Wesley Ngo Baheng, whose Newcastle United career was struck short, insists he'd be top player without injury trouble

The Frenchman has been talking about his time at Newcastle United.

In 2007 Newcastle United snapped up talented French forward Wesley Ngo Baheng from Le Havre.

The youngster was highly rated at the club and had his eyes set on a place in the Newcastle first-team in the future.

Unfortunately his time with Newcastle was heavily impacted bu a serious injury. He suffered a terrible cruciate knee ligament injury - ruling him out of action for 18 months.

After three years with The Toon he left in 2010. Spells with Aldershot Town and Hereford United followed but his injuries had taken their toll. He returned to France in 2011 where he is currently playing for hometown team Blanc-Mesnil.

Speaking to the official Newcastle United website this week he made it clear that he feels, without his injury, he would have become a top star at the club:

"I remember everything from the day I signed to the day I left; it was a dream came true. Newcastle United is a massive Club and you can feel it as soon as you enter the training ground.

"I deeply think that without my long-term injury, I would be a top player by now.

"But I loved my time at the Club. It has been very hard to move on because it was more than a football club to me - it was a family."

His story is all too familiar in the world of football. For every big name that has fallen away from stardom because of injury there are plenty of others who never even got the chance to make an impact before injuries.

Baheng is one of those players who might have made it in the game but nobody will ever know.

Newcastle United fans will however be pleased to hear he is happy in his post Tyneside life.

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