Thursday, November 27, 2008

Zog still on the Tyne - for now

As declarations of commitment to his employers go, Charles N'Zogbia's hardly ranked up there with the most convincing: "In an ideal world, I would want to stay with Newcastle United. Obviously I am not happy that I have hardly figured in [JFK's] starting line-up recently, but that is up to me to put right". As Newcastle fans, we know well enough it's far from an ideal world...

The cynic in me saw this story and immediately assumed he'd been forced by JFK into making a statement to dispel the recent rumours of a move back across the Channel to Paris St Germain - but if anything his half-hearted commitment fuels them.

In other news, it came as a surprise to no one at all that JFK's been hit with an improper conduct charge for labelling Martin Atkinson a "Mickey Mouse referee". First Coco the Clown, now Mickey - who's next in line to be the subject of defamatory comments?

Today's papers linked us with loan moves for Arsenal's Alexandre Song and Johan Djourou - what with the reported interest in Denilson, are we trying to sign their entire squad? Big egos, dressing room unrest - yep, sounds like they'd fit in on Tyneside...

Also mentioned (once again) is our pursuit of Blackburn's Stephen Warnock, as well as his built-like-a-brick-shithouse team-mate Christopher Samba, who opened the scoring in his side's 2-1 victory at St James's Park at the tail-end of September. Presumably we've had a scout around for goalscoring centre-halves in the Premier League, and decided to pass on re-signing Titus...

And finally Mark Viduka might be fit to make a belated first appearance of the season against his old club on Saturday. Surely the lack of match fitness will dictate that he only starts on the bench, but it'll be interesting to see what JFK does once he's up to speed - will he stick with the 4-4-2, or switch to the 4-3-3 that accommodates Viduka, Little Saint Mick and Obafemi Martins which worked to such good effect to drag us up and out of trouble last season?


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