Laurent Robert Impressed With French Players At Newcastle


Former France international Laurent Robert has talked today about the new Newcastle side, who have a number of French players in their ranks.

Laurent Robert – while at Newcastle

Laurent played for Newcastle 129 times from 2001 through 2006, with 30 goals, and from 2005 through 2006, was on loan at Portsmouth.

Laurent was signed from Montpellier when Bobby Robson was unable to get first choice, Dutch winger Boudewijn Zenden from Barcelona, who signed for Chelsea in 2001.

This is what 36 year-old Laurent told the BBC today from his home in Clairefontaine:

“I played for four years at Newcastle and it was the best time of my career,”  “When I played, I had Sylvain Distin and Olivier Bernard.”

“We had three French players and the communication was very important.”

Robert has been pleased and rather impressed with the way in which the French players have settled in quickly at Newcastle this season, and made an almost instant impact:

“I saw Yohan Cabaye two weeks ago when he came to play for the national team. I spoke to him and he really likes it at Newcastle. He knows the fans like him.”

“Ben Arfa’s a player who likes to win. Newcastle was the best thing that could have happened.”  “He’s now confident, has a good relationship with his manager, and it’s great for the player.”

“I don’t believe the standard of their play will drop in the winter,” “The weather and cold doesn’t matter. In Lille the winter weather is just like it is in Newcastle!”

That last line there was in response to a question about whether the Frenchmen at Newcastle will be able to maintain their good form, over the cold English winters, and the freezing Newcastle winters.

But France isn’t exactly like Miami in the winter either.

WE suppose they can always wear gloves, which Laurent did when it got cold, which reminds me that Bobby Robson at the time tried to dissuade the Frenchman from wearing the gloves,  because it just wasn’t done.

They are now used a lot more these days, of course, even by English players.

Players must have been tougher in the old days, because  some players just wouldn’t be seen dead wearing gloves on the field of play. 😀

Comments welcome.


7 comments so far

  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 17, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Miss this guy.

    If Benny can get the crowd half as excited as Roberts left foot – and he really only had one foot – then he’ll have been an overwhelming success.

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  • toonLYF

    Nov 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Laurent was absolutely tremendous, had flashes of Arfa and Cabaye in him, and those two goals he scored against Spurs, genius, fantastic player

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  • TS -77

    Nov 17, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Actually think he was signed frpm PSG.. but what a player he could be, when on form..

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  • Arfurglassful

    Nov 17, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #4

    ToonDownSouth says:
    “If Benny can get the crowd half as excited as Roberts left foot – and he really only had one foot”

    Thats why we all called him Hopalong 🙂

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  • Rozzy

    Nov 17, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Laurant Robert was signed from PSG not from Montpellier . Think it was for £9.5m

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  • Beasty

    Nov 17, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes Robert was fantastic for us. Not as pleasing on the eye as Ginola but a far higher goals and assists ratio I believe. And he’s right, Newcastle isn’t really that cold in the winter relative to much of Europe. The same breezes which keep it cool in summer keep it mild in winter.

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  • acuna

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #7

    right i’m gonna go for 1-1 at the weekend. 0-0 at half time newcastle to nick a goal from a corner (S Taylor) after the break and made to withstand constant pressure where they will ultimately be breached.at 5 o’clock we will still be unbeaten.

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