It’s good to see young players in football go through the years and mature in front of our very eyes.
Charles N’Zogbia playing on Saturday
It happened most to David Beckham, and who will ever forget him being sent off in the quarter finals against Argentina during the World Cup in France back in 1998, but then he started to mature, became captain of England and did a great job for football and for England here in the US at the LA Galaxy.
And from what we can tell, the same thing is happening to our former winger Charles N’Zogbia, who was sold by Joe Kinnear back in January of 2009, after the two had fallen out when Joe had called him InSomnia – but we have since found out that Joe has a big problem with names.
We didn’t realize until Joe came back to Newcastle as Director of Football that we had a player called Yohan Kebab and a Managing Director called Derek Lambayzee, so it wasn’t a one-off from Joe back in January of 2009.
Charles N’Zogbia played against us on Saturday, and this is what he had to say about Newcastle United today:
“Newcastle are a club I’ll always respect because they were the first club to put me in at professional level. I was 18 when I first signed for them and I had four and a half fabulous years at Newcastle.
“It is still always good to play against a team that you were with before and have respect for.”
N’Zogbia has realized when he looked back how good Newcastle United were for him, and we brought him through at the club to be a good player.
Charles joined us in August 2004 from Le Havre when Bobby Robson was (only just) still the manager, and he played 155 games for Newcastle with 9 goals, and when he moved to Wigan he played 90 times with 18 goals.
But since he arrived at Aston Villa he hasn’t fared so well, although he has had some injuries including a ruptured Achilles last season, and in the three years he’s been at Villa he has played 58 games with 6 goals, and he has two full caps for France.
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