Claudio Cacapa has played really well for Newcastle since he was signed on a free transfer in the summer from Lyon, and he was delighted to score his first goal for the club on Monday night.
Claudio has stacks of experience in the European Champions League and it really does show.
He certainly looks the real thing for Newcastle at the back.
Claudio Cacapa – looks the real deal at the back for Newcastle
In an exclusive interview with The Evening Chronicle today, the 31-year-old defender said he was just so delighted with his goal and thinks his move to Newcastle has been a great move for him:
â€œI scored around seven League goals for Lyon in my seven seasons with them, but none of them gave me as much pleasure as that one on Monday night, and I really do feel that I can get more.â€
â€œIt was a fantastic feeling and such an important goal for us and, as my agent says, I really am on cloud nine at the moment.â€ â€œThis has been a great move for me and I could hardly be happier at the way things are going.â€
â€œMost of my goals with Lyon came from headers from set-pieces, and this is part of the game which our manager Sam Allardyce feels we can cash in on.â€
â€œWe have some wonderful dead-ball kickers like Emre, Charles Nâ€™Zogbia and Geremi, and both Abdoulaye Faye and myself feel we can knock in a few goals this season.â€
â€œAs it happens, Abdoulaye hit the post with a header in the first half on Monday night, but I was lucky that my effort went in and I am sure I can improve on my scoring record with Lyon here at Newcastle.â€
We think Big Samâ€™s signing of Cacapa could turn out to be one of his very best for Newcastle. Claudio has vast experience in the Champions league and looks full of class at the heart of the Newcastle defense. Like most players Sam brings in, he seems very mature and down to earth, but is also apparently very unassuming.
As Sam said earlier in the week, Claudio has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water, simply because he seems to have all the credentials to be a real star in this league. Cacapa has settled at Newcastle quickly with his wife and young baby. It is to the credit of Sam and his staff that all 9 players brought in during the summer are producing so quickly for the club. They really seem to know what needs to be done to get the players settled in and happy, so they can then concentrate on the job at hand. Cacapa is on just a two-year contract but Newcastle has the option of a third season â€“ which seems to be such an obvious option, if Cacapa continues his great form for the Magpies.