Alan Pardew has said today that word of mouth is good on Newcastle at the moment in France.
Romain Amalfitano – will take time to settle in
And that’s hardly surprising, after the way Newcastle performed in the Premier League last season, and finally finished 5th top – the highest position since 2004.
And we had top Frenchman like Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa helping us out, so we can just imagine how complimentary the reports on Newcastle were last season across the English Channel.
Alan Pardew has today talked about Newcastle’s only acquisition so far this summer – Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano – who came in on a free transfer from Reims – much like Mehdi Abeid did last year at this time from Lens.
The Newcastle manager thinks it will take Romain some time to return to his top form for Newcastle, in his new environment on Tyneside:
“Romain’s a player who’s been off the radar for a while, and it’s going to take him some time to get back to his very, very best.”
“But he’s coming into a great environment, and he’ll settle very quickly.” “That’s the beauty of the French market.”
“Word of mouth’s very good, and there’s a lot of contact from players wanting to come to this club.” “He plays across the midfield, a bit like Sylvain Marveaux.”
“That arms me for the Europa League – I can bring players in and out.”
Amalfitano has spent the last two seasons at second division club Stade Reims, where he played 66 times with 10 goals, after joining them from Evian TG in the summer of 2010.
As with our other French players at the club, Romain is a technically-gifted player, and we think this lad can improve quickly on Tyneside, once he gets used to his new surroundings.