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David Ginola Backs French Legion On Tyneside

David Ginola, Newcastle’s former winger under manager Kevin Keegan in the 1990s, thinks the new French players will have a big impact at Newcastle.

David Ginola – very popular player at Newcastle

Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Mehdi Abeid and Demba Ba were all born in France,  and were signed in the summer by Newcastle for a total of around £8M – which was  terrific business for the club.

They joined Ben Arfa on Tyneside, who was brought on loan to  Newcastle in August of 2010 from Marseilles,  and then signed on permanently last January, while still recovering from a double break of his left leg.

And all six players have done well so far, with Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa maybe the pick of the bunch, and  Demba Ba is currently the club’s top scorer with 4 goals in 7 appearances for the first team.

David Ginola thinks all six French players will have a big impact at Newcastle this season:

“The six French players in the dressing room will have a big impact,”   “It’s great for the fans to have these players come in, as they’re very exciting players. Cabaye won the double last year, and will be a big player.”

Newcastle take on the club Ginola joined after leaving Newcastle in July of 1997 this coming Sunday –  Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs paid Newcastle £2.5M for the 17 times capped French International, and the game between David’s two former clubs is shaping up to be a great test for the Geordies this weekend.

David joined Newcastle in 1995 for £2.5M from PSG, and in 75 appearances for Newcastle, he scored 7 goals and was a very popular player on Tyneside, and had skills galore.

The left winger joined Tottenham in July of 1997 for  £2.5M   and stayed at the London club until 2000, and in 124 appearances for Spurs, he scored 22 goals.

Newcastle are currently 4th in the Premier League and Spurs are in 6th place, just 3 points behind the Magpies but with a game in hand.

As we said, it’s going to be a tough game on Sunday, but Newcastle have every chance of coming away with all 3 points.

We hope.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #1

    Still the best individual player I have ever seen in a toon top. Class act. Shame he wouldn’t track back, or stay on his feet when tackled.

  • VanBasten

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Best of luck with the therapy, Ed! My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Possible the best left winger we ever had at Newcastle. If anyone can be even half the player Ginola was, that would be fantastic.

  • niffnoff

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #4


    I thought Robert was good for us 😀

  • ToonZiga

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor is facing a battle to be fit for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle.

    Nice one 😀 hope he wont make it.

  • lgnufc

    Oct 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6


    They have other good strikers but good to see Adebayor potentially missing the game, as he’s been in good form of late.

  • Toon_Jock

    Oct 12, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    massive bonus for us if Adebayor can’t play!

    please, please, please be true 🙂

  • estechco

    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #8

    Surprised to see he played more for the spuds than he did for us?!?

    Always think of his stint in England as mostly being with us…obviously not!


    Oct 12, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #9

    @9 Everton and Villa as well – a great talent. Only came to us when our original target George Weah went to AC Milan. Have some great memories of Ginola.

  • geordiesteve520

    Oct 12, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Hi goal against Ferencvaros still remains one of my all time favourite Toon moments, I was sat right behin the goal it went in too. C’est Magique!

  • magpiebop

    Oct 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Dogleash was a disaster for us, he did canny wii Keegans team to start wii but his dour approach and transfers were a total disaster. He should have been hung from the Tyne bridge the day he sold Ginola!

    Sometimes wonder if Gullit would have done alreet if he had took over from Keegan instead of the clueless Dogleash!
    I can see the logic in the appointment of Dogleash as Mags boss in that he had already managed Shearer to a title but he was shite.
    Wrecking Keegans team and stirring the shit again wii signing Carroll and Enrique is why Krappy Dogleash should be Geordie public enemy no.1.

  • Sav

    Oct 13, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #12

    And now he wants ‘pool to negotiate its own TV deals. I’m alright, Jack. Off with ye, Kenny, you miserable, clueless b****r.


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