Joe Kinnear seemed surprised at just how good Habib Beye played on Monday night.
Beye – a tremendous buy from Marseilles
Kinnear, who played right back for Tottenham for 10 years, told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I knew that Beye was a good player, but I did not realize just how good, and since I came here people have been telling me how he loves to get forward.” “There was no time for Habib to do this against Manchester City before he was sent off and against Sunderland he hardly got forward at all.”“But on Tuesday night he spent so much time in West Brom’s last third of the field, and I thought he was great.” “He is clearly a quality player, and when he gets more games under his belt he will become fitter and get better.”
Not all of Sam Allardyce’s signings have been a success at Newcastle, but most of them have done quite well with Beye probably being the best buy at just £2M from Marseilles, where he was their captain. And of course he was our player of the season last year, and seems to love it at the club.
But Habib is the only recognized right-back in the first-team squad, but of course Steven Taylor is more than useful in that position, and we can always bring in Bassong or Cacapa in central defense to cover.
But we expect Beye, who set up Oba’s goal brilliantly on Monday night, to get better and better this season, much like he did in his first season last year.
He’s a crowd favorite, that’s for sure, and it’s great to have him back in the side.