Romain Amalfitano became the first player announced by Newcastle United to be joining the club this summer.
Romain Amalfitano – will take time to settle in on Tyneside
And it turns out that Newcastle have been watching the player over the last two years, so here’s a lad who has been plucked out of the French second division, and joining 5th placed Newcastle in the Premier League – but he looks a good player.
Former Newcastle left back Olivier Bernard knows Romain, and has talked to the local press about him today, and he certainly thinks Romain can become a very good player on Tyneside:
“I know Amalfitano well and he is a real talent. He’s raw, but there is an awful lot of ability there so I’m glad Newcastle have signed him.”
“My hope is that he can be as good as Cabaye and I believe he has a chance of doing that because he is similar in terms of his style of play.” “He is a great passer of the ball, very skilful, clever and likes to join in with the attack.”
“But I believe that won’t happen right away because he will need time to settle into his new surroundings, and what is a big step up to the English Premier League from the French Second Division.”
“If the fans show some patience then I’m confident he can be as good as Cabaye. It just might not happen right away.”
If this lad turns out to be anything like Yohan Cabaye he will be a great signing for Newcastle United.
Amalfitano can play in central midfield or out on the right, and we suppose at a pinch he could also play on the left wing, so he seems like a good acquisition for the club.
Newcastle are very good at the way they now handle new players coming in, and it will be much easier for Romain, with so many Frenchmen already at the club.
Certainly he looks good in video, and it must be an exciting time for the youngster, and here is a YouTube of the lad playing – and scoring some goals too.
And we have a sneaking suspicion that Newcastle may have tied up the signing of another Frenchman – Yohan Cabaye’s big pal, Mathieu Debuchy of Lille – and that would be another great signing for Newcastle.
Here’s hoping. 😀