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Habib Beye says French striker should have joined Newcastle

5 years ago

Former Newcastle defender Habib Beye says that Bafetimbi Gomis shoulf have joined United, rather than staying at Swansea.

Gomis was strongly linked with a move to Tyneside in January and Habib Beye says that Newcastle’s playing style would have been a much better for for the former Lyon forward.

The 30 year old made a flying start to the season with four Premier League goals in August, including one fo the two goals that beat Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium.

However, with only one goal in the five+ months that have followed, it looked certain he would leave in January especially with Swansea’s new manager freezing him out – it is now over six weeks since Bafetimbi Gomis made a Premier League start.

It was claimed that a move for Gomis to Newcastle fell down because Swansea didn’t want to sell to a relegation rival, but the Jonjo Shelvey move tends to undermine that.

If indeed it was the striker himself who turned down Newcastle as Habib Beye claims, it would look a strange decision. Especially considering new Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin doesn’t appear to rate Gomis and he hasn’t started a Premier League match for over six weeks.

As for Habib Beye, the former United defender works for Canal+ in France as an expert on the Premier League.

As a player he was easily the best buy made by Sam Allardyce, arriving from Marseille for £2m and proved to be a stylish right-back and very popular with the fans.

However, Beye threw all that away when he indicated that he was staying to help Newcastle get back up after the relegation in 2009m only to then suddenly do a u-turn and sign for Villa. However, injuries and loss of form saw him play only nine games for Villa in two and a half years before he ended up at Doncaster…

Habib Beye speaking to France Football:

“Bafetimbi Gomis is a real player but is not the kind of player who will win the ball, dribble and make a breakaway of 40 metres.

“He is a player that must be used (correctly), who will make runs to the near post, a strong boy, strong in the head.

“He loves space, much less the playing in small (tight) areas developed by the Swans. In these circumstances, it is difficult for him to shine.

“Then he is also a victim of poor performance of his team. When they are not good, they tend to strengthen the defence, even sacrificing a striker. Ayew and Sigurdsson have a broader range. They can play anywhere in attack, swap, participate in the game but also defend. This is not the game of Bafetimbi Gomis.

“I think Bafé would have done better to leave in the winter transfer window. There are clubs looking for players of his profile such as Newcastle, who contacted him – but he eventually stayed.

“Bafé is a physical player who needs to play in regular matches and score to be good, needs to be confident.

“This confidence, he will have to go and get it himself. He will need to make use of this little game time and be decisive – otherwise, it will be time for him to go elsewhere.”


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