Geremi had a tough first season at the club, but like all sturdy characters, he finished it well with a good run of form in the first team.
Geremi – Keegan immediately recognized his value
Geremi is a very experienced player, and new manager Kevin Keegan immediately recognized the value of Geremi to the Newcastle side.
And it was not long after he returned from the African Cup Of Nations in Ghana, where he helped Cameroon reach the final of that tournament against Egypt, that Kevin installed him as a starter on the right-hand side of midfield, and he never looked back.
And that is probably his best position. Geremi is now with the Cameroon squad, preparing for their World Cup qualifier at home to Cape Verde in two weeks.
He talked to the Evening Chronicle today about last season on Tyneside:
â€œI enjoyed my football with Newcastle at the end of the season, especially because of the way the team played.”
“We had a very bad period, but we stuck together, and continued to work.”â€œThe manager had a big impact on us, and weâ€™ve had good results.”
â€œI know he had been following the African Nations Cup, so he knew that I can play wide in midfield, or right-back.”
â€œIt is the same role, and for me itâ€™s easier, as I know how to play right-back, and I have a good understanding with Habib Beye.”
â€œWe played with three in midfield, which has a good shape, and we had good organisation.”
â€œWe were very confident at the end of the season and there is no reason why we should not carry this into next season.â€
In fact Keegan has found many players at Newcastle to his liking, and he’s been impressed from the very start with the squad he inherited.
The likes of Beye, Faye, Taylor, Enrique, Martins, Owen, Geremi, Barton and Viduka, to name but a few, all started to play well for the maestro.
And that should stand us in good stead for next season, especially if we can retain Owen, Taylor and N’Zogbia and bring in 4-5 top additional players. With the departure of Carr, Rozehnal, Ramage, Ameobi and Diatta, that should make our squad a lot stronger.
Geremi missed the last game of the season on compassionate grounds, because his older sister died of leukemia, and we were sorry to hear about that.
As far as Newcastle next season, we are modestly hopeful that we’ll be able to achieve our stated target of 5th place.
If we can do that, only greater things will then lie ahead for the team, Kevin, and the fans.