New loan signing Zurab Khizanishvili has today talked about just how delighted he is to have joined Newcastle.
Zurab Khizanishvili – number 13 not unlucky for Zurab
Zurab will wear the No13 jersey (unlucky for some), and is hoping to bring some good luck to Chris Hughton’s promotion-chasing team between now and January.
Not surprisingly Khizanishvili has gone into Hughton’s squad for tomorrow’s home game against Plymouth Argyle, and it wouldn’t surprise us if he is given his debut sometime in the second half against Plymouth, as long as we are doing well in the score-line.
The Georgia international has made one appearance for Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers this season, but he in not concerned at all about his fitness.
It seems he just didn’t fit in with Sam, once Mark Hughes left the Lancashire club, and of course these things happen in football, and we understand the lad is just a top-class professional.
Khizanishvili told the Shields Gazette this morning:
“I’m really happy, and looking forward to playing games for Newcastle,” “Sometimes a dream comes true – Newcastle is a massive club.”
“I know they’re in the Championship, but it doesn’t matter, to be honest. It’s a great club, and I’m sure they’re going up.”
“All players want to play in this kind of stadium, and I hope for the best for myself and my team tomorrow. It’s a great game, and I’m looking forward to it.”
“I think I’m too young to sit on the bench – I’m 27. That’s why I decided to move to the club. When Newcastle came it was a really big honour for me.”
“It’s for the manager to decide whether I play or not – he’s the boss. I’m ready, and I can play any time, no problem.”
Doesn’t he mean he’s too old to sit on the bench?
Khizanishvili wears the No13 jersey for club and country, and he has claimed the shirt at St James’ Park for himself.
Good for him since that number will nearly always be available – just like in America with the hotels, there is very rarely a 13th floor.
It’s not too popular a number for some reason. 😀
The Tiblisi-born 27 year-old continued and talked about his numbee 13:
“In England, everybody says it’s bad luck, but for me, it doesn’t matter. When I play, it doesn’t matter for me.”
“It’s absolutely no problem – in my country it doesn’t count as bad luck. Somebody said No7 is good luck in England, and No13 is not. I hope I can bring some good luck to the team.”
It may be too early for Zurab to play tomorrow, but he’s been brought in to push the back four, and play soem games to give the back four players a rest.
And he will almost certainly start at Perterborough in the Carling Cup next Wednesday evening.
Zurab score his first International goal for Gerogia after 10 years and 62 appearnces for his country.
In 2000, when he was just 18, he was all the rage in Europe ( you can find these stories on the inetrnet), and top clubs were looking at him at the time, including Arsene Wenger at Arsenal – who agev him a trail at the Londoin club.
He first played for Georgia when he was just 17.