Faye A Valuable Player For Newcastle Next Season

Abdoulaye Faye will be able to resume training when Newcastle United return home from their 5 day stay in Mallorca tomorrow.


Abdoulaye Faye – valuable player for Newcastle United

Newcastle play Real Mallorca tonight at 9 pm Newcastle time, but with losing the first game 1-0 against Hertha Berlin, the shine has been taken off this game a little. Although Newcastle should take every advantage the game offers, and give the lads a good work out and try to win the game well.

Next game is on Wednesday evening against PSV Eindhoven at St James’ Park.

Faye was omitted from Kevin Keegan’s squad for Newcastle’s two Mallorca Summer Cup fixtures, and there has been some interest in the player from Blackburn Rovers and Everton, although there’s no way Newcastle will sell Faye.

If Newcastle do finally manage to sign Deportivo’s Fabricio Coloccini then we have three top players in Faye, Coloccini and Taylor fighting it out for the two central defensive positions, with Claudio Cacapa and David Edgar also pushing.

And of course Faye is more than useful as a defensive central midfielder, where he played the majority of his games for Bolton, so he will undoubtedly be a valuable player for us next season.

Keegan left Faye behind to work on his fitness, as he has suffered what was said to be a slight calf strain.

Kevin told the Shields Gazette:

“We took the view, the same as we did with Michael, that some players would benefit from coming with us, and others would benefit from being at home and doing the programs which have been set there.”

“They’re in facilities that we own, and that we can dictate.” “Out here, you’re always trying to find gyms and stuff like that, and services which probably aren’t as good as what we’ve got back home.”

Mark Viduka is also working on a fitness program and we would hope the Australian will be fit to start full training in about a week.

Keegan added:

“Obviously we knew (Mark) Viduka wouldn’t be ready, and Michael’s the same.” “He’s now doing his fitness training in this week.”

“He’s putting in the work he’s missed in the last two weeks.”

We’re still waiting for the singing of Coloccini to be announced, but we assume the deal is progressing well, and would expect the player to be in England tomorrow to tie up the deal. We’d expect him at Newcastle but the news seems he will undergo his medical in London (?).

We’d also like to see the lads give a better display tonight, then we’ll be in a lot better shape than we looked after Friday night’s game, which was disappointing to say the least.

Next up we will need to bring in a left-back, then a central midfielder, and then a striker – before the end of the month, with one or two great youngsters also arriving at the club by then.

And if we can sign a good striker – like 20 year-old Swiss International Eren Derdiyok, from FC Basel – we could then sell both Ameobi and Smith, and get our money back for Eren.

At the same time we could reduce the wage bill, so it sounds like something we should be doing, doesn’t it?

We hope so anyway.   😀

Comments welcome.

32 comments so far

  • Dan4toon

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah sounds so simple when u put it lyk tht , one signing at a time i say , jst rap up the coloccini one first then work on others. = )

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #2

    “Oh happy Feye”

  • Tom from Aus

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I just read an article saying faye wants to leave st james park? ED, is this true.

  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Anyone have any news on Colocini, went a little quiet?

  • reillers

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Has anyone else heard what Arsenal are apparently offering us, apparently and I mean apparently they’ll only give us Senderos for 7 million plus Given. Shockingly in these articles there are no wee quotes or any source of actual fact. So of course it’s 100% true.

  • Tom

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #6

    Don’t worry Tom, Faye won’t be leaving 🙂

    The Coloccini deal was always going to go quiet, he wasn’t coming for the medical till tomorrow at the earliest, so theres probably not much more to be mentioned on it yet!! Lol.

  • Shearer#1

    Aug 3, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #7

    I’m hearing we’ve been negotiating with Inler for 2 weeks but he’s gonna go to Arsenal now & also a story today that Aaron Lennon has rejected us & Arshavin will join Spurs next week 🙁

  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Cheers Tom, and is Wenger and co on Crack Cocaine or something 7 MILLION PLUS GIVEN FOR SENDEROS hahahahaha thats like swapping a Mercedies plus a tank full of petrol for an Escort, i would tell Arsenal to go and take their club for a sh.t!!!!!

  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Shearer if Inlar is happy to sit on the bench at Arsenal for the next 10 years then i say let him go.

  • Tom

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Ah, we don’t need or want Senderos. We’ve had one Titus Bramble!!

  • Spyro

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11


    Inler will not sit on the bench for Arsenal, he will go straight into their first team as they have lost both Gilberto and Flamini

  • Drago

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #12

    I would love to se him playing as DM, and Butt on the bench…

  • hell no i dont wont senderos, and they wont 7 mill and given they can piss off

  • Spyro

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    If Inler came he wouldnt play DM, he would play alongside the DM e.g. Butt or Guthrie (KK said he wants Guthrie to learn play there)

  • WE NEED A CAM NOW!!!!!!!

  • Ross G

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #16

    I watched Arsenal Juve yest, and a player I and many of my arsenal supporting friends rate that doesnt get much time is Diaby. The guy is quite deceptive even though he is a DM he actually atacks alot and well, very much like Vieira did. I think a £6m bid would get him as Arsenals interest in Inler and signing Nasri puts him further down the order. Have him as a linch then get in Kallstrom/Diego type would really complete a midfield.

    P.S. Senderos was clearly the worst player on the pitch even though Arsenal were playing a youth team including 16 &17 yr olds. I think that morning report was wrong it was really meant to say Arsenal will give Newcastle 7m, and pay Givens wages for us to take Senderos.

  • Spyro

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Diaby is class, i have said for ages we should make a bid for him. Although he is not really a DM, more of an CM that can also play the wings. Wenger said he wanted him to replace Vieira but since then i cant remember him playing him in DM more than a couple times. Mostly in CM, LM & RM

  • scott9

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #18

    smith sell 3m ameobi sell 2m thats 5 m bring in slekberg and derok then obviously we will sing cocclina then shorey wud be fab we will be top 6

  • FaroeMagpie

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #19

    I totally agree ED! Let’s get Coloccini in. Faye stays. Shorey, Diego and Zigic sign. And then of course – boot Smith and Ameobi out!!! Halleluja

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #21

    HA!.. Given + £7m!..
    …Divent be soft!..

    …More like, senderos + £7m for Given!..


    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22

    is there any way of watching/listening to the friendly tonight without paying

    we should loan some players from arsenal

  • Shearer#1

    Aug 3, 2008 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Agree, Diaby has incredible potential. Could be better than Vieira. I would def put a bid in for him. Denilson’s also brilliant, similar to Fabregas.

  • Matt

    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Will be nice to see Faye and Taylor battle it out for a place next season. Should improve Taylor greatly.

    Someone asked for news on Coloccini. He said this to Sky Sports News: ‘I don’t fear the Premier League. I love it and I watch it a lot. I will be a big hit. I am confident a move will go through.’ Next 24 hours supposedly.


    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #25

    what do any of u think about signing breschiano from palermo as a creative midfielder with a gd cross and spot kick taker.
    do any of you know whether Gutierrez will be playing 2nite?

  • Matt

    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #26

    I’m pretty sure Kev said he wouldn’t play against Mallorca.

  • cockney magpie

    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #27
  • clinta

    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #28

    Complete dreams there ed!

    ameobi will probably still go but his been putting up a real fight hasn’t he? and there’s no way in the world smith is leaving the club this transfer window, simply no way, no one in the club has said anything regarding this, plus no club would be willing to match his wage and our transfer fee!!!!!!!!!!

    have you not given this a thought?? it’s been mentioned enough, would like to hear your opinion on this?

  • ObaFan2

    Aug 3, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #29

    Punk Skunk

    HA!.. Given + £7m!..
    …Divent be soft!..

    …More like, senderos + £7m for Given!..

    Can only agree, is it Sunday? Oh the (press) comics are at it again!!!!!!!!!

  • xfer

    Aug 3, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Faye and Collo would be a top pairing.

  • darren grech MALTA

    Aug 3, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #31

    shall we make an offer to REQUELME ?

    if we signs coluccini than we can use him and gutierrez as a help to persuade REQUELME come to the toon.

    at the age of 30 REQUELME can sign a 3 year contract and can still be a hit in england and europe

  • Alex

    Aug 3, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Ed you mention Cacapa and Edgar pushing but you forgot Bassong . I reckon he will be ahead of those 2 for a place .


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