Former Newcastle right-back Habib Beye was at the Tyneside club for a couple of seasons from 2007 and the 35 times capped Senegal International was our Player f the Season for 2007-2008 with over 51% of the vote.
Habib then surprisingly left us for Aston Villa in August of 2009 after we were relegated – and his career basically went south from then on – and he played only 19 times for Aston Villa in two seasons before joining Doncaster Rovers initially on loan where he saw out his career and retired in 2013.
He played only 41 first team games in four years after leaving Newcastle.
Bafe Gomis – should have joined Newcastle?
He is one of the many players who leave Newcastle and their careers seem to go south fairly quickly for whatever reason.
Beye is now a football pundit in France and he has had his say on what he thinks Bafe Gomis should have done in January.
This is what Habib told France Football
“Bafe is a real top player but he is not the kind of player who will win back the ball, dribble, and a break through you from 40 meters out.“
“He is a player that must be used, who will make runs to the near post, a strong boy, strong in the air.” “He loves spaces and not so much playing in the small areas developed by the Swans.“
“In these circumstances, it is difficult for him to shine.” “And then he is also a victim of poor performances of his team.“
“When they are not good, they tend to strengthen the defense, even sacrificing a striker Andre Ayew and Gylfi Sigurdsson have a broader palette; they can play anywhere in attack, swap, participate in the game but also defend.“
“This is not Bafe’s game.” “I think Bafe would have done better to leave in the winter transfer window.”
“There are clubs looking for players of his profile such as Newcastle, who contacted him, but he eventually stayed.“
“Given the game time that is granted, it will be difficult for him to reverse the trend.” “Bafe is a physical player who needs a run of matches and score to be good. He needs to be confident.“
“This confidence, he will have to go get himself. He will need to enjoy this little game time we give him to be decisive.”
Bafe Gomis did not fit Newcastle´s profile of strikers we want longer term – and Newcastle would have had to sign Bafe to a permanent deal since he was not available on loan.
There was also news that Swansea were unwilling to sell another player to their relegation rivals, after they had been severely criticized for selling play-maker Jonjo Shelvey in early January.
That deal is now generally considered to be the best transfer of last month.
Bafe´s wages have also been a problem and is one reason Newcastle shied away from him when he was a free agent in the summer of 2014 after he saw out his five year contract at Lyon.
We´re OK that he didn´t arrive on Tyneside and are now hoping that Steve McClaren prevails in the summer and we go back in for 22 year-old Saido Berahino of West Brom, who is a known quantity in the Premier League and can score goals – when fit.
Habib Beye – while at Newcastle 2007-2009
Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette would be really expensive and doesn´t want to come to Newcastle in any case – so even though he is Graham Carr´s favorite and from France – we´d prefer to see Saido sign for us in the summer.
We are already seeing Englishmen Shelvey and Andros Townsend starting to produce quickly for Newcastle this year.
Habib Beye today
That doesn´t happen with expensive French imports and we should have learned our lesson by now.
Finally, Habib Beye was a good right back for us and was signed by Sam Allardyce in the summer of 2007 and he played 54 times for us with one goal.
What do you think?