The grass isn’t always greener!

Has N'Zogbia moved on to bigger and better things?
I was having this discussion with Marktoon in the pub the other night, mainly because I caught a couple of people talking about it on here.

Basically it was a discussion about players who have left Newcastle United, and of those players, which ones have gone on to bigger and better things.

To be honest it was a remarkably hard question to answer as I couldn’t think of many, plus there are many definitions when it comes to trying to ascertain just what bigger and better things are. Whether it’s more money, more trophies, playing for a bigger team or how you view any of them will determine the answers, so other people may basically say that one player has gone on to better things due to a larger paycheck while someone else may say that the same players hasn’t as he personally has done nothing with his career.

You see what I mean? It really is a hard one, but lets try and see just who people think has gone onto better things after leaving United.

The one that springs to mind is Scott Parker. the media favourite is now a starting fixture in the Tottenham side, but lets not forget he went to West Ham and was part of a team that got them relegated first. Yes he’s one on to greater things, but it’s been a roundabout way of doing it.

James Milner I suppose you could say has gone on to greater things, if you class a bench warming role at Manchester City that. I’m sure his bank balance has increased, but I can’t help but feel that he is over-rated. People will point towards that season at Aston Villa where he scored a load of goals, but the vast majority of them were penalties lets not forget.

Shay Given left and went to Manchester City before doing the reverse of James Milner and ending up and Aston Villa. He is now a goalkeeper of a mid-table team at best. Has he gone on to greater things?

How about Charles N’Zogbia, now at Aston Villa after a spell at Wigan? He sulked away from us, and Wigan, and now he is doing much the same at Villa. He never quite made it to Arsenal then? has he gone on to better things?

You see my point? Not many players who leave United go on to better things. They may earn more cash and have a bigger bank balance or another Ferrari as a result, but on a professional level they never really seem to replicate the kind of level of performance level of playing that they reached with us, barring a couple of exceptions.

Perhaps a sobering thought or those players who have even half a thought of cashing in their chips and moving on to “better” things?

About toonsy

A lifelong Newcastle fan and current webmaster of this very 'blog who has the sole aim of creating a place by Newcastle United fans, for Newcastle United fans.

231 thoughts on “The grass isn’t always greener!

  1. Since Barfa has found his form and with our two strikers, it’s reminiscent of the days under KK and SBR, where you know the Toon are capable of scoring anytime.

    The style of football isn’t as exciting but the goal threat is.


  2. Nerves are janglng again.

    In little over half an hour Brisbane Roar play Central Coast Mariners in the second leg of the A-league final. Brisbane leads 2-0 after the first leg. You might think that the final is the last game. Wrong!

    The winner hosts the Grand Final in 2 weeks time. The loser plays off with Perth Glory next week for a place in the Grand Final. Such is the Aussie end of season play-off system.

    I’ve swapped my black and white for orange. Howay Brisvegas.


  3. Were most against Pards anyway? He wouldn’t have been anyones favourite choice but surely most were willing to give him a chance?
    I really didn’t want KD, Fat Sam or Sourness but was willing to give them all a chance…….mind I did want Gullit so what do I know 😕 😆


  4. Howey bris. Noticed you lot have berisha as striker?? Another player with a past at my local club. Howey the roar!


  5. Good article Toonsy and thought provoking.

    I’ve often sat back and wondered why some player wanted to leave us when it was clearly a step down in terms of club size and potential and Nzogbia springs to mind from the off.
    Bassong was another that showed clear potential to be top notch and now look at him.

    As for those who did make it, I agree on Parker in a respect but to be fair he didn’t really go onto better things immediately after us and only his performances in a stuttering West Ham team stood him out as Tottenhams Tiote .

    If I had to go back a bit and pick players who actually went on to better things, I’d go for Gascoigne, albeit he effected his own downfall from that point.

    Players over the last 5 years or so that have left, I’d have to say nobody has what you can call immediately went on to better things from the off at one particular club and it’s usually took a move from that club , like Milner from Villa to Man City, who can class the move as more successful in a way.


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