Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper has talked to the Evening Chronicle today and talked about some of the difficult characters the club had had in the recent past.
Steve Harper – some difficult characters in the past
Steve talked this morning:
“It’s vitally important to have the right sort of players in.”
“It is well documented that we have had our fair share of difficult characters in the past.” “But everybody that has come in now seem to be good lads.”
“And that’s part of what the manager was looking for.”
“With the injuries we’ve picked up, it was important to get in proven players at this level.”
“That’s what we’ve done.”
Harper has been impressed with the new players brought in during quite a successful transfer window.
In particular Steve is impressed by new 6’4″ center-back Mike Williamson, who has been a breath of fresh air since he signed from Portsmouth – not to mention he’s looked a very good player.
“Mike has been excellent and he seems to be a really nice guy.” “He looks the part for us.”
“He’s very positive in the air and he’s got two good feet. So far he’s taken up some good positions and he’s settled straight in.”
“Two clean sheets are testament to that.”
And Steve talked about 19 year-old loan signing Patrick Van Aanholt, signed on loan for a month from Chelsea, and who was man of the Match in his debut on Saturday night.
And Steve is expecting to see more from Dutch U21 International Patrick Van Aanholt.
Steve went on:
“Young Patrick looks a very good player for the future – he came in and made one block and almost scored.”
“He will look even better on a good surface tomorrow night.”
The last time Newcastle were beaten at home was back in May against Fulham, when we lost by the only goal.
And that was following our great 3-1 win over fellow relegation struggler Middlesbrough on the previous Monday night, and it was a surprise result that helped take Newcastle down to the second division of English Football..
“The longer we can stay unbeaten home and away the better.”
“With 19 games left there is a long way to go and there will be many twists and turns, as we’ve seen.”
“We are not going to win every game and there plenty more battles ahead. We have to make sure we’re up for it.”
“It’s good now – we have players who want to be here.”
“We’ve got Shola Ameobi and Danny Simpson due back tomorrow and Joey Barton champing at the bit.”
OK so who were the difficult characters we had at the club last season?
We have to think Oba Martins and Michael Owen (who’s he?) were two of them – who else do you think didn’t help in the dressing room last season?
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