You cannot accuse Newcastle or their fans of not embracing the French players who have come to Newcastle, and before the game against Southampton – which was France Day – the club played the French national anthem – La Marseillaise – to make the lads feel more at home.
Alan Pardew and John Carver in the dug-out
And you have to admit that since out five new French players arrived on Tyneside, the quality of our play has been so much higher with three of the five new players – Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran all being starts in the first team.
This is what Assistant Manager John Carver told the Shields Gazette today:
“Everybody was concerned about the amount of French players we had here – but what they have is a winning mentality.” “They have a hard working mentality, and that’s half the battle.”
“I was just talking to Hatem the other day, and he told me he’s really excited about the opportunity of playing with these lads – who are so talented – once he’s fully fit.”
“They aren’t just talented – they work hard, and they have a good team ethic.” “That will have a good effect on everybody else, especially Hatem. So I think the fans have taken to it very well.”
“I was surprised to hear the French national anthem, but it’s a catchy tune, so I think everybody’s getting into the spirit of it.” “It has certainly been a big boost for us.” The club also has themed-days at the training ground to make its players feel welcome.”
“We had the French day, and everybody embraced it which was really good.” “There was a little bit of fun. It certainly gave the French lads a boost.” “It’s difficult coming into a different country.”
We’ve been pleasantly impressed with how good our French players have been on and off the playing field, and they seem to have quickly and fully embraced Newcastle and its great history.
And if Newcastle do go after some additional french players they will probably have very little difficulty in convincing them to come to Newcastle, since the press Newcastle are receiving across the English Channel is just excellent.
Howay The Lads!! or maybe that should be – Allez les Lads!!
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