Habib Beye

Name:
Habib Beye
Nationality:
Senegalese
Date of Birth:
19/10/1977
Height:
6' 0" (182cm)
Weight:
12st 6lbs (79.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Doncaster Rovers, Doncaster Rovers (loan), Newcastle, Marseille, Strasbourg
Position:
Defender
Beye


Experienced Habib Beye will be another player keen on impressing boss Alex McLeish during the 2011-12 campaign.

This desire to put in the hard yards on the training ground follows a season to forget for the jovial right-back.

He played in both legs of the Europa League clash against Rapid Vienna and also started in the 2-1 League Cup win over Burnley.

But, other than that, his appearances were limited to fleeting cameos off the bench.

He'll be hoping 2011-12 is better, as he looks to see off the likes of Luke Young and Carlos Cuellar for the right-back spot.

Beye joined Villa from Newcastle United in August 2009, to bolster the club's defensive options.

He looked to have made the right-back spot his own in the opening weeks, starting the first three Premier League matches as well as both legs of the Europa League play-off against Rapid Vienna.

But his opportunities were limited when Cuellar nailed down the spot on the right of Villa's defence.

However, the Senegalese international was selected in the matchday squad for most games.

He got his chance to shine in FA Cup wins over Blackburn Rovers and Brighton, as well as a Carling Cup victory over Cardiff City.

Beye has a wealth of experience from his long stint in French football.

After finding opportunities limited at Paris St-Germain, his career took off when he moved to RC Strasbourg in 1998.

His consistent displays during a five-year spell there caught the attention of French giants Olympique Marseille, who soon snapped him up.

In 2004, Beye featured alongside the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Fabien Barthez and Didier Drogba as Marseille reached the UEFA Cup final, where they were eventually beaten by Valencia.

Following his move to Tyneside in 2007, Beye became a cult hero, although he was unable to prevent the Magpies being relegated in 2008-09.

Beye won 35 caps for Senegal and represented them in the 2002 World Cup.


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