The player in question, as suggested by the headline, is Charles N’Zogbia who left the club in a cloud of controversy and spat dummies back in 2009 after being insulted by Joe Kinnear. Quite how anyone can be insulted by a man who swears at anything and calls you by the wrong name is beyond me. At the time I thought Charlie boy was being petty, but on reflection I guess he had a point.
There were rumours suggesting that Newcastle had a deadline day bid knocked back by Wigan, but recently the speculation has intensified amid rumours that Alan Pardew could be set to reignite his winter interest in the summer. Of course they could just be regurgitated rumours but I guess we’ll only be able to tell that when the transfer window closes.
Regurgitation or not, it does bring about some interesting questions, and also some rather interesting spin-off questions. With Wigan being one of five teams facing the drop there will no doubt be clubs waiting in the wings to swoop on any of those clubs better players should the worst happen and they end up getting relegated.
This isn’t a ‘who would you poach from the relegation teams’ thread. It’s more of a general musing and realisation that many clubs will be looking to cherrypick the better players. It’s already happening at West Ham, it happened with us, and to be fair it happens to most relegated teams, and will no doubt happen to the rest.
If Wigan were to go down would you be happy for N’Zogbia to return? Has he burned his bridges with the Toon Army? Do you think he would upset the team spirit?
I used to be dead set against bringing N’Zogbia back, but I’ve changed my tune recently. Ever since January I’ve been watching him, his performances, his behaviour, and he has impressed me. If Wigan survive it will be mainly down to him as he has scored some very important goals in recent weeks. He hasn’t sulked once and seems to have grown up a lot since he left Newcastle.
Played in his proper position I think he could be a real asset to us again and I’d welcome him back if a move ever transpired and I think he is the sort of player we are missing, but only if he has left his childish and petulant behaviour behind him.
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