No going back for our old boys?

Rubin Kazan, who are they?
Over the last few seasons we’ve had many players leave in hope of going on to bigger and better things.

Not all of them have succeeded, but I’ve been wondering whether or not you would have any of them back?

My general feeling around the departures is that some of the timings were poor, but we always got a relatively good deal out of it. Also, these players did not want to play for us, and I’d much rather have players fighting and giving all for the shirt than this bunch of mercenaries.

Damien Duff – Damien Duff took the brunt of a lot of criticism from fans during his time at Newcastle, with plenty of half-hearted or just generally awful displays. Duff also scored the own goal which relegated the club. I know it’s not his fault, but I think it was one of the only good things which came of his spell.

Duff moved to Fulham for a rumoured £4 million after our relegation, shortly after confirming his intention to help Newcastle get back into the Premier League – we heard that a few times. Duff did very little on Tyneside but has performed decently for Fulham, but there’s not a chance I would have him back as he would be very much 3rd or 4th choice.

Habib Beye – Habib Beye was very popular amongst the fans during his time at Newcastle which, in my opinion, really shows how much of a poor time we were having. Beye is mediocre in my opinion. he was alright defensively and scored a very important goal against Birmingham, but apart from that he was average. He could do some good runs forward, but often struggled with a five yard pass or the final ball. He was a tad weak too.

Beye also stated that he would stay and help the club get promoted, but suddenly changed his mind and decided that he needed to leave to “save” his career. He did a good job of it aswell, after moving to Aston Villa for around £2 million he’s played nine times. Well saved Beye.

Obafemi Martins –Obafemi Martins was given the sacred number nine shirt. He was the first man to take the shirt after Alan Shearer, so it was always going to be a big ask and Martins was both exciting and frustrating during his time on Tyneside. The 55-year-old scored 39 goals in 105 games, with a few thunderbolts included to boot. Martins would have scored a great deal more with better ball control; it was a real shame that he couldn’t trap a medicine ball.

Martins also reiterated his desire to help us return to the Premier League. Can anyone see a recurring theme? Martins was sold to Wolfsburg for a fee of around £9 million, which was a good business for the club, allowing younger better players to come through the ranks, a la Andy Carroll.

Sebastien Bassong – Sebastien Bassong won our Player of the Season award in our relegated season after his £500,000 transfer from French second division team Metz. Bassong was steady at the back and put in some crunching challenges – I’ll always remember his tackle against the Mackems. But I can’t help think that Bassong looked a bit better than he was playing in between a woeful Fabricio Coloccini and Jose Enrique. How things change, eh?

After relegation Bassong expressed his desire to leave the club with plenty of teams interested in signing him. Bassong was sold to Tottenham for around £8 million and now spends his days warming the bench next to another ex-Newcastle player, Jermaine Jenas.

Charles N’Zogbia – The Charles N’Zogbia situation is my favourite out of all of these personally. In the January of our relegation season N’Zogbia had a falling out with then Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear and Andy Carroll which unsettled the Frenchman. In a way I don’t blame N’Zogbia, because both Kinnear and Carroll could start an argument in an empty room.

“After four years at Newcastle, I want to reach a higher level of ambition. I don’t think that is possible here.”

Following that comment N’Zogbia moved to Wigan. Yes, higher level of ambition and he moved to Wigan, comedy brilliance. N’Zogbia moved for a fee of £6 million plus Ryan Taylor, which seemed a decent deal at the time, until we saw Ryan Taylor play that is. Funnily enough N’Zogbia now wants to leave Wigan and is pining for a return to Newcastle to join la Révolution française. We must be a more ambitious team now! Well, I hope so anyway…

Looking at the players we’ve let move on for a combined fee of around £30 million, who would I want back?

Well, out of that bunch I would only really want to see Charles N’Zogbia return. Although he is a typical moody Frenchman he would give us a great deal more pace and cutting edge going forward and would link up with our French contingent well.

Bassong would be an alright acquisition, but wheeler dealer Harry Redknapp would want an astronomical fee for him and it would not be worth it. The rest of them, well they can rot on the bench of the clubs they’re currently at. Mercenaries!

Who would you take back?

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38 thoughts on “No going back for our old boys?

  1. Only Zog for me, don’t see what was funny about the ambition bit though, they finished mid table we went down. 😉

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  2. Totally disagree about Beye i thought he was terrific for us and the one that disapointed me after relegation he should have stayed, He set up numerous goals and as for being weak i remember him moving to centre half away at stoke and being immense and winning practically everything their beastmen could throw at him.

    Zog would do a good job, Still be surprised if we sign him after the way he left and the marveaux signing though…

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  3. Pearceet – i’d have lost my rag too much

    Richie – still, on our promoted season we finished above them, they’re f*cking shite if we’re being honest 😛

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  4. Jobey…but at the time he left which is what we’re talking about they were better, they also finished that season higher than we did this season 😉

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  5. A good artcile Jobey, but I have to disagree about Beye, he was a top quality defender in my eyes.

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  6. All clubs do to varying degrees, that season both clubs ambition was to stay up, they wanted it more and managed it comfortably, we didn’t.

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  7. Only one id take is the Zog to he honest. The rest of them are too old aside from bassong who couldn’t get out the door quick enough and would cost a canny wedge to bring back.

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  8. Would really like to have Zog back with us. The others I’m not sure about, all Duff ever did was run about in circles

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  9. I’d take Zog…and with Spurs perhaps looking to sell the periphery quickly then I’d take Bassong back for say a million. He’d be better backup than Williamson imo and would allow kadar to go out and get championship experience. Of course Spurs would probably want the 7mil they paid us for him which I wouldn’t go near…only if we could grab him on the cheap or poach him on a free 😀

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  10. Would take Zog only if he really wants to play for the club. Is Wolves interested in Bassong ?

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  11. agree 100% with Newkie. Take the Zog for money being touted around, but only bring Bassong back if we can do it for 4.5 mil or under. Not really worth it otherwise. He would also fit in well with our Frech-speaking contingent

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  12. I’d love to see N’Zogbia back, liked Bassong and Beye but we dont need either with our defence fairly beefed up, hate Duff and Martins for ditching the club, only favour they did us was leaving to lower the wage bill, good riddance. 😉

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  13. Bassong and Beye had no interest in NUFC it was a stop gap and glad they have suffered.
    Martins…..great first season then didn’t want to know when he did play.
    Duff was a TWAT too.

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  14. I thought Beye was excellent when he was here, but it all fell apart at leyton orient and he lost every ounce of respect. Wouldnt want him back anyway too old now.
    Bassong is still class and while he was quick to get out, it was probably his agent talking through him and his sale was also in the interest of the club(profit). Would take him back at a cut price, but the wheeler-dealer at spurs probably want too much.
    Duff = twat. nuff said
    Martins…. hmmm.. difficult. Would be exciting to have him as a squad/impact sub. He has a element of the unexpected about him and I like him. Think he would have stayed if possible, but he had to go(wages and transfer fee).
    N’Zogbia I would also go for. His production at Wigan is excellent, but would not want us to give in for whelans £10m + price.

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  15. Scott Parker was terrible, he just kept turning in circles, giving the ball away with the majority oh his passes – to be fair he put the effort in as he did or west ham – still wouldn’t want him tho

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  16. Aaron Hughes. Should never have sold him in the first place! Would have meant that problems we have now wouldn’t even exist and he wouldn’t have cost the earth to keep!

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  17. None, wouldn’t take any of them back, those who expressed their love for the club and wanting to help get us back first time of asking shouldn’t have left, if they really wanted to help the club get back they should have taken a pay cut and worked their arses intot he ground for it! back stabbing, greedy bastards!
    Owen as well you didn’t mention. Wouldn’t take him back, ever! and is it just me or has he gotten even more insufferable since he joined twitter?

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  18. I think Owen is just as insufferable to be honest, it’s just now he is easily accessible to boot. Strange really. We can find him easier now than we could when he played for us 😆

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  19. I actually liked Obafemi Martins. Yes he did want to leave us but I thought he was a really good player. The only one out of the lot who i would have back 🙂

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  20. If Martins had a footballing brain he would have been immense. He had so may edges to his game it was unreal, but he had the raw ability. Pace, power, could shoot, could finish, but that would balance out with smashing everything as hard as possible, running down blind alleys, giving the ball away cheaply, not being able to pass it five yards….

    That goal against Tottenham though, away, the 3-2 at WHL. I dropped my pint on the floor when that went it 😯

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  21. Beye too old, Martins too expensive and likes his time in the pub too much, Parker’s a hard worker and one of West Ham’s best players but that’s not saying much, Bassong a possibility but shouldn’t overpay (6 M max), who mentioned wanting Owen back must be a joke, a greedy crock, Duff too old and greedy, Zog is worth an offer but not over 9 or 10M and have to be careful with his wage demands. Most of them should stay where they are and collect splinters.

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  22. After Scott Parker and Duff left us they went into partnership together, Making Crop Circles 😀

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  23. Looks like the makkems will be hoying some money aboot over the next couple of days… 🙄 Whickham 13 million 😯 howay man…

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  24. good price for whickam ……..would you go to scumberland for any less? I wonder how much theyre paying Ipswich for him …. 😆

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  25. harsh on beye he was terrific player, def better than simpson if he was a bit younger id have him back at the club to bilboa he was old when we sold him same reason most has-beens sit on the bench generally quite well paid and our bench

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