In the first and potentially last in an exciting summer transfer extravaganza special, we look at one of the players linked with making a switch to L4 and in his case the short trip from Wigan, the French International Charles N’Zogbia.
N’Zogbia can certainly play – although a left footer he has played most of this season on the right for Wigan tucking in on his left foot. He represents everything we need; he has speed, can go inside or out and has an eye for goal. We registered one of the lowest league totals for goals from fast breaks and for taking on players last season – N’Zog would bring this to the table. Will we sign him? Probably not.
Here are 10 interesting facts about him that you can wow your mates with down the boozer should Blue Bill somehow manage to stump up the cash from Lloyd Webber……
10 Interesting Facts about Charles N’Zogbia.
- He has given Andy Carroll a good hiding following a tempestuous training session whilst the pair where at Newcastle
- N’Zogbia is a massive fan of the Lighthouse Family and went to see them in concert during his time at Newcastle. His favourite track is ‘Ocean Drive’
- He hails from Harfleur, France which is a light industrial town situated in the Pays de Caux by the banks of the Seine and Lezarde rivers, some 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Le Havre. In 1996 Jimmy Nail played a one off gig in the town including an acoustic special of his UK hit ‘Crocodile Shoes’
- Last season N’Zogbia averaged a shot on target every 98 minutes from midfield. In comparison Victor Anichebe averaged a shot on target every 128 minutes. Nzogbia also registered 9 goals which is 9 more than Anichebe.
- N’Zogbia’s favoured holiday destination is Centre Parcs. He is also a massive fan of Britain’s Got Talent and is a self confessed Simon Cowell obsessive.
- N Zogbia was signed for just £250,000 by former Toon supremo Bobby Robson. Rumours that the former England head coach signed Nzog by accident and actually was trying to sign Bernard Diomede were dismissed as speculation by Robbo’s right hand man John Carver
- Last season he created a chance for a team-mate every 44 minutes – the exact same as Everton’s creative hub Mikel Arteta.
- In the summer of 2006, he was selected for the France Under 21 provisional squad for the Euros in Portugal. However, because of an ongoing dispute between Newcastle, Le Havre and the French FA concerning his move to The Magpies, the French coach had no choice but to leave him out of the final squad
- N’Zogbia earned the nickname ‘Zog’, with Newcastle supporters chanting Zog on the Tyne (in reference to the Lindisfarne song ‘Fog on the Tyne’ in appreciation to his contribution to the team
- Despite press speculation that the pair fell out over N’Zogbia’s poor attitude, the real reason Joe Kinnear and N’Zog’s relationship turned sour was due to a bizarre argument over biscuits and N’Zog’s belief that custard creams pack more flavour than Kinnear’s preferred post training snack, the Ginger Nut.