Claudio Cacapa is an extremely accomplished football player.
That is probably a huge understatement as Newcastle fans start to realize just what a class act Big Sam has brought into the club.
Brazilian Claudio arrived at Newcastle United in the summer after a full six years at Olympique Lyonnais, where he collected five league titles and was the captain of the French club.
Claudio Cacapa – scoring Newcastle’s 2nd goal with a bullet header from Geremi corner
The 31-year-old no nonsense center-back has already put his experience to good use in the Premier League and the Newcastle side looks so much more solid when he is playing at the back. This lad could turn out to be one of Samâ€™s best signings ever â€“ and thatâ€™s saying something.
Sam talked to Miles Starforth yesterday of the Shields Gazette about a player he obviously has the very highest regard for both as a player and person:
“Cacapa has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water,” “You can’t beat experience and a player like him from Brazil, who has played across the world of football in the his lifetime is fantastic.â€
“He’s just breezed into the Premiership like he’s never been anywhere else, and that comes out of experience and it comes from being a very intelligent footballer.â€
“This man knows where to stand and knows how to stand there before anyone else on the park.â€ “In fact, he can work his way into positions that other people have to run into. That’s how far ahead he thinks.â€
“He never leaves himself exposed because he’s always in the right starting position. That’s why he looks so comfortable, and I’m so pleased to have him here.”
We knew Cacapaâ€™s contract at the Stade Gerland was up this summer â€“ and we had aÂ story on him on June 3rdÂ indicating he was available along with two other players who looked useful. But Cacapa was largely an unknown quantity in England when he arrived, despite his extensive experience in the Champions League.
“Everyone was like they always are outside of the club you’re at â€“ I used to get the same thing at Bolton.â€
“This time when we signed Cacapa, it was Claudio who? That’s born out of the ignorance of this country. This lad has had five years at Lyon and they were five years where he was captain and they won the title.â€
“To go with it, that’s five years of Champions League football. It just shows the quality of the player that he is.â€
“We were the first to get in there with one of our scouts. We brought up the situation and I knew a little bit about him myself.â€
“We did a bit of checking, invited him over and he flew past every test we put in front of him. He could be a terrific boost this season.â€
“We captured him on a free transfer because he didn’t want to stay at Lyon any longer due to his will to have a new challenge in the Premier League.”
Claudio is already showing what a top class acquisition he is, and it will serve players like Steven Taylor well to have the likes of Claudio working with him every day. We think Steven knows already he will only become better more quickly with the likes of Claudio around to help him with his game.
It was also nice to have Claudio score last night too â€“ some bullet header wasnâ€™t it!