David Rozehnal finally signed for Newcastle this afternoon and officially becomes the 3rd player brought in by Sam Allardyce. He will cost Newcastle an initial Â£2.9M, with a further Â£200,000 to be paid depending on appearances.
But even before he signed he was talking yesterday as though he was already a Newcastle player. He is also down to earth as he talks about hoping to make the starting line-up. Since we will have Taylor, Rozehnal and potentially Edmislon (and others?) fighting for two center-back spots – it doesn’t sound as strange as it first appears. Hopefully it also shows the strength of squad Sam is building for next season.
This is what Rozehnal told premierleague.cz today:
“It can happen [that the defense will not work perfectly from the start], but I believe it will not happen,” “I believe that the manager will prepare the defense in the way that will work as well as possible and that we will occupy the top places.
I want to prove myself as I did in previous spells, and to get into the starting line-up.
I am looking forward to the start of the season. It will be something new, a different and more quality competition and the stadiums will be full of fans – that will be wonderful.”
It looks like Rozehnal is already aware of Joey Barton’s reputation after his training ground bust-up with Ousmane Dabo at Eastlands late last season. David went on:
“What happened there certainly is not a part of football, on the other hand Barton is a great footballer,”
“For sure, I will not get into any fight with him!”
Ousmane Dabo after Barton Altercation
We certainly hope Barton has left his old ways behind â€“ Sam Allardyce and the fans will not put up with any of this nonsense from Barton at Newcastle.
On a brighter note – Rozehnal has now signed for the club – after a few days undepected delay. That’s good – so who’s next in the door?