Sam Allardyce has talked today to Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle and has said that Albert Luque – despite putting in extra training sessions is still not fit enough to figure in the pre-season build-up at Newcastle.
There’s no doubt Albert has shown good character so far with Sam to try to finally make something of his Newcastle career. But it’s still surprising to us he isn’t yet ready.
Albert was married recently and elected not to go on his honeymoon â€“ which shows some dedication to the club and his career.
Sam Allardyce told the Chronicle today:
â€œAlbert is still quite some way off because he missed the Austria trip.â€œWe will now start seeing more of James Milner and Geremi but not Albert. â€œIn Albertâ€™s case, deconditioning players throws their injury risk right up.
â€œWe will monitor his fitness on a daily basis, and the medical team and sports science team come along and override you as a manager in terms of their expertise.
â€œThatâ€™s why you must bring them in and listen to their advice. Otherwise you could throw a player in and they could have a 45% chance of getting injured. â€œSo an injured player just goes backwards, which has been one of Albertâ€™s problems over the last two years.
â€œThat extends back to the first few days of his career here when he severely tore his hamstring.
â€œEven two years on he doesnâ€™t feel like heâ€™s at the level he was in Spain before he arrived. â€œI have to be patient and get him first to the physical level and then the mental level to see if he can adjustâ€
We’re looking forward to seeing Luque somewhere near his best at Newcastle next season. After paying a whopping â‚¤9.5M for Albert to Deportivo – the fans deserve to see something special from Albert. Certainly Albert has the talent â€“ even if he hasn’t yet shown the determination necessary to be successful in the Premiership. We think this is actually a very good move by Sam and his team â€“ and when Albert is ready to play we hope he does well.
Sam might just be the man to bring the very best out of Albert – and certainly to Luque’s credit he seems to be giving it his very best efforts under Sam’s guidance.