Rozehnal Is Key Player in Newcastle’s Future


David Rozehnal is going to be a very important player for Newcastle United this season and the £2.9M signing from PSG has looked good in all the games he has played so far for Newcastle.

He talked after the game on Saturday with Newcastle World TV and said some interesting things.

Let’s take a look at what David said.

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David Rozehnal – great signing by Sam for £2.9M

David talked to Newcastle World TV first about his debut at Bolton on Saturday:

“It was a physical test against a strong team but I thought we defended well as team,”

“Every game that I and Steven play together it’s getting better and better and it is working.”

“I accept that the Premiership will be physically hard and there is a lot to get used to, for example kicking-off at 3pm on a Saturday is even unusual for me, but I’m really enjoying it.”

“It was a great start to the season for us and the first-half was unbelievable.”

“We came to get three points and we’re delighted to have done that.”

While we thought Steven Taylor had another strong game he has a bad habit of rushing into tackles in the penalty area and before long he’s going to give away a penalty. That was noted by the commentators on Saturday. Steven needs to calm down a little, especially in and around the area. To be fair to Steven we know he’s still learning and both David and Steven played very well in the second half to seal the 3 points.

Rozehnal went on:

“If we do our job at the back then our strikers will score,”

“Oba’s first goal was fantastic and when you are in defense it is great to have players in the team you know can score goals like that.”

The Czech International himself came close to opening the scoring after just failing to get on the end of Charles N’Zogbia’s superb free-kick which eventually nestled in Jussi Jaaskelainen’s bottom corner. It was Rozehnal’s challenge that seemed to put the goalkeeper off, and allow the ball to go across him into the net.

David went on:

“I think it was really close but it was Charles’ goal,”

“It was a brilliant free-kick and it was difficult for the goalkeeper because he expected someone to get a touch on it.”

“Of course I would have liked to score on my debut but I’m just happy it went in and we got the three points.”

We think Rozehnal has looked classy for Newcastle, and we know he’s still adjusting to football in England. But he certainly seems to have the skill, character and determination to be a stalwart for Newcastle for many years to come. We certainly hope so. Oh, and one last thing – what a great guy to boot!

Comments welcome.



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10 comments so far

  • bobby

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #1

    too early to say! he has only played once.

    signs look promising though.

    it seems to be the way we work.(us toon fans). we see something promising and we get carried away with it and start making predictions about what the future holds.

    we done the same with parker. just wait and see what the future holds.

    he has to prove over a number of games that he will be a main stay of our defence

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  • Dave

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    He looked good last season too Bobby – that’s why we bought him 🙂

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  • Steven

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    I prefer to judge them on their current performances rather than their future potential.

    Look where judging players on future potential got us with Jenas, Dyer, Ameobi etc 😛

    So yeah.. Rozehnal looks good 🙂

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  • adam

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #4

    looks rozey

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  • Soren

    Aug 14, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    He does look very solid. His first premiership game was good, has to be a bit more physical, but I think he will manage just fine.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Rozey played a great game on Saturday. Didnt miss a header, or a tackle and looked very much in control. Taylor needs to take a step back, once we get our new partner for Rozey and learn from what he has been through. Taylor has the makings of being an accomplished player for us, but he still has a lot to learn. He just needs the chance to learn, which no doubt BSA will show him.

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  • TOON1

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Phil thompson said on skysports news when doing the commetry that taylor and rozer looks a real good partnership ,which we havent heard for a long time about a newcastle defence.So just need a few more additions to the squad ,and i can see a good season!!

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  • Chappa

    Aug 14, 2007 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #8

    looks quite strong and stable at the back.i think a few more premiership outings and he will only get better.few minor hickups but that can soon be sorted.
    good signing..!

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  • rich

    Aug 14, 2007 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #9

    he looks good, but im still a bit concerned about his initial comment when he signed for us when he said we will be a good ‘stepping stone’ for his career….

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  • StevieA

    Aug 14, 2007 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #10

    He has always wanted to play in spain and I think that is what he meant by a good ‘stepping stone’ probably wants to play for Barca or Real Madrid at some point. That’s fair enough he’s still young.

    He might change his mind if we do well who knows.

    He looked the part to me. Sam said he is not concerned with his positioning or his mentality one bit, his only slight concern is his strength against the bigger forwards. This is something you can work on though – weight training.

    I don’t see it being a problem. Look at how much stronger Owen is now compared to last season!

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