Under Alan Pardew Newcastle started to have various days each week where they celebrate the countries of some of their players at the Benton Training ground, and yesterday was French Day – and with so many French players in the squad, there will be many more French days at Newcastle in the future.
Sammy Ameobi tweeted this shot of the Newcastle cafeteria yesterday
Is that Cabaye looking at the menu?
Newcastle brought in five new French players in January, and three of them were full French Internationals, such was their quality.
At the end of this very successful transfer window for Newcastle – this is what Alan Pardew told the press today:
“I think the most important thing for us is to secure our status and when you look at the squad in the summer, you will think it looks healthy.” “The problem we’ve had here is an unhealthy squad in terms of the capping we’ve had. Too many injures, not enough numbers. But the numbers are much better now.”
“It’s important to understand the culture and when you have such a big percentage of your squad from one nation.”“We actually had the French versus the rest of the world, which was an interesting game. They got Les Miserables today. But they looked a little bit tired from the other night, they will want a bit of revenge.”
“It’s important they integrate (them) into the club very quickly. Nothing integrates better than a win, trust me.” “The chef is just showing off really, we’ve had scallops and everything! If we have dodgy bellies tomorrow he’s going to get it!” “No, it’s important to understand the culture and when you have such a big percentage of your squad – 41 per cent – French.”
It seems like the French players were hammered 5-0 yesterday in that game against the Rest of the World, and they laid on French food and had the cafeteria draped with French flags on French day.
Note to the Newcastle chef – Bastille Day is July 14th.
And the only real surprise in the transfer window happened yesterday when top-rated Kevin Mbabu was signed form Swiss club Servette – and he isn’t French.
There have been criticisms in some quarters that we have too many French players – but when they are as good as some of the players we have – and they are completely committed to Newcastle United – we’ll take the criticism – they’re all very welcome at Newcastle United.
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