Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has talked today how the staff at Newcastle have a job to do to ensure our new players, especially the new ones to this country, Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote, get settled in as quickly as possible on Tyneside.
Cheick Tiote – hasn’t been seen in Newcastle
Chrsi talked about those challenges today:
“It is down to the individual how long it takes them to settle because everyone is different, but it is also up to us, the staff and players, to do everything we can to get them settled as quickly as possible.”
“It can be difficult for some players coming in to a different sort of working environment in a different country and some do struggle. At the moment, we don’t know how long it is going to take for Tiote and Ben Arfa to adapt to English football.”
“Some players pretty much get it straight away, but more often than not there is a settling-in period. It could be months until we see the best of them, it might only be a few weeks.”
“But the sooner we can get them settled and up to speed, the better for us as a football club because they are two very good players.”
Cheick Tiote has hardly been seen on Tyneside, since he waited for his work permit and then went off to represent his country, the Ivory Coast, during the International break.
Cheick is unlikely to be involved against Blackpool next weekend, although as we found out yesterday Hatem Ben Arfa has been training all week with his new team mates, and seems to be enjoying things on Tyneside.
We have to believe our senior players like Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith have already talked to the player and been out with him, to ensure he gets fully enmeshed into the team spirit that is so great at the Newcastle club under Chris Hughton.
“They have got to get used to the style of football we play and the way we do things as a club. From what I’ve seen they are both willing to learn and that makes it a lot easier for everyone.”
“We’ve got to make them feel part of the group, that is down to us. If they feel happy and settled, they will find it easier to pick up the way we play football.”
“It’s not an easy thing for anyone to do and you don’t have this problem when you sign English players, and sometimes you can take that for granted, but we feel they are going to have a positive impact on the squad.”
“We were looking at both of them for a very long time and I hope we can get them up and running as soon as possible, because they are definitely going to add something.”
Those are good words from Chris Hughton and give some insight into just why his players seems to admire him so much, and certainly have great respect for him.
Chris continues to make the move from top coach to manager, and he so far has done very well this season, but it’s only 3 games into the season of course.
But there’s certainly a feel-good atmosphere about his Newcastle team at the moment.