wank outfit will come in for him nad he’ll be off. he is no different to the the rest of us, he has been frustrated to fvuk this season and last for that matter. i am kinda dreading the start of next season already as i think we will have a weaker side, i think zogs, owen and martins will be gone if i am honest. i bet ya smith will stay though!

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  • Ant

    May 12, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Zog preferrs to play AM but is clearly a better LM.

    His short range passing can be poor, whereas his crosses, even under pressure are almost exemplary.

    A fantastic footballers footballer.

    Also the hole now belongs to Owen. 🙂

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  • faustino

    May 12, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #21

    What’s the general consensus of Pennant and Rise heading our way for Milner and a couple of mil?

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #22

    Yea, but he can run past people thru the middle & draw fouls & pens!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Keep Milner!..
    …Big Fat hairy NA to riise, maybe pennant, he could room with Barton & swap jail stories!?!..

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  • valle

    May 12, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #24

    Punk Skunk… Its not an English thing, im from Denmark and i prefer the 4-4-2 too. That being said, we all know that its keegan who choses the team and whatever formation gets us the win will be good… Reason why i like it personally is because i like to see teams with good wingers, and i think we all loved Robsons team with Robert on the left and Solano on the right.

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  • CRAIGG

    May 12, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #25

    If Rafa offered Gerrard, Torres, Agger and Carragher for Jimmy we may be interested but Pennant and Riise can crawl back under their rocks

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 12, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #26

    Pennant and Riise for Milner?!? NO

    Wish me luck in my A-level practical chemstry 🙂

    55 mins till the exam!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 12, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Riise and Pennat for Milner?!?!? No way!

    Wish me luck in my A-level chemistry practical exam. Only 55 mins now!

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  • CRAIGG

    May 12, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Tom_Toon i thought you didnt like Milner?

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  • CRAIGG

    May 12, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Practical Chemistry, Chuck a load of lit matches onto a pile of magnesium

    Its a born winner

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  • Tom_Toon

    May 12, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #30

    I like Milner but hes not as good as some on here make out.

    I also hate Pennant and dislike Riise.

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  • craig chisholm

    May 12, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #31

    i would like to see owen, martins, viduka and crouch as our forwards next season. on the right i want milner and SWP, on the left duffers and Zogs, in the middle we could have barton and butt fighting for the holding place nad we just need to get a worl class player maker in to set the team alight and create the balance. i would go back to 442 attacking using as much width and spped as we could, down the flanks. the new creative man in the middle of the park will be a drivng force, with runs/through balls and also spraying it out to the wide men as much as possible. the back is not too bad in all honesty but does need some teaking somewhat, i have to be honest and say that harper has been better than given for a while too. the only question is…. which world class playmaker will we be able to get??

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  • Ant

    May 12, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Diego!!

    Keegan said he’l spend 25 million.

    That’s enough for almost any player in the world, and attracting a player from Werder Bremen won’t be particularly difficult, with the wages we can offer, the first team footbal (rather than rotting on Barca/Chelsea’s bench)

    the future European competitions and of course, us, the World-Renowned Geordie faithful.

    I’ll take him down to Whitley Bay caravan park to show him some of the local attractions 🙂

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  • Leo

    May 12, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #33

    i told you lot that everyones opinion would change on nzogbia once he plays i knew it would happen, its good because he has never came out and stated he wants to leave.

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  • TooooooN

    May 12, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #34

    i predict he play well this season and play for france on euro 2008 but i m wrong

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  • Nobby's dad

    May 12, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #35

    Players don’t have to state they want to leave ……there attitude etc. can indicate this. He wanted away last year – signed his new contact, said he loved the Toon – his girlfriend was with him – then more talk of unrest. It’s not all unfounded. Least we all forget his agent is one of footballs lowlife…..step forward Mr McKay.

    If McKay’s involved we can kiss goodbye to Zoggy. He seems to want to move his players around every few years to line his own pockets! The man is a scumbag.

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  • Petworth Mag

    May 12, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #36

    The first think we need to do is put some money into Newcastle Airport so some of these continental types can get direct flights home. Heard it from Modric and now Zogs!

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  • Ant

    May 12, 2008 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Nobby’s dad – Any chance of Nobby telling him London isn’t what everyone thinks it is and that Newcastle is the finest city on Earth?

    Just a thought…Nobby was a true legend and left for genuine reasons at a fair time in his career..although I’d still stick him in my startnig XI

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  • Punk Skunk

    May 12, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Hey Valle, with the uttmost respect bro’, don’t Danish teams/Fans like the english style?..
    …I thought that was the common concensous, hey i could be wrong, you tell me?..
    …If so, you’re already english, or are we (Geordies) already Danish (Vikings)?..
    …Ha!..

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  • Oga

    May 12, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #39

    We need to keep him regardless of what formation we choose. Its vital to have different options available plus he can operate as a central midfielder anyway.

    I would sooner lose Duff than Nzogbia!

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