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Allardyce in for Abdoulaye Faye from Bolton

The Daily Mail is reporting that Sam Allardyce is closing in on a ₤1.5M deal for Bolton defender/midfielder Abdoulaye Faye.

Faye now plays in central defense for Bolton after Allardyce successfully converted Faye to a defender during his time at Bolton.

We think Faye would be an excellent signing for the money because of his versatility and the fact he is a typical Big Sam player and has already played under Allardyce.


Abdoulaye Faye – good capture for Newcastle if we can get him

Bolton are reticent to sell Faye to Allardyce but Newcastle’s offer is the best so far for the 29-year-old Senegalese, whose contract is up next season. News that he had signed a new contract a couple of weeks back when Allardyce was reported to be after Faye must not be true. Sammy Lee has brought in cover by completing a ₤1M deal for Portsmouth’s Andy O’Brien, who played for Newcastle under Bobby Robson.

It would be nice if Sam could lock up Faye, who would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, and while he’s at it – see if he can also bring El Hadji Diouf to Newcastle. Diouf looked great in the second half against Newcastle and would be a popular buy for Newcastle fans. Yes, we hated him when he was at Bolton – but it’s a different matter when he’s on your side, and his behavior both on and off the field improved greatly once Big Sam became his manager at Bolton.

Faye was born in February, 1978 and began his career at Senegalese club ASEC Ndiambour, before leaving to join Jeanne d’Arc in Senegal. He then joined Lens in July 2002, which at the time included fellow Senegalese Papa Bouba Diop, currently at Fulham. Faye, who is 6’1″ tall has made six appearances for Senegal, scoring one goal, and has been a mainstay of a successful Bolton team and featured in the UEFA Cup of 2006-7. In the 2006-2007 season Faye operated almost exclusively as a central defender following the departures of Bruno N’Gotty and Radhi Jaidi to Birmingham City.

Let’s know what you think – would Faye be a good acquisition for us?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • shaun D

    Aug 14, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Really don’t rate Faye – thought sam was looking abroad

  • awc88

    Aug 14, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #2

    didnt allerdyce just say that he woulsnt be signing anyone from england now because there is no one left to buy in england, i dont think he was lying, i think and hope this is just more tabloid talk

  • Lee R

    Aug 14, 2007 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I think he meant Enlgish players, not foreign players playing in England

  • awc88

    Aug 14, 2007 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #4

    well he said nothing left in england just thoughts that were players playin in england

  • jp

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    superb signing should it come off. Faye would beb superb cover should our new tyne rocks be wounded in battle. hugely effective should we again need to ‘shut up shop’ and probably most importantly. wait his turn without causing any grief within our new happy heroes. BSA will without any doubt bring more success to our magnificent city than any of us dare to ponder. Quite right that we need not get carried away after a single victory but more right that we can now sing louder, pogo higher and hold our heads up prouder as like Hadrian did before him, our fort is secure and our army bouyant!

  • Kash

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #6

    Faye was very impressive last season, a total collossus. However on Saturday he was a shade of his former self. Maybe BSA will get the best out of him, but considering we have Rozey and Taylor, who looked formidable and Cacapa vying for a place, do we really need Faye for defence? If not, is BSA signing him for DM? If he is, then surely there is a better foreign player with the superior technical ability?!

  • craig chisholm

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    dont think we want faye or diouf for that matter. to be honest lads, i think all we want is a right back and a left back. i think a right back is more important at the minute esp with nobby on his way out the door. other than that, we have a good team. i hope that dyer goes too soon, he has never gotten anywhere near his potential and is it me or does he always look pissed off and lethargic – like he couldnt give a shit? anyway, he will never get milners spot now, thats for sure!

  • Tom

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #8

    I have seen Faye play quite alot and i dont particularly rate him as a an excellent tackler and no-nonsense CB, i feel he could be a useful sub however.

  • WelshWizard

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    BSA only just stated he’ll be buying from abroad as there’s no players available to buy in England, so why would this story be true??

  • Kash

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    @CraigChisholm – How is buying a right back replacing Nobby? What about filling the void in midfield that both Dyer and Solano leave? We’re short on numbers in midfield……..FACT!!!!!

    @Tom – whats the point of buying someone for the bench? We want 1st team competition. So you need someone coming in who can immediately challenge either Rozey/Taylor or even Geremi/Butt.

    We need healthy competition for places, which means you buy to improve the 1st team. Yes we do need LB, RB, CB, DM and a AM on the proviso Nobby and Dyer leave. 3/4 players to cover the above positions gives us a very strong squad to make an assault on all domestic competitions.

  • Tom from Aus

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    wat happened to trying to sign deco or riquelme

  • Tom

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12

    Kash – I never mentioned that we should buy him, however if we did buy him i wouldnt disagree to him coming on in the second 1/2 when Rozy and Tayler are tired. We do definatly need a midfield playmaker though, i really hope that Big Sam has 1 lined up.

  • Kash

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    @Tom – IMO don’t think he’s worth a place on the bench. I’d rather give Huntington a run out.

    @Tom from Aus – Riquelme for me, won’t cost that much considering Villareal want rid, we can match his wages and BSA would definitely be able to keep him fit.

  • Hadji

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Once Nobby and Dyer leave the club we definetly need at least 1 midfielder,not to mention that RB is a MUST.

  • Lamesley Mag

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    It could be all paper talk or just may be BSA is throwing all off his scent by stating he’s not looking in England. Faye is a BSA type player so there could be some truth in the story!

    I agree with the majority; i.e. we need a RB and additional midfielder(s) if we lose Dyer, Luque and Solano, although I hope Solano stays.

  • rich

    Aug 14, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Fay would be good COVER we still Tayloer & Rozey should still be first choice. depth is goooooooooood.

    i hope we dont sign Diouf, id rather have Dyer and thats saying ALOT because i dispise Dyer.

    we should sign Riquelme!!!!!!!!

    still need a new RB to replace Carr.

  • AndyW

    Aug 14, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Kash – Butt, Barton, Geremi, Smith, N’Zogbia, Milner, Emre. even without Luque, Dyer and Solano that is seven starters for four or three positions depending on the system. If it is a “FACT” that we are short on midfielders wouldn’t we be just buying midfielders for the bench. Check out the Man U first team squad – 7 midfielders.

    We need depth in the defence and if Faye is Ok with Sam then he’s Ok with me.

    Why all this fuss about Riquleme. He’s never played in Britain, has fallen out with his coach, and judging on the Coap America can’t tackle, no stomach for a battle and likes way to long on the ball before making one his, admittedly excellent passes. Just because he’s cheap doesn’t make him a good signing – and who would stand down to accommodate him?

  • Shane Coghlan

    Aug 14, 2007 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #18

    Didn’t look any good against us at all. Don’t think he would be a target for Big Sammy and with good reason.

    Riquelme would be an dream signing. He may not fit into the English game though. I would still prefer us to sign Thiago Motta.

  • Bob

    Aug 14, 2007 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Agree with AndyW, we have a plethora of midfielders. If it comes to worst and we sustain a similiar amount of injuries compared to last season (hopefully not!), switching to a 4-3-3 or even maybe a 4-2-4 would be feasible given our strength in depth up front…


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