Robert would be welcomed back to Newcastle?

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Robert - Worth another shot at Newcastle?

I think we all remember those good old days when Alan Shearer and Laurent Robert tore defences apart and progressed up the league. Those days have gone though, and many of those great players have left the club. There’s no doubt that Laurent Robert was a special footballer and Bobby Robson saw this too. Although Sir Bobby wasn’t keen on paying big fees for his players, the chairman insisted and Robert was on Tyneside before too long. Before too long he was stringing passes together and scoring for fun from free-kicks. Naturally with upheaval at the club Robert’s performances lessened and his last real ‘hurrah’ with Newcastle was the stunning 1-0 win at home to Liverpool that long time ago.

Today brings news that Robert wants to rejoin Newcastle, after leaving the club under Graeme Souness. Souness to say the least, was a stern leader but never got the best out of the players, and far from it. He’ll be remembered as signing Michael Owen, and Albert Luque, those guys.

However, after short stints with Pompey, Derby, Benfica, and so on, Robert is a free agent and looking for one more go at football. It’s understood that he’s in talks with PSG at the minute but he’s told Toon new boy Fabrice Pancrate, that he wants to rejoin NUFC.

Pancrate said:

“I had a lot of conversations with Laurent and he told me about how amazing this city was, how incredible the fans are and how much I would enjoy my time here.

“As soon as I walked through the doors I realised he was right.

“I think Laurent is in talks with Paris St Germain at the moment, but he told me that he would like to come back here.

“If it could happen he would say yes. That’s what he said to me. He loves the club.

“I spoke to the manager to tell him Laurent would like to come back and is available. I gave him his number. I don’t know what has happened since then.”

I know there’s plenty out there that wouldn’t want him back and calling him a ‘trouble maker’ ‘Prima Donna’ etc but I think he has some class left in his tank just yet. I’d certainly sign him till January on a ‘Pay as you Play’ basis. Then again, who knows what he’d look for, for wages.

Maybe he is past it, but I’ve just got that feeling that he has something to give, especially at Newcastle. Then again, I also have an overwhelming feeling that Chris Hughton won’t sign him.

We’ll just have to see.

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qemin: ⏱ 04/12/2009

ask him to join as a coach or something. That'll do it!

qemin: ⏱ 04/12/2009

ask him to join as a coach or something. That'll do it!

Doocey: ⏱ 04/12/2009

I think he has some quality left yet but I doubt Hughton will sign him anyway..

Doocey: ⏱ 04/12/2009

I think he has some quality left yet but I doubt Hughton will sign him anyway..

The Gallowgate Bedale: ⏱ 04/12/2009

He was a liability by the end if his career and has a bad attitude. Best remembered for all the good things he did, a return would only sour that.

The Gallowgate Bedale: ⏱ 04/12/2009

He was a liability by the end if his career and has a bad attitude. Best remembered for all the good things he did, a return would only sour that.

Big Dave: ⏱ 04/12/2009

We should get him over for 2 weeks trail see if he still has the legs.

Big Dave: ⏱ 04/12/2009

We should get him over for 2 weeks trail see if he still has the legs.

indian geordie: ⏱ 04/12/2009

i Loved to see him play. Don't come back n sour the memories. We will always luv u

indian geordie: ⏱ 04/12/2009

i Loved to see him play. Don't come back n sour the memories. We will always luv u

duke: ⏱ 04/12/2009

have been working as a coach with the New York Red Bulls and seen Laurent Robert play for Toronto FC in the MLS. This guy is not the player he once was. As a massive NUFC fan he would not add any thing to what we have in class, only another option if needed... To be truthful we have limited creativity in the middle at the moment, Laurent Robert is old and not the direct answer we need. However if he is cheap then a contribution to our goal difference my be what were needing. Our longer term vision is to bring in some of our young lads; Lua Lua on the ball will offer questions to opposition with runs on the ball. I do admit he is young and limited experience; however from the few performances he has played he has shown promise in some areas of his game with relatively good technique. He needs a bit more guidance and purpose to his game this would and can solve the issue for cover and introduction to the game. He could be a good player and have a similar part to play as Kieran Dyer was.

duke: ⏱ 04/12/2009

have been working as a coach with the New York Red Bulls and seen Laurent Robert play for Toronto FC in the MLS. This guy is not the player he once was. As a massive NUFC fan he would not add any thing to what we have in class, only another option if needed... To be truthful we have limited creativity in the middle at the moment, Laurent Robert is old and not the direct answer we need. However if he is cheap then a contribution to our goal difference my be what were needing. Our longer term vision is to bring in some of our young lads; Lua Lua on the ball will offer questions to opposition with runs on the ball. I do admit he is young and limited experience; however from the few performances he has played he has shown promise in some areas of his game with relatively good technique. He needs a bit more guidance and purpose to his game this would and can solve the issue for cover and introduction to the game. He could be a good player and have a similar part to play as Kieran Dyer was.

sean sturrock: ⏱ 04/12/2009

I think laurent would be a good signing for us. Yes he has past it now but im sure that left foot could still do damage. Jonas is a good player but cant cross the ball. signing the frenchman would be good for the lad teach him how to cross and shoot.

sean sturrock: ⏱ 04/12/2009

I think laurent would be a good signing for us. Yes he has past it now but im sure that left foot could still do damage. Jonas is a good player but cant cross the ball. signing the frenchman would be good for the lad teach him how to cross and shoot.

Mal: ⏱ 04/12/2009

There is no way we should sign him. He's had his time - now he's way past it. I don't think we are even contemplating it to be honest - this is a 'non story'. I'd rather give one of our young players a chance if we were that desperate - which we aren't.

Mal: ⏱ 04/12/2009

There is no way we should sign him. He's had his time - now he's way past it. I don't think we are even contemplating it to be honest - this is a 'non story'. I'd rather give one of our young players a chance if we were that desperate - which we aren't.

Phil: ⏱ 05/12/2009

I have to agree with "The Gallowgate Bedale", Robert scored some cracking goals from long range, but towards the end it was more frustration than anything to watch him. We cannot afford the luxury of having selfish players in the squad at the moment.

Phil: ⏱ 05/12/2009

I have to agree with "The Gallowgate Bedale", Robert scored some cracking goals from long range, but towards the end it was more frustration than anything to watch him. We cannot afford the luxury of having selfish players in the squad at the moment.

ChrisD: ⏱ 05/12/2009

Sign him up. Robert has class in bucket loads. If nothing else just have him do intensive training drills with jonas who knows maybes robert could teach him to cross, but then again i think im asking a bit much there.

ChrisD: ⏱ 05/12/2009

Sign him up. Robert has class in bucket loads. If nothing else just have him do intensive training drills with jonas who knows maybes robert could teach him to cross, but then again i think im asking a bit much there.

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