Newcastle United coach Terry McDermott says the fitness of midfield pair Geremi and Nicky Butt will be crucial this season.
Terry McDermott arriving in Mallorca with Chris Hughton and Kevin in disguise
Terry flew out with the rest of the Newcastle squad yesterday to Mallorca, and our new signing 22 year-old youngster, Sebastien Bassong, who appears to be a great lad, will also join them and should see more playing time on the island.
But it’s the older and more experienced players that Terry McDermot thinks will be key for Newcastle this coming season.
Terry told the Evening Chronicle yesterday:
“You need big characters like Nicky Butt and Geremi,”
“Geremi was fantastic at Doncaster and he didn’t want to come off – we had to drag him off in the end!”
“If you look behind the result at Doncaster there were some decent performances.”
“Geremi only trained for five days last week, but he still wanted to play. That shows you the sort of characters we’ve got here.”
Butt has been little short of a revelation these last two seasons for Newcastle, as his career had looked all over when he went to Birmingham on a loan.
And that should have the last we saw of Nicky, had Birmingham not been relegated that season, since a fee of Â£2M had already been agreed for the player.
But Butt showed his strong character two years ago when he got his head down, and let the football do his talking, and the Newcastle fans responded to what has been become a great comeback at Newcastle for Nicky. All credit to him.
It’s something that Joey Barton could use as an example, in terms of getting on with the job, and letting the football do your talking for you.
So we look to more good play from Butt this coming season, and certainly Geremi had a difficult time in his very first season at Newcastle.
But he came through well in the end and had some of his best games at Newcastle when he came back into the first team under Kevin Keegan.
So we expect that Geremi will have a very good season coming up – we hope so in any case.
Yes, there’s no doubt Newcastle fans are a little frustrated right now by our lack of signings so far this summer, but let’s not forget we have some excellent players already in our squad.