Our 30-year-old right-back, Habib Beye, was easily Newcastle’s player of the season last season on our web-site, with over 51% of our readers voting for him.
Habib Beye – Newcastle player of the season last year
Habib will return to Newcastle next week, like the rest of our remaining first team squad, for pre-season training, which starts on July 7th.
Habib is a great example of someone who can be bought for a reasonable feeÂ and who has done a great job so far at Newcastle.
He was bought for a little over â‚¤2M, even though he was captain of French club Marseilles, and what a great buy he’s proved to be.
Beye â€“ who has retired form international competition for Senegal, has had a good rest with his family in Paris over the summer, and is now looking forward to pulling on the famous black and white shirt of Newcastle, when the new season begins in August.
Hbaib is used to playing in front of passionate fans, and seems to just loving playing in front of the fans at St. James’ Park.
Habib talked to the Shields Gazette today:
“In England, the players have more respect from the fans.”
“In France, sometimes it is a little bit difficult, and in Marseilles, sometimes the fans are crazy, but it’s different in England.”
“It was very good to play in Marseilles, and it’s very good to play in Newcastle. I like the fans and I like the city, and together, we can do good things.”
“We will go away for the summer, and when we come back, we will be ready for the new season.”
Beye is a great player, and seems to just love playing for Newcastle, and the Newcastle fans have taken to him big time, because of his never-say-die attitude and excellent play last season.
Beye made 30 appearances, and scored one goal, for Newcastle last season and has proved to be a huge favorite with the passionate Newcastle fans, as he attacks often down the right wing.
All we need now are about 6 players, as good in quality as Habib, and a little younger, to complement our squad.
If you look at the players in ourÂ remaining squad on the official web-site, there’s good news and bad news as you look at who’s left.
The players left are nearly all our best performers, but we have only 20 players listed, and one of them is in jail.Â Â
So we’ll need at least 6 new good players still to arrive in the summer.
And we can add young players like Andy Carroll (19), Ben Tozer (18), Kazenga Lua Lua (17), Tim Krul (20) and Tamas Kadar (18) to the first team squad, and the numbers will then be big enough, around 30, and the quality so much better than last year.
All we need now is to start bringing in the new players, and hopefully we can get a couple in next week, before pre-season training starts.