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He's had snoozegate and textgate but Charles N'Zogbia has to stay

By Lee Ryder on Nov 26, 08 03:15 PM

Let's get one thing straight about Charles N'Zogbia and that is that Newcastle United would be a weaker side without him.

Handing the Frenchman over to anybody else in the Premier League would be ludicrous and would surely come back to haunt the black and whites in the future just like most other former players do, I mean come on if Titus Bramble comes back to haunt you anyone can!

Charlie boy has certainly had his ups and downs in the whacky world of Newcastle United but he's also one of the most naturally talented players at Joe Kinnear's disposal at St James's Park if not the most talented player of all at Newcastle.

Kinnear so far doesn't appear to fancy Zoggy much at the moment but has claimed that he will not sell and Charlie has now made it clear he doesn't want to leave.

So, just a couple of days after snoozegate, an episode in which N'Zogbia missed the team's morning walk before Chelsea, it now looks like he's going nowhere which has to be good news.

Bad news for the likes of Paris St-Germain or any other side who fancied signing up the skilful left sided player but without doubt great news for Newcastle United.

N'Zogbia gives Newcastle a cutting edge going forward when he plays and he can frighten the life out of defenders with his incredible pace.

The left-back situation is a bit more complex but it's obvious to anybody that if you put a left-winger at the back he's going to want to fly forward whenever he can.

So sometimes when wingers are fielded deeper, then it's a fair bet they'll get caught, well, pardon the pun, but napping at times.

Signed by Sir Bobby Robson, N'Zogbia admitted in a recent Chronicle interview that he was used to managerial change and that he'd had more managers than stotties in his time on Tyneside.

I'm sure during the same interview he also cracked a bit of a smile which suggested that, unlike plenty of other previous eras, Zoggy is happy enough with life on Tyneside.

He was even spotted high fiving one of those people dressed up as a giant Magpie (an incident in which he kept another straight face) in a recent home game so if that's not affection or commitment to the Toon cause, just what is these days?

And while he may not smile much with his nickname at the club Chuckles, it's certainly happy news to hear he wants to stay.

And as it turns out snoozegate was nothing like textgate in which the player stormed out of the Toon camp just an hour before the kick off at Watford a couple of seasons ago.

That twist in the tale, came after Zoggy was caught red handed bouncing off a text during a team meeting ahead of caretaker boss Nigel Pearson's team talk.

To this day nobody apart from the recepient of the text knows whether or not he inserted a smiley on the end of it.

But snoozegate turns out that he was actually getting treatment and therefore didn't break any club rules.

So at a time when relegation haunted Newcastle United need as many good players as they can get, the news that Zoggy, Charlie boy, Chuckles or whatever you want to call him has to go into the good category.

And in the week building up to the scene of his greatest Newcastle United goal at Middlesbrough last season, a repeat from the derby specialist (he also scored that wonderful twisting run against the Mackems too) would be just the job when it comes to putting this little hullaballo well and truly to bed.

ARE YOU PLEASED CHARLES N'ZOGBIA IS STAYING?

6 Comments

sam said:

if ashley stayed n owen went i wouldnt be happy but if charlie went i'd be absolutely devastated as i alwys seem to be more confident about scoring and winning games when he plays so i am chuffed that he wants to stay for how long is anoter question especially if he cant get in front of duff who is only palyin cos joe is irish

bob harvey said:

Second attempt!
Yes, very pleased that Charlie is staying. He is the most talented player in the squad and should be first on the team sheet, especially if he commits himself to the cause.

Colin said:

N'Zogbia is a crucial part of the squad and we'll certainly be weaker if the club let him go.

sean sturrock said:

i'd be gutted if charlie left. Yes he is a talented player but not the most talented player in our squad e.g jonas gutierrez.

Ronnie Lambert said:

Hear, hear to that Lee. This is one of the biggest mysteries to blight our Alice in wonderland club, you never know what's around the corner, or through the looking glass. But Charles NZogbia is a no brainer for playing 90 minutes when he's fit, ahead of 'flash in the pan' Duff, whom I fully expect to tire out soon. Not that he's set the club alight with his occasional runs that 'succeed' in passing his man. Charley should be treated like the star that he potentially is by either playing on the left wing or, as I've heard, Hear, hear to that Lee. This is one of the biggest mysteries to blight our Alice in wonderland club, you never know what's around the corner, or through the looking glass. But Charles NZogbia is a no brainer for playing 90 minutes when he's fit, ahead of 'flash in the pan' Duff, whom I fully expect to tire out soon. Not that he's set the club alight with his occasional runs that 'succeed' in passing his man. Charley should be treated like the star that he potentially is by either playing on the left wing or, as I've heard, his favoured position of midfield. Howay man, we're desperate for a creative midfielder and he's the nearest thing to it. Trouble is, with all due respect to Joe, his gritty midfield helps to keep more goals out than score them. Nicky Butt is waning fast and Guthrie is the same type of player, surely we could coach defensive traits into Zog from a midfield position. I can't help but feel that Barton's remaining carreer will be peppered with stop/starts due to the karma he's dished out. Bottom line....Zog on the Tyne is all ours, all ours.

deo said:

he's damn talented...happy to hear he's staying...

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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