N’Zogbia Patience Could Be Rewarded Saturday

Charles N’Zogbia has been missing from the Newcastle starting line-up for a while, but he may break that streak on Saturday at Stamford Bridge.

Charles N’Zogbia – could be in line for a start on Saturday

Charles looked in sparkling form when he came off the bench on Saturday, and certainly his attitude is now first class, and the Frenchman has been very patient since Joe Kinnear took over the club in late September.

Joe has been impressed with Charles’ attitude as he told the Shields Gazette today:

“I have been very impressed by Charles N’Zogbia’s attitude, and he’ll come into my thoughts when I pick the team for Saturday,”

“I think his main problem has been that he wants to play on the left wing, but this has been difficult because Damien Duff and Jonas Gutierrez have both done well out there in our recent matches.”

“But he did well enough when he came on against Wigan, and this will have done his confidence no harm.”   “And of course he’s even more important to us now that we’re going to be without Joey Barton for the next eight weeks or so.”

While Charles would like to play on the wing, we think he’s be more than willing to start anywhere, as long as he can get a game.

And we could do a lot worse than give him a start at left back on Saturday, since Seb Bassong is needed at center-back to stand-in for Steven Taylor, and Jose Enrique is going through a rough patch of form right now.

Charles could even be given a run out on the left wing and give Damien Duff a rest on the bench, but Charles deserves a chance on Saturday.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.

34 comments so far

  • cause I got the girth

    Nov 20, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #1

    he should be playing full stop instead of duff!

  • Geordie69

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree NZogbia should be playing instead of Duff but why do people keep saying Enrique is going through a ruff patch of form? What does he need to do to get some praise? Score a hatrick? Leave him alone hes our only left back and a good one at that.

  • neeraj

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #3

    by the looks of it we might be going for 4-5-1
    butt the holding mid fielder

    jonas/duff…guthrie…duff/nzog…. nzog/duff/jonas

    this could actually happen

  • Geordie69

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Heres a thought for the Chelsea game!

    Beye Coloccini Bassong
    Guiterrez Geremi NZogbia
    Owen Ranger Martins

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Geordie 69…cant agree with you there on enrique! I’ll give the lad time to settle in but on what he has shown thus far he is not worth his starting place in the team. The stats from the last game were awful! Out off 88 passes something like 26 of them found a black and white shirt! Its hard enough as it is with the ball against chelsea but if we constantly give it to them cheaply we will get hammered! Nzobia is a far better option at left back as we will need pace against chelsea.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Its frustrating that its only now, against Chelsea that Charlie is potentially getting a start. I dont think anyone on here is expecting much from the game, and what happens if he doesnt make an impact? Kinnear see’s he’s started him and thinks he’s had a poor game? Fans notice he hasnt done much? I hope he’s starting, i think he should be starting week in week out, but its not exactly the best game for Kinnear to send him out and say “go on son, prove to me i’ve made the right decision” is it.

  • Fullbacks normally reach their peak in their mid 20’s unless he’s some super talent like Obradovic.
    You can’t blame Enrique when the whole team is playing bad,they’re in this together.
    When Newcastle finds its winning formula then all of you will think differently about Enrique.

    For example Bosingwa……WhoTF was Bosingwa when he was 22,but year after year he was developing step by step BUT, he didn’t have to worry about one important thing while doing that and that thing is……..IMPATIENT FANS.

    You can blame him partly for one thing and that is the thing that he took his job for granted….why?
    He doesn’t have competition for a LB thats why he’s a litle bit relaxed,the other part goes to MA cos he’s not providing the funds for another LB to give Enrique some competition….instead he wants to go in circles by selling one LB to buy another.
    Believe me for one more thing….you’ll see different Taylor once he’s fit cos now he knows his place is slowly but surely fading away cos of Bassong.

  • Geordie69

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #8

    Back to my earlier point what would we have to lose by attacking Chelsea and going for it with a 3-4-3 formation if we sit back we will get hammered lets have some fun and get at them what a spectactle it would be at least!





  • Rodney Trotter (Del's Brother)

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #9

    It does Enrique no good just dropping him at the drop of a hat.I personally would like to see N’Zog with Butt in the centre.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #10

    I can’t help but notice how bad we’re doing without Taylor at the center of our defense. For all his doubters it’s plain to see that we need the guy as him and Colo were forming a great, solid partnership and since he’s been missing our performance and results have dropped alarmingly. Bassong is talent I rate him very highly and I hope he continues to impress and push Taylor even further. This is all good for the team as it makes them both try harder for the shirt.

    Ps I would like to see Jose Enrqiue given a vote of confidence and a kick up his arse at the same time. The guy needs to buckle up a bit and show what he can do that he has done in flashes. If we take him out for this match and put N’Zogbia who isn’t a natural LB imagine what it will do to his confidence. This way I believe he will never develop, he needs a good run in the side without injury also hampering his progress, b’cuz he does have talent. I would us N’Zogbia on the left wing instead of Duff for this game and see what Charlie can do in his favored position.

  • Steve Charles

    Nov 20, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #11

    the team will be


    beye collucini bassong n’zogbia

    duff guthrie butt martins

    ameobi owen

    and i do agree enrique has looked dodgy, as has cacapa.

  • Rupert Albert

    Nov 20, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry, but if you are going to quote people then please do it properly…

    “I have been very impressed by Charles N’Zogbia’s attitude, and he’ll come into my thoughts when I pick the team for Saturday.

    “I think his main problem has been that he wants to play on the left wing, but this has been difficult because Damien Duff and Jonas Gutierrez have both done well out there in our recent matches.

    “But he did well enough when he came on against Wigan, and this will have done his confidence no harm. And of course he’s even more important to us now that we’re going to be without Joey Barton for the next eight weeks or so.”

    I know I’m being pedantic, but hey!

  • Darling27

    Nov 20, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #13

    He’d better not put him in at left back. He’s wasted there.

  • irish_al

    Nov 20, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #14


    in a post last week you qouted an Enrique interview in which he felt he could improve more given a run of games in the team, do you now feel that this has changed?

    i would like to see N’zogbia play at some point, preferably on the left of midfield, either coming on for Duff or Jonas, or maybe starting instead of Duff

    but if not, so be it


    Nov 20, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #15

    No, No, no…..!
    How long does it take to figure out N`Zogbia is awfull at LB, sure he looks good coming forward
    but defensivly he is worse than Enrique, who I believe will never make it.
    Bassong would be my choice but I guess we need him as a CD until Taylor returns, it`s obvious we are desperately short of defenders, which should be the number one priority during the upcoming window, HELP !

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 20, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Partizan v Newcastle…..

    Are you really trying to compare bosingwa to enrique? Are you for real??? Thus far enrique has been awful…not even that good! Yes; give him a chance to build up his confidence; but do so playing for the reserves. From what i have seen of him (first hand @ st. james unlike many people whom like to judge after watching about 25% of a football match on tv) he is nowhere near fit enough to be starting; a point proved by his terrible performances recently!

    Impaitent????? I take that personally! Who are you to call me impaitent???? For many years now i have pumped my hard earned cash into watching newcastle united. Merchandise; season tickets, the ocassional away game. All of this time i have put my heart and soul into supporting my club and the current situation is hurting me badly! I have a right to my opinion. The lad enrique is not good enough; not for a 6 million pound player. For 6 million i would expect him to come in straight away and do a job; which is why it is a risk paying out money for foreign players unless they are top notch!

    For me i would have Nzogbia playing in central midfield on sat. But if JK goes with butt & Guthrie then nzog must play ahead of enrique. I would rather Bassong slotted in at left back and edgar came into the centre than play enrique…


    Nov 20, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

    enrique, has alot of improvement to do. I do think he shouldnt be given every start so he can build his match fitness up. Both him and Zog are young and imature and as such have both shown great form and bad form. We need to look at creating some competition between them, which they will both benefit from. Enrique is in my opinon one of the best passers/crossers in the team, but again he needs to shore up on alot of the rest of his game.


    Nov 20, 2008 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #18

    This club has shown again and again that we are a bad decision for young players and a good choice for hasbeens. Due to the lack of squad palyers. Young players are over used and have too much pressure put on them. We destroy talent here. Look at manchester and Arsenal, they will play their young talent sparenly, slowly and know when to give them a rest and when to use them. Taylor is probably the biggest example of this. He was named as a futur england captain by many, but having been our only decent defender at most times he hasn’t been given the chance to grow as he should of. It’s very good having young players but if they are the players that need the best treatment. Not be thrown in when we are under pressure and then kept in the cold for ages behind ageing hasbeens, which is totally demoralising. I still think if we could balanced things right , players like Hugo Viana would be flying high now. I remember Ronaldo at manu he was used only sparingly at the start and played to his strengths. the list goes on!


    Nov 20, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Put Charlie in instead of Butt in CM along with Danny Boy and we have got some pace and vision in the Middle.

    Lua Lua,Ranger,Harper,Shola,Carroll

  • Jonny

    Nov 20, 2008 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #20

    kevin nichol – yes enrique has been pretty poor but to play zoggy lb at chelsea would be even more suicidal, when ever zog plays lb it is clear to everyone he is not a left back, he can pass and dribble but cant tackle to save his life, if someone like malouda or joe cole comes running at him hes going to have big big problems, get duff out and zoggy in
    team :

    beye coloccini taylor(if fit/bassong) enrique
    guitterez butt(unfortunately) guthrie nzogbia
    owen martins

    think shola deserves to be in team but dont know where he would play, owen has to start and it wuld be very unfair on oba if he doesnt


    Nov 20, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Hornestly, I found it funny when someon compare Enq with Bosingwa. Bosingwa actually consider as a very good youngster since 18. He is more like N’Zog, he started to play as winger , CM then later moved to RB as he once said he believe playing in RB can increase his chance to get into first team and even national team. Bosingwa is also judged by many scout to have a great potential before 20s. He was consider one of the few Porto player(the other one is Postiga) that can be as success as the three hot youngster in Sporting “Viana(<-this one proven to be a carp buy for us), C.Ronaldo, Quresma<-my spelling lol)” Enq to me is not up to the standard needed. At least I would rather believe N’Zog to become Bosingwa No.2 one day.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 20, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #22

    N’Zogbia needs to play instead of the useless Duff who has no pace or end product!

  • Spyro

    Nov 20, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #23

    No brainer, drop Duff.

  • Karltoon

    Nov 20, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Duff’s good.. But needs to lose his place for a bit, sort him out..

  • Macas

    Nov 20, 2008 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #25

    N’Zogbia is Ok when he is attacking but every time he has played at LB he has been totally exposed. So I’d rather have Enrique in personally. His passing is generally good but because he has one off game people get on his back. At least he was trying to get balls into the box.

  • Alex

    Nov 20, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #26

    Jk could move Beye to cb and play Geremi Rb (his best position ) for saturdays game , we would then have a defence of
    Geremi Beye Colo Bassong

    This would give us 3 experienced class defenders to counter the attacking play of Chelsea . Otherwise we have 2 young defenders that still have to get used to the pace of the premiership . That against one of the best teams in Europe could be asking for a hiding .

  • Matt

    Nov 20, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #27

    I don’t want Geremi at right back he’s slow as anything. Zog can’t tackle well so there’s no point him being left back. I like the idea of Guthrie and Zog but not against Chelsea. It should be Guthrie and Butt in the middle with Duffer and Jonas on the wings. Zog to sub in second half for Duff when he loses his legs.

  • Kevin Nichol….I would never compare the 26 year old Bosingwa to 22 year old Enrique.

    But i’d definatelly compare the 22 year old Bosingwa to Enrique.
    But i agree with you only on one point and that is his price…..i agree with you that 6 mill is way too much for him.

  • It Could Be Worse, We Could Be Spurs! (DC)

    Nov 20, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #29

    Charlie over Duff every time unless you have suffer from Irish bias

  • VanToon

    Nov 20, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Errrm, just a quick question: why’s everyone so down on Duff at the moment??? He might not have put the ball in the back of the net lately, but his work rate, creativity, and consistency beating guys on the wing have been inspiring. Every team needs a guy like Duff to bring the best out of the less experienced lads.
    You don’t win games without scoring goals, so let’s go 4-3-3 against Chelsea:

    Beye, Colo, Bassong, N’Zogbia
    Guthrie, Butt, Duff
    Owen (in behind)
    Ameobi, Martins

    Then, as we chase goals in the 2nd, take Ameobi off (he’ll be beaten up by Terry all game trying to win air-balls), shuffle Owen forward, move Duff in behind, N’Zogbia up into mid, and Enrique comes on at left back.
    The only problem here is that Butt will have to get through a ton of work, and will likely pick up a yellow. So if he needs off, move Guthrie more central, and bring on Geremi.
    What do you think folks?

  • Todd

    Nov 20, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #31

    You’re saying you want Owen in from behind????

    I’d go. No point in Shola this week.

    beye collo bass jose
    jonas geremi guthrie martins

  • Geordie69

    Nov 20, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #32

    Todd your right there! Theres no point in Shola against centre backs that will out muscle and out jump him. Pace is the only way thats why id go with my 3-4-3 and play
    GK Given
    RCB Beye
    LCB Bassong
    CB Colocini
    RWB Jonas
    LWB NZgogbia
    DM Geremi (Keep him away from set pieces)
    AM Duff
    LCF Martins
    CF Owen
    RCF Ranger

    This is our only chance of giving Chelsea a game. Lets play to our strengths and attack attack attack. Attacking is the best form of defence!

  • Brutooooon

    Nov 20, 2008 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #33


    all need a chance, we gave ameobi years of chances – shud gave it to the three of them.

    play zoggy to replace ameobi. so we got duff,zoggy and jonas supporting martins – not bad as we got lots of pace..

  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 21, 2008 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #34

    JKF’s team will be:


    Beye Collucini Bassong N’zogbia

    Jonas Guthrie Butt Duff



    Subs: Harper, Martins, Enrique, Cacapa, Carroll, Ranger, Geremi

    JFK likes the tall striker up front so expect JFK to play Ameobi. Enrique is playing badly in a bad team but needs the kick up the pants as needs to improve. I think he will, so let’s give him time as the team is very-very poor at this time!


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