Joe Kinnear seems to think he has a bit of a dilemma with Charles N’Zobia, because for all his skills and ability, Joe has not been able to give him much playing time at Newcastle, until now.
Charles N’Zogbia – good player – deserves more playing time
Kinnear said today:
“Charles has got all the ability in the world, but I think he’s been fighting himself as much as anything else.” “There’s never a week gone by when he’s not been leaving us, whether it’s coming from his agent or anyone else.”
“I have always had high regard for him. But the point was that Damien Duff’s been playing out of his skin and Jonas [Gutierrez] has been going reasonably well.” “It’s tough. It’s hard for me to find places for all three of them, even though people will tell me that Charles can play in the center of midfield.”
“At the same time, I like my midfield players to be able to track back and pick up – and Charles is a very offensive player.” “He’s got lots of ability in the last third of the pitch, but I wouldn’t want to see Charles hanging around outside our back four in the last third of our pitch.”
“It’s about putting players in the best positions for them, so you know you’re going to get the best out of them.” “Charles is one of the best players we’ve got at the club high up the pitch. He’s got an eye for a goal, and strikes the ball well,”
“He’s got the ability to beat people – but on the defensive side, other people are slightly better and stronger than him. On the attacking side, he’s up there with the best of them.”
We don’t think Damien Duff has been playing out of his skin. He’s been playing well, but not enough to keep Charles out of the side for so long.
And we don’t think it will be a problem for Charles to track back to help out the defense, unlike his fellow Frenchman, Laurent Robert. Zog seems to do that all the time in games, and after all he is also a good left back.
We think Charles deserves more playing time at Newcastle, it’s as simple as that, even if it means having Duff on the bench for a few games.
Give the youngster a chance Joe.