One of the things we’ve noticed about the Frenchmen that have been arriving at Newcastle over the last two or three years, is that not only that they are simply excellent technical players – but they are also first class professionals.
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And the five lads who came in last month have already shown they can get the job done for Newcastle, and in the last three games Debuchy, Sissoko and Gouffran have played in they have played really well.
And when you consider they are settling into a new country and don’t speak the language yet – it’s been even more amazing and is a measure of their great professionalism – and also their desire to do well at Newcastle.
Tim Krul yesterday rightly lauded our new Frenchmen:
“They have been fantastic. Normally you see with new players, they take a bit of time to settle. But these lads, from the moment they walked into the club, they have been great for us.” “We have had, of course, a team meeting and we know everything about the players now, but before, I didn’t know much.”
“It’s not ideal for them, but on the other and, it can work well. They will obviously be very fresh and very motivated for this game, and that can hide a number of sins.” “They have a large influx of South American players, who give the team a real characteristic of technique, and that’s probably what we are going to have to come up against.”
“They are very good at keeping the ball and keeping it away from us, and will probably take our tempo out of the game.” “That’s their strength, and on the break, they are fast, so we need to be on our guard. As Juventus proved on Tuesday night at Celtic, you have to be very clever in how you attack.”
It could be a tricky game tonight because Metalist keep the ball well, and that could tend to frustrate Newcastle, but we have to be patient – and also try to keep a clean sheet so we put ourselves in a good position to get through in the return leg next Thursday night.
And there’s bound to be a number of our new Frenchmen playing tonight, with Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko starting – and maybe we’ll see 20 year-old left back Massadio Haidara for the first time too, either starting the game or coming on as a substitute.
Massadio is very highly rated, and Newcastle don’t pay out £2M for any youngster, unless he’s top notch.
Howay The Lads!!
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