I was originally going to do three separate articles for central midfielders, right midfielders and left midfielders; however I have decided to just do one and include them all. The reason for this is while I could think of a few poor central midfielders, I can’t think of many left midfielders so the articles would be a bit uneven.
This time around you can vote for FOUR players of your choice so be sure to think long and hard about who gets your vote.
Geremi – In his prime he was a decent player that Chelsea managed to utilise very well, however when he joined us many thought he was already past his sell by date. Whilst he still had the technique and ability to put in a good ball, he lacked in terms of pace, stamina and skill, which makes it even more of a mystery that he managed to keep his place on the wing for two full seasons.
Clarence Acuna – A theme which is extremely common in this series, is players that start off well and slowly fade away, this is definitely the case for Acuna. He settled in pretty well alongside Gary Speed and fellow South American Solano, however he soon found himself stuck on the bench and the games he did play resulted in him being hauled off after half time. His relationship with the board also took a hit when he was arrested for drink driving whilst wearing a Captain Hook outfit (eye patch and everything!).
Christian Bassedas – Newcastle fans had high hopes for Bassedas who had established himself as an Argentinean international and had won the league in his own country. What they did not expect though, was only 24 appearances and 1 goal in three years at the club, which left a bad taste in supporters’ mouths. It was a mixture of very poor form and a series of injuries that blighted his time here at the club and he retired soon after.
Silvio Maric – There’s not really much to say about the Croation Midfielder, he only managed 23 appearances for the club, a lot of them from the bench. In his one season at the club he failed to make any real impression and couldn’t hold down a first team place. Many fans feel his short stay on Tyneside was epitomised by his shocking miss in the F.A cup final against Man United.
Hugo Viana – He arrived on an unbelievable wave of hype after his outstanding performances at the European Championships (There’s a rumour that we chose him over Cristiano Ronaldo…). Like so many others before him, he just didn’t have the stamina or strength required to play in the Premier League, perhaps if he had chosen a different club over us he could have made a real name for himself. He was one of Sir Bobby Robson’s few mistakes in the transfer market, costing a hefty £8.5million. Another thing to note was he needed an extra second to make a pass or shoot which was something you simply couldn’t have at this level.
Amdy Faye – Faye was never going to be one of our greats, or even a good player, as he was brought in as cover for our midfield. In his 31 games here he failed to win over the fans, and although he always gave his all, he just didn‘t have the ability and for that reason he was quickly sold after his first season.
Fumaca – Sir Bobby did a huge amount of good things for this club, however his first signing in the form of Fumaca was certainly not one of them. His stay on Tyneside was extremely short lived, only making five appearances for us and even those were blighted by mistakes and lack of effort from the Brazilian.
Diego Gavilan – The Paraguayan international was only 19 when we snapped him up from a club in his homeland for £2 million. He was thrown straight into the hot seat for his debut against Sunderland which ended in a 2-2 draw; however he was virtually invisible the entire match. One of the reasons he was held in such high acclaim in his own country was because of his speed, now speed is a great attribute for a football but he was also very lightweight. This wasn’t so much of a problem in his own country as the game over there revolves more around skill and flair, but over here he simply couldn’t deal with the physical side of the game and played only 7 games for us.
Georgios Geordiadis – I suppose if you’re a Greek Geordie then there isn’t really a better name than Georgios Geordiadis. Unfortunately he couldn’t live up to his name and the right winger only played ten games in the Black and White stripes which is ten too many in my opinion. Before he left he did experience an FA cup final which is something to brag about although his performance during the final is certainly not something to tell the grandkids, and since then he has been capped 61 times for Greece.
Ignachio Gonzalez – “I was being asked to sanction the signing of a player in order to ‘do a favour’ for two South American agents. No-one at the club had seen this player play and I was asked to sign him on the basis of some clips on You Tube”
Those are the words of Keegan and a Premier League Tribunal ruled that Keegan had been forced to make the transfer and awarded him compensation. Also for me, the signing of this player sums up everything that is wrong with the Ashley regime, running the club like a business not like a football club. There’s not really much else to say on the player as he only made two appearances and spent the rest of the season in the treatment room.
Des Hamilton – He was Kenny Daglish’s first signing at Newcastle although he didn’t get round to making his debut to later on in the year due to injury. He made twelve appearances for the club, most of which were extremely mediocre although he did get to play against Barcelona. His career at Newcastle was pretty much over when he wasn’t even given a squad number for the 1999-2000 season and he was loaned out to Huddersfield.
There are eleven players listed above and each one is a player that I hope I will never ever see in a Black and White shirt again, so use your four votes wisely!