Philippe Albert was signed by Kevin Keegan in the summer of 1994 for just £2.6M from Anderlecht, after a successful World Cup display for Belgium in the USA.
Philippe Albert – while at Newcastle
And the 6’3″ defender ended up staying at Newcastle for five years, and played 96 times for Newcastle with 8 goals, and was a folk hero at the club.
Philippe is now 46, and he seems upbeat on Newcastle at the moment, and had this to say in the Chronicle today:
“Winning at Old Trafford will give the players a huge psychological boost because they haven’t done that before.” “I want to see the team move on now and finish in the top six this season.”
“Actually, I would like to see them really go for a top-four place, although I know that is not easy because of the competition at the top of the league. If they can win at Old Trafford, they should be ready to finish anywhere.”
“Newcastle should always be a top-eight side, at the very least, and I believe we have a good team right now and a good manager in Alan Pardew.”
“If Newcastle can keep this run going, win a few more games, then they can really go into 2014 with the hope of getting European football.”
“The fans deserve that. They deserve the best, if I’m honest.” “Every week they are there and it’s a privilege to play for them.” ” The stadium is a fantastic place and the people were so friendly to me.”
“If they can see you are trying your best, then that’s all the ask. That is why they would have enjoyed Saturday’s win so much.” “Now let’s see if we can push on. I hope we can.”
Those are good words from Philippe, who is now a respected football pundit in Belgium.
And like a lot of players who play for Newcastle, Philippe follows the team’s fortunes after he retired, and of course Albert was a popular player on Tyneside, and a very good one.
And it could well be that Newcastle repeat the success of two years ago and finish in the top six, although top four would be a bit of a stretch in fact a huge stretch.
What do you think?
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