Writer: Ryan Kalisz
Date:Tuesday March 22 2011
Reports suggest that Wigan Athletic have been receiving interest from multipul clubs about Charles N`Zogbia, and one of those clubs is Stoke City.
The fast French winger has also attracted the likes of Blackburn Rovers, Newcastle United, Sunderland, and even Liverpool.
N`Zogbia, who has played consistently well all season despite the club`s position at the foot of the table, is keen to leave the DW Stadium at the end of the season.
Having previously played for Newcastle, bookies have N`zogbia down to move back to the Toon. However bitter local rivals Sunderland also lead the chase for the 24-year-old. But Tony Pulis is reported to be keen about signing the player in support of Mathew Etherington on the left wing.
Charles N`Zogbia started his professional career at Newcastle United, making a total of 118 appearances and scoring 9 goals. He was one of the last signings made by the late and great Sir Bobby Robson.
When the legendary manager spoke of N`Zogbia, he said: "N'Zogbia could go to the very top with the right coaching and motivation, and I hope it is with Newcastle. I signed him as a teenager and he was one of the most naturally gifted players of that age I'd ever seen."
In the 08/09 season, following a 2-1 away loss to Manchester City in January, Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear angered N'Zogbia by accidentally mispronouncing his name as 'insomnia' in an post-match interview. N'Zogbia then issued a statement in which he announced that he would not play for the club while Kinnear was manager. This prompted his transfer to Wigan for a reported fee of £6million at the end of transfer window that same month.
Since joining the Latics, N`Zogbia has made 72 appearances scoring 10 goals, but now is becoming unsettled by Wigan`s league position. Will Stoke City be his next destination?
In my opinion Charles seems a bright player who can interject some pace and creativity to set up the strikers. He`s at a ripe age for a footballer however still has some learning to do, but it would be great for the team to add to the youthful investments. So long as we don`t call him lazy I think he would enjoy playing for Stoke.
Date:Tuesday March 22 2011
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