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 thereâ€™s no way Newcastle will sell Faye.
If Newcastle do finally manage to sign Deportivoâ€™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.â€
“They’re in facilities that we own, and that we can dictate.â€ “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.
“Obviously we knew (Mark) Viduka wouldn’t be ready, and Michael’s the same.â€ “He’s now doing his fitness training in this week.â€
“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.Â Â 😀