Sam Allardyce has been talking about our new Brazilian center-back Claudio Cacapa, whom by all accounts in the game against Newcastle Blue Star last week looked calm, cool and classy.
We do expect Cacapa to be introduced into the center of the Newcastle defense some time soon â€“ and maybe Sam will think of playing Steven Taylor at right-back in place of Stephen Carr, who struggled for pace in the first half against Aston Villa last Saturday.
Brazilian Claudio Cacapa – Sam says he’s soon to be the Rock of Newcastle’s defense
At some point we also expect Sam to bring in our Spanish left back Jose Enrique, who we signed from Villareal a few weeks ago.
Here’s what Sam told Alan Oliver, of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today, when asked initially whether Claudio would be adept at turning defense into attack:
â€œI didnâ€™t buy him for that!â€â€œI bought him for the experience and the rock that he is at the back. His passing and control is an extra bonus.â€
â€œHis defending against Blue Star was superb, and thatâ€™s what heâ€™s for.â€
â€œHeâ€™s a destroyer â€“ not a creator.Â Any defender who tells you heâ€™s a creator isnâ€™t telling you the truth.â€
â€œDefenders are only there to destroy the oppositionâ€™s attack.â€
Cacapa was signed on a free transfer this month after six seasons at Olympique Lyonnais, all of which saw him play Champions League football and captain the side to 6 French Championships. We think he’ll become the cornerstone of Newcastle’s defense this season and may well get his first start at the Riverside on Sunday since both Steven Taylor and David Rozehnal are on international duty tomorrow.
A surprise from the Chronicle’s Alan Oliver who says that once Abdoulaye Faye is signed he thinks that will be the end of Sam’s transfer dealings in this window. But we find that a little hard to believe. Surely we need a right-back to come in and there seems consistent reports about us after Brazilian right-back Juliano Belletti of Barcelona.
If Sam doesn’t sign Belletti we can only assume he will be playing Steven Taylor or Geremi in the right back spot, once Joey Barton is fit again. The other news is that Newcastle have decided they will wait until the January window before they bring Brazilian Edmilson to Newcastle from Barcelona â€“ we think that’s true and a good move for us. We’ll have a very very strong defense by January 😀
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