Last Saturday, Match of the Day viewers in the UK were reminded that Newcastle United have spent more than Â£30M on centre backs in less than 10 years â€“ and some of them â€“ like Boumsong and Marcelino, who together cost around Â£15M have been useless, and thatâ€™s a word we use with great care.
David Rozehnal on the other hand looks a strong center-back, with a wonderful attitude, who has thrown himself into the Newcastle cause, and the city, since his summer arrival for just Â£2.9M from Paris St-Germain. Heâ€™s been a great signing for Newcastle, and heâ€™s only going to get better, once he gets more experience of the Premiership.
David Rozehnal – will only get better at Newcastle
As David did in the French capital for two years, he now spends his afternoons with wife Petra, wandering the streets, museums and attractions of Newcastle. They usually walk from their home, which was chosen for its proximity to a thriving city centre.
David said today:
â€œI’ve noticed three things, First, it is a fantastic city and we feel at home here. Second, when the people recognise you, they are friendly and happy to see you.”
“I can enjoy walking around and they always respect my family. And it’s easy for me â€” it’s not like I am Michael Owen or Nicky Butt.â€ ‘The third thing is they really don’t care about the cold. Some guys walk round in T-shirts, no matter what the weather. It’s crazy but I like it.â€
And while his Czech mate and former Newcastle favorite Pavel Srnicek may have won the Newcastle fans obver, Rozehnal has gone a step further â€“ his first son Luka, was born a Geordie a month ago.
â€œMy wife and I wanted to stay together when he was born,â€ â€œIf she had gone to our home city, I wouldn’t have seen them for weeks.â€ â€œWe knew they would be looked after well in Newcastle and they are both very healthy.”
“It is important as a footballer that your private life is settled and Sam Allardyce and the club have done a lot to make sure all the new players are happy.â€
Rozehnal is really entering a whole new world at Newcastle
â€œIn Paris, I had to organize things myself but here, everything we need is at the training ground.â€ â€œNow it is up to us to perform.â€
David is settled at home now, but the Czech Republic international with 37 caps and 5 goals. But Rozy has found it harder keeping his place in the Newcastle back four. David has been very unlucky to be left out of the side since the Manchester City debacle, but it looks like he will now keep Cacapa out for today’s derby game at Sunderland, where Newcastle will try to keep a 27- year unbeaten record on Wearside.
Rozehnal went on:
â€œI did not come here to be on the bench but I can’t disagree with the manager’s decision. I have to show, in training or when I play that I’m the best and I want to play for him.â€
â€œI have never played at this level so regularly before and it is still a challenge. Every single week you know that you will play against a very good striker.â€
â€œThere are some big names out there but even if they are not big stars, they will be strong and dangerous and it’s a real test, but that is why I came here. Those are players I enjoy playing against.â€
We’ve found out that David has a great attitude, and just loves playing for the club and seems to just love the Newcastle city. We think he’ll turn out to be one of Sam’s best ever buys – and he’ll have a huge test tomorrow at the Satdium of Light. But we expect the 6′ 3″ Chech defender to take it in his stride.