Assistant manager Chris Hughton has revealed this morning that the Newcastle United management team have given N’Zogbia a pep talk, and told the youngster he is an important player to Newcastle.
N’Zogbia – given a pep talk by management
The French player in contracted to the club until 2012 and Joe Kinnear and Chris Hughton want the player to stay on Tyneside, because they see him as an important player for the team.
From our viewpoint we are just sick of hearing Charles – or his agent – we think its’ the same thing – that he wants to leave Newcastle for Aston Villa, Spurs or Arsenal – which he has made clear is his choice – but Wenger isn’t interested.
There have been continual reports from the Newcastle camp since Charles arrived that the lad has a big opinion of himself, and just maybe too big for his boots, and he has always been a little bit of a problem with the club.
Chris Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today
“One thing that becomes difficult these days is agents, but we’ve spoken to Charles, and he knows he is an important player to us.”
“The most important thing is that when you make a substitution, that he can have an impact on the game, and I thought he did. We needed to push players from midfield.”
“When Geremi came off it wasn’t a question of him playing poorly, but we needed more offensive runs from midfield, and Charles is able to do that.”
Speaking on the decision to drop N’Zogbia on Saturday, after Charles started in front of Gutierrez in the previous game, Hughton added:
“Charles was strictly tactical, given the fact he’d come off against Hull,”
“He hadn’t trained all week, and if we’d have started him, and he’d have got a knock on what was a week’s injury, it could have turned into a two-week injury.
“We couldn’t take the chance with him at this particular moment. We always felt he would have to come on, but we were also aware we’ve got another game on Wednesday.”
But it wasn’t a big surprise that Charles started on the bench – after the great display by Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, who came on for the Frenchman at Hull City, after he had started the game on the bench.
N’Zogbia was today again linked with a move to Aston Villa who are reportedly prepared to offer England international left-back Nicky Shorey in part exchange.
The question we have is that if Charles is not prepared to0 stop these quotes about wanting to leave, or he just doesn’t want to play at Newcastle anymore – it will be best to move him out.
But only at a date and time that suits the club, and that’s unlikely to be in January.