Local lad Steven Taylor is one Newcastle player who has immediately bought into the fact that Newcastle have a lot of Frenchmen in the squad, so much so that he is trying to learn French – and will get a lot of help from the 10 Frenchmen who are currently in the Newcastle squad.
Papiss Cisse and Steven Taylor on Thursday night – celebrating
And he is talking to his new center-back partner Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa a lot in training as they are forging a decent partnership at the back.
This is what Mapou said about Steven today – as he’s been out doing the interview duties today for Newcastle:
“He speaks to me in English on the pitch, but sometimes in the morning before training he makes an effort and speaks to me in French.” “It is logical. Steven is here to help me, he talks to me a lot.”
“He is here to help me adapt into the English game and into Newcastle’s style of play as well. He is always talking to me on the pitch, he makes me feel good and playing alongside him is good.”
“Steven is Steven. He is a funny guy. He is a kind guy and he is a great footballer.” “He is someone who literally puts his body on the line. He does absolutely everything, gives his all, to try and win the ball back and do his defensive duties.”
“Seeing that for real on the pitch it gives you a massive example to work towards. It is fantastic to see.” “He is a little crazy – sometimes when he teases the goalkeeper!” “It is a great experience for a defender to keep attackers of that quality quiet.”
It’s 44 years since Newcastle last won a trophy back in 1969, and the possibility that we may win the Europa League this season will not subside, after we were drawn against Benfica in the quarter finals yesterday.
It’s a good draw for us, and Newcastle can get through to the final four, if we can play somewhere near our best form.
At the moment Benfica are two points clear of FC Porto in the Portuguese League, and 15 points ahead of FC Braga in third place, who we played in pre-season – and the Lisbon side finished in second place to FC Porto last season..
But first things first, and we have an important league game at Wigan tomorrow,
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