We must admit that during the James Milner saga over the last few days, it did enter our minds that another young 22 year-old player at the club may also request a transfer.
Charles N’Zogbia – great to have around
That player was Charles N’Zogbia, who has more than once indicated he may want to leave the club.
Kevin Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“I would not say there will not be any more outgoings before Monday’s transfer deadline.” “The fans need not worry about Charles.”“He’s really got his head down. Along with most of the players, he’s trained fantastically, and got himself very fit.”
“You saw that at Coventry. Everyone had a different man of the match, and I thought Charles N’Zogbia was as good as anybody on the pitch, and, for me, might just have shaded it.”
“I’m really pleased with Charles. There was a time after Christmas, when I first came in, when I really did question whether the guy wanted to be part of what we wanted to do here.”
“Maybe that little spell on the sidelines, he may have thought what I believe is the truth – where could he move that’s better than this?” “I think the penny’s really dropped with him, and I’m delighted. It’s like having a new player.”
“Once he sorted his attitude out, which he did towards the end of last season, he’s been a great kid to have around. He’s an excellent player, because he can play different positions.”
That’s great to hear, because the Newcastle fans have always taken to Charles, who, like Milner hasn’t always been treated with full respect at the club.
But we think Charles has seen the light under Kevin, and he gave a fully committed and all action performance on Tuesday night, and he looked very fit, and very good.
We’ve lost James, but with Charles on one wing, improving all the time, and the great Jonas Gutierrez on the other, we’ll not do too bad for wingers this season – and there’s always Damien Duff.
It’s strikers that we are short of right now with Viduka, Martins, Smith and Carroll all out injured, but Martins cannot be more than a week or so away from coming back, which is the good news.
With Mark we don’t know, one big problem he has had throughout his career is his fitness, and it will not improve as he gets older.
But a win at Arsenal tonight, will go a long way to further lifting the spirits of Newcastle fans, following Kevin’s brilliant and upbeat press conference yesterday.
And for us, Kevin Keegan is Newcastle United – lose him again and we’re in really big trouble.
But he seemed really happy yesterday, which certainly lifted our spirits, that’s for sure.