Kinnear Surprised At Just How Good Habib Beye Is


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.

Comments welcome.



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9 comments so far

  • INDIAN TOON

    Oct 31, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #1

    considering sam’s buys in the summer, beye, barton, and geremi have been excellent, i stress geremi’s importance coz even though he cant beat defenders on through play, he is a fantastic deliverer or crosser of the ball. mind u many goals hav come from geremi’s services.!!

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  • sweendog

    Oct 31, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Good tackler .. good passer and good player .. best right back we’ve had for a long time … stephen carr anyone 🙂

    Just hope our left back improves .. then we get a good DM and you’ll see a top 6 defensive unit .. when taylor keeps his head on that is ..

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  • CHUCK

    Oct 31, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Preaching to the choir Joe, anyone who has watched the man play since he arrived can attest to the fact he is the best buy in a long time, too bad we did`nt get him earlier, a real pro.
    Point is we need a decent young RB to fill the back up role, Johnny Evans comes to mind a future star.
    Man, U. I am sure dont want to let him go, however with Brown, Neville, the Brazilian kid, all ahead of him he might be attracted by first team football.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Oct 31, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I wouldn’t swap him for any other right back in the prem. Beye and Gutierrez is a dream right wing as they both will get forward and both defend and each can do them very well.

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  • Azrail

    Oct 31, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Agreed with you 100%, Robby Bobson…. Now we need a tall striker to nod in the goals!!!! but i still think that we do need a couple of good central defender… Taylor is only playing now as we have worse defenders on the bench or as replacement and when a good central defender did come finally, Taylor will be only no. 2 at the right back to Beye!! Tayl don’t have the metal or agility to become a good CD…. As for Butt, time for him to warm the bench… Thanx for the good memory though…. Barton & Guhrie got my vote all the time!!

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  • olly_lb

    Oct 31, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #6

    geremi a good crosser of the ball???? are we watching the same player……..1 in every ten is not good. good crosser from deep but his corners are awful he fails to beat the front man with at least half of his corners. poor player and should not keep a place in the team now that jonas (RW) beye (RB) and with duff or zogs playing LW he should not start again unless there is an injury. Agree with all the comments about Beye though, the man is class. is only going to get better as he plays more games, should be reaching the quality of last season soon!

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  • lee

    Oct 31, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #7

    cvan you imagine if we had beye instead of W barton. wow

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  • Bill F (Original)

    Oct 31, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #8

    After watching Mondays game I don’t think we have a good crosser of the ball. Apart from a couple of good moments. Pity we couldn’t get his former team mate Juninho, he was/is better than Beckham.

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  • graeme

    Nov 1, 2008 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #9

    Geremi is the most consistant crosser of the ball in the Premier League.

    He hits the first defender EVERY time – imagine how long it takes to achieve that sort of perfection!!!!

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