We watched the Wigan vs West Ham game over the weekend.
Charles N’Zogbia – training while at Newcastle
And of course the outstanding player for Wigan was Charles N’Zogbia, who scored with an absolutely brilliant free kick, and then he got the winner in injury time, as Wigan came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2, and send a woeful looking West Ham side 3-2.
Wonder if Chris Hughton could be the new managers at West Ham?
On Sunday Charles N’Zogbia was a Wigan hero if ever you saw one.
There were some rumors on Sunday morning that Newcastle were after N’Zogbia, and we know Alan Pardew tried to sign him on January 31st after selling Andy Carroll to Liverpool.
The 24 year-old not only looks like an excellent footballer, but it does appear that Charles has matured in his 28 months at Wigan, and will almost certainly move on in the summer, whether Wigan Athletic survive or not.
If Wigan stay in the Premier League he will be a little more expensive of course.
Charles started out quite popular at Newcastle when Bobby Robson signed him at 18, in August of 2004 from Le Havre, and it was only near the end of this time at Newcastle that he became unpopular with the fans.
He left in January of 2009, under some heavy criticism from Newcatsle fans, and we blasted him a few times, mainly because he wanted to leave Newcastle.
But as we’ve seen with Joey Barton, as players get older they do mature – after all we’re all as daft as a brush when we are really young – let’s admit it. 😀
The news before Sunday’s game at Stamford Bridge was that Newcastle were interested in bringing Charles back to Newcastle, and if the lad does come back – it says an awful lot of what he really thinks about Newcastle United, and that’s not bad – not bad at all.
So after being a bit wary of Charles returning, we think it would be a good deal for Newcastle, if the club can get him for £10M or less.
Newcastle got £6M plus Ryan Taylor for him, so that’s around £7M or £8M, depending on how much you rated Ryan at the time.
As we said, Charles looked great on Sunday, and it really seems he’s maturing and of course he is now a full French International too, but there will be other top clubs in for him too.
Charles N’Zogbia would be a good use of £10M of Newcastle’s money in the summer, so we hope the rumors of Newcastle being interested in him are indeed true.
For the record Charles turns 25 at the end of the month, and played 158 times with 9 goals for Newcastle.
N’Zogbia has played 88 times for Wigan with 18 goals, so his goal scoring prowess has improved while he’s been at Wigan, and he seems exactly what Newcastle need in the summer.
The Harfleur born player has 13 France U21 caps and one full cap – so far.
Let us know what you think about this.