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Zog dilemma

To think that just two or three years ago it was Newcastle who were in pole position for snatching players from Tottenham`s grasp. Fast forward to the present and it looks practically certain that Charles N`Zogbia will be joining David Ginola, Kevin Scott and Ruel Fox on the well worn route from SJP down to WHL.

The lad is obviously unhappy with something, probably our crap league position, as he has been called up and played regularly by France under 21s, is well paid after signing a new five year deal in the summer and plays every week for NUFC, albeit at left back.

The press reports seem to suggest his mother and sister have based themselves in the UK following the death of his father and now young Chuck wants to be down with them, just like Nobby wanted to head to West Ham to be near his family. Arsenal remain keen but it seems more likely Spuds will want him to replace the ineffective Tainio.

Obviously French left winger syndrome has well and truly kicked in with him, joining other Gallic gimps such as Bernard, Goma, Dumas, Ginola, Robert and Domi as whingers when things aren`t going all their own way. I`d love to keep him at the club but his head and heart are almost certainly somewhere over Grantham at the moment, prior to arriving at Kings Cross. KK has spoken out, aiming to keep him but telling us to expect the worse:

"The best way to get people to commit to a club is to convince them that there isn`t a better club out there for them. He`s just signed a new contract, but if he`s really homesick and wants to go, there isn`t much we can do. All we will do is try and convince him that if he leaves he will miss out on something.

Players are scared of jumping off a big ship on to a littler one, they hate the idea of missing out on something. If, at the end of the day, he still says he doesn`t want to be here, and he`s not saying that at this stage, then we will have to consider what to do in the summer.

At the moment we are pretty open minded. He said his family are in London and he wants to be closer to them, but it is our job to try and keep our best players. I personally don`t think he will leave for a better club if he does go. There might be one who are above us in the league at the moment, but there isn`t one with the potential this club has.

He`s definitely a talent, he can go past people and he can excite the crowd, but he`s by no means the finished article.

But fans love those sorts of players, who in one movement can go past two or three people with a little shift of the feet or with a burst of pace. Rest assured we will do what we can, but if he says he doesn`t want to be here, we have to accept that and bring someone better in.

Charles N`Zogbia has been compared to David Ginola, but Ginola was 29 when he came, he was very experienced. The reason he came was because he was guilty of giving the ball away on the halfway line and the other team scored and knocked France out of the World Cup.

He was never forgiven for that by the French people so we brought him to Newcastle. I think Charlie`s got a lot of ability but it`s off the cuff at the moment, he`s still learning the game, but you expect that from someone so young. He`s only 21 and he hasn`t got David`s experience yet."

Hardly encouraging words from Kev but in this era of player power it`s only to be expected.




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Writer: Ross Molyneux Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 13 2008

Time: 10:46AM

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Let the kid go. Great player but his head is permanently getting turned by other things. Sulky little sod as well. The money from his sale will go a way towards starting the rebuilding.
SirLes
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13/02/2008 10:51:00

Your team is crap and he wants better oppurtunities with a team of the future, unfortunately me as a spurs fan don't think he is good enuf for us so you can keep him.....thanks but no thanks.
spursinSA
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13/02/2008 11:08:00

Intriguing. With his quality of dead ball and delivery generally I thought he'd be spot on for Berbatov. Unless you expect him to leave come the summer...
SirLes
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13/02/2008 11:10:00

We need the quality of Queresma if we are to push for top 4, unfortunately as talented as he is,like you say he is far from the finished article, he could turn out to be another Andy Reid for all we now and that would just be disasterous.......besides with Bale emerging and Lennon on the right, i think he will be surplus to requirements.
spursinSA
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13/02/2008 11:17:00

I suppose Bale is a good shout. Queresma to Spurs? You're taking the ***** aren't you?!
SirLes
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13/02/2008 11:29:00

Queresma is over-rated he is a show pony who isn't half as good as the like of Ronaldo, he's work shy aswell, Ramos wouldn't want a player like that. Still think Bale is better as a left-back bombing past the midfield. N'Zogbia is a good player and I feel we would miss out if we didn't go for him, much like we did not buying Petrov.
smileyspur
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13/02/2008 11:45:00

i think Petrov was a major miss.....still i tink i would take Bale over Zog anyday........i just don't rate Chucky.........i don't think there will be many clubs coming for his services in the Summer....
spursinSA
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13/02/2008 11:50:00

Petrov has been awesome, really thought he'd go to yourselves given the amount of contact you had with Athletico.
SirLes
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13/02/2008 11:51:00

maybe what i should say is i dont think clubs will come coz he is on a long term contract and KK will ask an arm and a leg and a pound of flesh for Chucky
spursinSA
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13/02/2008 11:57:00

Exactly. We're not liable to let him go on the cheap, we've no incentive to do so.
SirLes
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13/02/2008 12:04:00

You left out Chris Waddle, Paul Gascoigne and Jermaine Jenas from your list from SJP to WHL.
Big_Chiv
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13/02/2008 12:26:00

Zoggy has gone off the boil if you ask me last season he looked an improved player but has dont nothing this season. Sell him to spuds with an extra 12m and try to intice Berbatov to sign for us as he is supposed to be a big Newcastle fan.
davidmillzy
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15/02/2008 17:42:00

 

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