We had seen Habib Beye play center-back before, and he played in that position once last season for the Magpies, and we remember him flinging himself in front of the ball to block shots, and thought this player is 100% committed in everything he does.
Habib Beye – tremendous display on Saturday
So we weren’t too surprised that Beye looked outstanding in the center of Newcastle’s defense last Saturday, and Shearer may keep his experience in the center of defense, and play him alongside the ever improving Sebastien Bassong, and bring in local lad Steven Taylor at right back, for the Stoke game.
But Shearer remembers Habib from the days when Newcastle were successful and playing in the two-legged UEFA Cup semi-final against Olympic Marseille.
Beye had an outstanding game at St. James’ Park in the first leg and quite a number of fans remember the performance that night from the Marseilles captain.
And in the second leg, at the Stade Velodrome club, Shearer was again shut-out and the French side booked a place in the showpiece with a 2-0 win in France and a 2-0 aggregate win. Some guy called Didier Drogba got both the Marseilles goals that night.
So Shearer was not surprised by Beye’s outstanding performance on Saturday, and Alan talked today to the Shields Gazette:
“I thought Habib Beye was magnificent,” “When you consider how long he’s been out injured, for him to come through and play center-half the way he did was very, very good.”
“I have played against him so I know his quality.” “I reminded him that if Sebastien Bassong wasn’t playing, we might need him at center-half.”
“I asked him ‘how many times have you played there?” “He told me he had played against me for Marseilles – and I said ‘that’s why I’m asking from you!'”
And that’s what Alan got from Habib on Saturday, and the Senegal International will be a very valuable player through the rest of the season for the Magpies, as he’s been badly missed since Boxing Day.
The back four formation will be very interesting for the Stoke game, but we think it will be S.Taylor, Bassong, Beye and Enrique in some formation, depending on where Alan wants to play Beye and Taylor.
Let’s know what you think about this.