31 year-old Claudio Cacapa finally signed for Newcastle late yesterday, as expected, to make it a two day signing for the club with Alan Smith having signed earlier in the day.
The only real concern with Claudio was his fitness since he was out for most of last season with injury.
Cacapa trained all last week at Newcastle and the new Newcastle fitness team have been amazed at just how fit Cacapa is, even though he has practically done no pre-season work.
That’s in sharp contrast to most of the other Newcastle players because Sam has not beenÂ pleased with their level of fitness which he reckons is responsible for many of the injuries they have recieved.
Let’s see why Claudio could be nominated for captain by manager Sam Allardyce.
Claudio Capapa – so pleased to be at Newcastle – is he our next captain?
Cacapa captained Lyon for five seasons and is an experienced and successful footballer whom Gerrad Houllier, his former manager, speaks very highly of in an interviewÂ below.
Since Sam has said his new captain will probably come from outside the club, is Claudio the man to lead Newcastle forward in Allardyce’s new reign at the club? It does look like Cacapa is fit to play and will make his debut some time tomorrow against Sampdoria. A good display then could open the way for Sam to appoint Claudio the club captain before next season’s opener at Bolton.
After signing yesterday this is what Claudio told Newcastle World:
“I’ve been discussing with Newcastle and I’ve really wanted to come here for a long time.Â Â I’ve been in Newcastle since last Sunday and I’ve really realized how big a club it is and I hope I will be as happy here as I was in Lyon.”
“I’ve spoken with Sam Allardyce and I’ve been very impressed and I want to play for him”
“I was at the Juventus match and even though it was only a friendly the fans were fantastic â€“ they were shouting and singing and making lots of noise and I can’t wait to play at St, James’ Park.”
“It’s a massive club with huge potential and I want to be a part of that.Â I want a new challenge in a new country and the Premier league is a very competitive league”
“I’ve got a lot to prove because the fans don’t know me here but I want to show everyone that I am good enough to play for Newcastle United and I’m confident I can do that”
“My first club Athletico Maneiro played in black and white so I’m ready to be wearing the same colors
and I’m hoping it will bring a lot of luck like it did in Brazil.”
In an exclusive interview with the Evening Chronicle earlier this week Gerrard Houllier, his boss at Lyon said :
â€œSam has spoken to me about Cacapa and I have told him that providing they can keep him fit, he will turn out to be a great signing for Newcastle United.â€
â€œYes, we had a bit of a fall-out at Lyon last season, but this was because he had refused to sign a new contract.â€
â€œNow that he is joining Newcastle, they will be getting a very experienced defender which, I understand, is just what Sam is looking for.â€
Claudio also has a French passport, which means there is no problem about him playing in the Premiership. While Cacapa is a Brazilian he still fits the Allardyce type of player because he is a no-nonsense defender who likes to battle.
But just how early another BrazilianÂ will arrive at NewcastleÂ will depend on the injury situation.Â Looks like SamÂ will waitÂ a while longer forÂ Barcelona’sÂ Edmilson. Big SamÂ will wait until theÂ central defender is fit again from his right knee injuryÂ and will now beÂ a potential target in the January transfer window. Good decision by Sam but we still need Edmilson at the club – he’s too good to pass up for the nominal fee he will cost. We expect Sam already has Edmilson ready to join Newcastle in january.
But by thenÂ we think Cacapa will be successfully captaining the club – what do you think?
Let us know – please keep comments civil – thanks.