Just a great interview from Charles N’Zogbia with the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today.
You may have expected a young 22 year-old to be a bit distressed at the current situation of the club, but not a bit of what – just read what Charles told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We have some important games coming up – especially our next two home games against West Brom and Villa.” “And now there is competition for places. It means you have to work harder to get in the team.”
“That is a good thing. When there are players injured it isn’t great.” “Once you get the chance it is just a case of working hard. We still have the confidence to win games.”
The left-winger was famously signed by Sir Bobby Robson from Le Havre in 2004, but has since played under Graeme Souness, Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce, Kevin Keegan and now Joe Kinnear as managers at Newcastle United.
Yet the youngster just shrugged off managerial upheaval on Tyneside as he continued:
“I have been here four years and had six managers. You get used to it.” “But all you have to concentrate on as a player is football.” “You can’t worry about what is happening at the club.”“I will play wherever I am asked to.”
“I can play left-back if it is needed. I have been learning more to defend and play at the back.” “If you put me left midfield I can also do that as well.”
“It is no problem, I will play try my hardest no matter where I play.” “I play as left-back for France Under-21s, but my favorite position is left wing.” “Since I was young I have always played there, but sometimes I can also play in the middle.”
“When we are struggling I will play anywhere.”
Great attitude and good words from the youngster, and it looks like we are seeing the maturing of our young French star. Just let’s hope he maintains that attitude, and we’d like to see Charles at the club long term, when we finally win that League title again – or at least win something. 😀
PS – it was 1927 the last time we won the old division 1 title.