We always thought that Claudio CaÃ§apa may have been Samâ€™s best signing in the summer. And his performances up to the Portsmouth confirmed that he was a class defender who read the game so well, everything seemed so easy for him.
Claudio Cacapa – ready to come back to Newcastle’s defense – good
But then came the Portsmouth game where Cacapa made a couple of bad mistakes within the first 10 minutes and that saw us 3-0 down within 11 minutes. After 16 minutes Cacapa was hauled off and went straight down the tunnel. It was ignominious to say the least for Claudio, but he’s big enough to come back from that – we know that’s true.
Allardyce told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œEverybody knows what happened against Portsmouth last month, but what I have to say is that everybody can have an off day.â€Â â€œClaudio made a couple of mistakes in the space of five minutes and thatâ€™s why I brought him off.â€
â€œHe wasnâ€™t 100% fit but he wanted to play and, looking back, perhaps that wasnâ€™t the best decision he has made.â€Â â€œBut before Portsmouth I also have to say that Claudio had been superb for us and we have missed his experience and guile.â€
â€œItâ€™s too early to start and talk about our team for Fulham, but we have to stop conceding silly goals.â€
We did suspect that Claudio was not fully fit that game, as he was hustled by the Portsmouth players and he fell down at least once. Weâ€™re pleased in a way he was injured but yes, he should never have played in that game.
But we suspect that Claudio thought he could hide the injury, but learned that day you cannot do that in the Premier League. It may be possible in the French league and other European leagues, but not here in England. We are looking forward to Claudio coming back into the team, because he will add some calmness and stature at the back. We think heâ€™ll be a lot better for that experience, once he does return.
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