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SAM ALLARDYCE has revealed how Senegal international star Abdoulaye Faye has given him a welcome selection headache in his back four.


United’s defence certainly needed a kick up the backside after the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City, and Big Sam gave them one when he axed Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal.


The Toon pair made way for Faye and Brazilian rock Cacapa, who duly handed their manager a big decision for the next game against Tottenham Hotspur on October 22.


It could be that Allardyce sticks with the partnership of Faye and Cacapa, although both Taylor and Rozehnal will have something to say about that.


But Allardyce says he was particularly impressed by the African’s performance, which also earned rave reviews from Toon fans and pundits alike.


He told the Chronicle: “Abdoulaye Faye’s here for his aerial dominance.


“Even though we’ve had a terrific start, on occasions that’s slightly been missing from our defensive unit.


“You saw his dominance in that particular area against Everton in our last game and how important it was when Tim Howard was kicking a number of balls up the middle.


“He was firing them over their midfield and into defence but Abdoulaye coped excellently.


“Then we could go and play from there.


“It’s a terrific asset to have for us and one that shone out.”


Faye played for Bolton at centre-half for much of last season and made it clear he wanted to rejoin Allardyce during the summer once United had made an approach for him. Big Sam originally signed Faye from Lens for £750,000 in the summer of 2005, and he paid a further £2m to take him to St James’s Park.


His country Senegal – who have already qualified for the African Nations Cup in Ghana early next year – have a friendly against Guinea on Sunday.


The player will be missing for a large chunk of the season in January, along with Geremi and Oba Martins, when the African players head to Ghana for the African Cup of Nations.


But Faye has admitted he is happy to be on Tyneside.


He said: "I was happy to get the chance to work with the manager again. I hope that he can bring success to Newcastle this season. And I will play anywhere he wants me to play."

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hahaha bring back kev scott!! when was the last time newcastle defence and rock were used in same sentence, apart from ' newcastles bramble has the ability of a moss covered rock'

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