Geremi – We Don’t Have Enough Players

Cameroon’s experienced International and Newcastle’s former captain, Geremi, has today said what many Newcastle fans are well aware of.


Geremi – trying to bring in more players next week

That’s the fact the Tyneside club don’t have enough players to mount an attack on the upper reaches of the Premier League next season.

Geremi is rightly concerned by the lack of strength in depth we have right now, and is personally keen to see additional new faces before Newcastle United begin their season at Old Trafford on Sunday, 17th August.

Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Guthrie and Sebastien Bassong have been the only new arrivals at St James’ Park this summer so far, and Coloccini is expected to come in within the next day or so. We’ve also let 5 senior players go this summer in Emre, Ramage, Carr, Rozehnal and Diatta.

Kevin Keegan has wisely resisted the urge to overhaul the squad he inherited from Sam Allardyce, when he returned to the Tyneside club in January.

Geremi said in The Sun today:

“We don’t have enough players,”

“We hope we are going to get more next week.”

Newcastle were linked today with Congo DR and Toulouse left back Herita Ilunge, and we think Newcastle will bring in at least 3 more players in addition to Coloccini, by the end of the month, but that may still not be enough.

What do you think about this?

Comments very welcome.

97 comments so far

  • mozza

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #1

    no s**t sherlock, course we havent got enough players and the first one i would have would be larson, to replace you and show how set pieces should be taken


    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #2

    In Geremis case we need less players

  • James

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    1. No Newcastle players should ever come out with statements like this to the media. Only our Captain (Owen) should speak on behalf of the team/club.

    2. Geremi is lucky he is still here. Can’t run, doesn’t track back, and is the worst crosser of the ball seen in black and white for many a year

  • WesToon

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Right you are Geremi mate,right you are

  • Ross

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Ends up becoming a bit of a joke when numerous members of your team are going to the press and telling them we’ve got a paper thin squad doesnt it?..its it a cry to ashley to do something? who knows.
    on the other hand, like a few have already said..maybe the lack of numbers would benefit geremi because if we kept on signing, one of them would definitly be someone to take his place,haha.

  • Nev

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #6

    i wouldnt say hes the worst lol

    hes just far too inconsistent … and inconsistent being one good game for every 5 below average games

  • ToonPhill

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    what do you lads think of jamie mole of hearts?

    young, fast, strong striker and a local lad so he would jump at the chance of comin here. probs be cheap too

    hes much better than smith/strolla

  • scottish mag

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #8

    james u were not complaining when harps and given were saying the same thing so why is it different for geremi??

    once we get in colo we need 3 maybe 4 more after that

    lb, am, st or a creative winger who plays everywhere in midfield

    get in shorey, arda, fernandez and baptista and we would have a quality side

  • James

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Scottish Mag – I would say it about every player. Only the Captain should talk to the media in such a way. None of the others should be allowed to.

  • craig chisholm

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    hey geremi is really switched on eh!! has the bloody penny only just dropped that the prem kicks off in a few days, the pre season training is well into full swing and we have no bloody players nad half the ones we do have or on the sick bed!! ffs. all he had to do was check out the internet, we have been ranting about it for about two bloody months!

  • Matt

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #11

    Sounds like he knows something we all don’t. Kevin really does seem to be loving this secret signing thing doesn’t he?

  • Dave boot

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #12

    james you are 100% right, Geremi is the worst set piece taker i think i have seen. I remember watching the game vs Birmingham on setanta last year, and he punted each corner into the first man without fail. Im not expecting brains that could change the world, but surely your smart enough to change it up! either way he is a free kick cretin that needs to be upgraded

  • Momo

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    YOU DONT SAY GEREMI. I mean weve been hearing that for months its actually starting to annoy me. Please buy someone good soon before its too late

  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Geremi – well done son! Well done for stating the bleeding obvious – you tit !!!! I agree with James #3 – well said mate

  • antz

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #15

    ok, if you take a look at who has left and who has come in i think we’re much better off this year than last, the players that have left will have very little impact on our season

    carr – like playing with a man down – wont be missed

    rozenhal – left after xmas and certainly wasnt missed

    troisi – only played pre season friendlies – wont be missed

    ramage – cracking lad but was injured most of the season and tbh, really wasnt up to the job – wont be missed

    lamana diatta – who?? we signed for 4mnths him and he got very very few minutes on the pitch – will not be missed

    emre – injured most of the season, didnt really give us another dimension when he did play and certainly wasnt the player we all hoped for – wont be missed

    we have signed 3 decent looking players so far..

    guittarrez – 1st team player (we havnt lost a 1st team player really)

    guthrie – 1st team/1st 15, good quality squad player that will get used quite a bit imo

    bassong – looks quite useful already (although i know rozenhal did this time last year) but will be a valuable member of the 1st 15

    collocini..??? well hopefully its in the bag and he will be signed sealed and delivered very soon, another quality addition

    now if we can get 1 more quality 1st team player we are in a much stronger position than we were this tim last year, if we can get 2, then we are flying

    take a look back a year and can you believe we were actually looknig forward ot a season with that fat sam in charge!! jeesus christ, hindsight is a valuable thing

    and if any1 had told us keegan would have been in charge this year we would have had them locked up and took away to the loony bin (but god would we have took it)

    i think things are looking far more positive than this time last year and the quality of or squad is still very good

    keep the faith lads 🙂

  • goochy23

    Aug 6, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #16

    u guys are fickle! he was part of the reason we stayed up last year, has give his all and helped with the african players to settle in.
    ok he might not be the best player but he never shirks a challenge or will hide like a certain player ( a. smith) i fink hes gud to have a round the squad and is willing to play in multiple positions, which with our squad is more than usefull

  • hitman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #17

    the fans know, the players know,keegan knows,but does ashley know or care

  • Graham

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #18

    James – you took the words out of my mouth. Only the manager and / or club captain (owen) should speak to the media about the strengths & weaknesess of our playing squad.

    Taylor and one or two others had a knack of spouting rubbish to the press last year. You don’t see Man Utd’s players speaking to the press week in week out (love them or loath them they are the benchmark to which we should aspire to) so why should our playres think it’s right?

    Keegan should put a stop to this as it’s only giving the shandy drinking southern press more ammunition to shoot at us with.

  • reillers

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Really you don’t say. You swear, he’s a wee bit slow to be honest. Only after our 2 keepers saying it, Owen saying it, Keegan saying it, us saying it, he then steps in with all his wisdom and..parrot talk.

    Not the brightest of lads is he.

  • ToonEskimo

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    That must have been some article…anyway who says that Geremi was actually talking to the reporter? could’ve been talking to anybody…..
    meanwhile….has Smith gone yet?

  • Gorskino10

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #21

    I’m shocked geremi said this as he will have even less chance to get in, but it’s obvious we need
    Players KK knows this bit he chose the wrong time to take a holiday when he should of signed asharvin and arda, now he feels the presure as he has dwindled and left it too late we will buy Coloccini and one more probs midfielder ok last day of transfer Market let’s hope with the expanded bench allowed Zamblera on it to show him skill he is atleast better than smith and ameobi.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #22

    @ antz – very well said mate ! I like your style and being able to support your argument too. This is the positive stuff i love reading on here. Keep the faith indeed – Ho’way the Lads !!! 🙂 😀

  • chuck

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Look the man is only stating the obvious, so whats all this PC bulls**t, only the captain or KK should make statements to the press.
    What are we living in a police state ?
    Did`nt hear any of you complain when Harper made the same exact point, hmmm !

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #24

    It actually really pisses me off that a player with such experience as Geremi, who has, as it’s easy to forget, played at Real Madrid. He is terrible, shocking, one of the worst buys ever. He is neither good enough for centre midfield and due to our new formation does not have enough creativity to warrant a strong claim to right wing. He’s even slower than Milner.

    “We need more players”

    Well Geremi, i’ll tell you what, if you bucked your f***ing ideas up and pulled your finger out along with a few others maybe things wouldn’t look so bleak. Geremi, we’re buying players to replace you, not to play alongside you.

  • Stami

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #25

    i agree with goochy23! Fickle to the core! he was great for us end of last season… some supporters you lot are!

  • RatBoy

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #26

    if you look at our squad there isn’t anyone with pace (except oba and n’zog) or creativity (maybe duff 3 years ago).
    milner/ geremi/ butt/ barton/ guthrie/ smith and gutierez are all grafters but all lack flair, pace and creativity.
    of our midfielders barton is probably the most capable goalscorer and thats saying something – we need to get someone in asap

  • Tez131

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Anyone noticed that the ‘latest news’ page won’t show the 1st page at the minute.

    It just shows page 2 and won’t go to page one.
    Would be nice if it was due to a new story being announced but I doubt it, probably just a page error…

  • Chicken

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #28

    I’d like to canvas the opinion of some of our “fans” on here because I’m really confused about who it is ok to show support of without getting shot down in flames.

    From what seems to be popular opinion it’s not ok to like;


    But it is ok to like…

    Barton – cos he’s a charver just like the rest of us and has fights and chins people and drinks beer and stuff.

    Oba – cos running around like a headless chicken can be attributed to passion and trying his best.

    Bassong – cos he’s done nowt wrong yet.

    Spiderman – read for Bassong.

    Bit fickle aren’t we us Geordies? 🙁

  • hitman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #29

    anyone going to the match the neet

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #30

    Aye al be Hitman, 5a for me get in haha!

  • Gosh

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #31

    Harlo, any broacast for today’s game on the net today?
    Only on

  • TerryMacsPerm

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #32

    I agree again he swung a wonderful cross in for Owen to score against the scum and chipped in with a couple of goals towards the end of the season AND he’s right!!

    On a seperate note (and I hate doing this cos I know people will jump up and down and say link link) I’ve got it on good authority that following Rangers shock exit last night we’re gonna attempt a sneaky bid for Carlos Cueller of around 4 or 5 mil. I’m not saying that it will be accepted but he is being targeted although the Mackems are also sniffing around

  • Stami

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #33

    how about we support the team instead of making stupid sarcastic remarks about OUR players comments which are more than likely aimed at the Board…

    this is a fan site, not a rag site…



  • hitman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #34

    andy you just a youngin like,i might go but at the moment its pissing down,welcome to the north east colo.

  • ANON

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #35

    quotes often removed from context.

    he was probably asked ‘do we have enough players?’ by some Alan Oliver type, and of course he’s given the correct answer. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Aye hitman i’m 15, 16 on saturday, going to the Valencia game to celebrate! Hope people like bloody Geremi actually give me something to celebrate!

  • Ian

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #37

    I like Gerami I think he is a good player, why he is played outside and not inside right I do not know, but he is a very good player, cool calm, picks players out well and scores.
    He hasnt given anything away, we have a signing in for a medical today and we could do with some more players.

  • hitman

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #38

    yeah lets hope so andy,coz we havnt got much to jump aboot at at the moment.


    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #39

    I think its all our birthdays if Everton give us £3m for Smith

  • domtoon

    Aug 6, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Owen – Not worth his hefty price tag but this may be the season where he shines. Lay off him I say, he had a couple of horrific injuries and you could say this season is his make or break. Very very expensive though, but then, it IS Michael Owen
    Butt – Getting on a bit now, criticised in the past but has since shown his true grit and does possess plenty of skill in our midfield. My mate has met him at one of Manchester’s golf clubs and from those few brief encounters says his a right moody git, but on the whole, pretty sound. I see no reason not to like him, other than as with the rest of our squad (as in it’s not soley him), he has not, of recent, performed to his full potential.
    Geremi – I agree with the chap above about his inconsistency. He should have taken the captaincy by the balls and inspired the players to greater things but, well, we all saw what happened there. Needs to shut his gob and not talk to the press about such things as a light squad. WE KNOW ALREADY.
    Taylor – Criticised for making lots of mistakes and talking to the press but hey, he’s a Geordie so it’s okay! In a nutshell, raw talent which soons needs to translate to refined talent. Like Owen, I think this is his season to shine, especially with the likes of Coloccini and Bassong coming in to challeng a position which seems permenantly defaulted to Tayls (although I would argue through circumstance – in my opinion, he’s the best CB we got).
    Milner – Eh? Don’t see any probs with Milner – he’s the reliable workhorse who is reasonably consistent and gritty in his play. Talented, but the question is, will he get any better? You could argue when compared to others of his generation (e.g. Rooney, to whom you could argue he was at one time on par with), he has not fulfilled his potential. Needs to get his shooting boots on a bit more as well!
    Smith – Useless, boring, headless chicken, who does to be fair do alot of running. Needs to somehow regain his (long)lost form. Maybe a bit of a scapegoat but whenever I’ve seen him play, I cannot really think of any defining moments, let alone goals. Again, played out of position but should really contribute to the play more. Seems to only ever go sideways, never penetrating the opposition’s defence. Very frustrating to watch, and some would argue waaay overpaid.
    Viduka – always crocked but I like the guy. Used to be class and could still be this season. Is aging however and that is showing, but at least he scores goals now and then, and more importantly can hold the ball up well for Owen and Martins
    Barton – Bit of a thug on and off the pitch. Brought the club into disrepute, but it’s one of those weird personality/character things why some of the fans still like him. I certainly can’t explain why I still like him. I think the fact KK has backed him is also a factor. Does work hard, runs alot, good passer/tackler of the ball, and showed he is capable of contributing alot to the squad by the end of last season. If he can turn it around, he will prove many many people wrong and could very well become a bit of legend. But alas I’m afraid that is unlikely. If he’s not banned, I’d probably want him on the bench more times than not.
    Oba – Don’t you dare say a bad word about Oba – he’s a legend!!!! Don’t need to say anymore.
    Bassong and Spiderman – Give them a chance everyone starts with a clean slate and the Toon Army like to give their new players a big welcome! Bassong looks good, and Spiderman comes highly rated, so we will see.


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