Philippe Albert played for Newcastle in the Kevin Keegan era and was on Tyneside from 1994 through 1999 when the center-back played 109 times for the Magpies with 8 goals and he is still revered by fans at Newcastle.
Philippe is now a pundit on Belgian TV and knows all about Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba after watching them a number of times over the last two years as part of his job.
Philippe Albert today
In short he thinks Newcastle have made a great double signing of the players, who made their home debuts in the 61st minute in the narrow 1-0 defeat yesterday against Borussia Monchengladbach at St. James’ Park.
This is what the now 47 year-old said in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Sun today:
“I think Steve McClaren has made two very good signings.” “I have watched both as a TV pundit for the last few years so I know them very well from their last couple of seasons with Anderlecht.”
“They are two young players with a good mentality and are positive on the pitch.” “Newcastle fans deserve them because they will do very well.”
“If I could say something to them it would be to give 100% every game.” “If you do that even when the team lose the fans will be positive with you on Tyneside.”
“That is how Newcastle fans see the game of football.” “They want to see quality players of course, but it’s no good having quality if you don’t give 100%.”
“If you do that even when the team lose the fans will be positive with you on Tyneside.” “That is how Newcastle fans see the game of football.
“It will be positive for everybody.” “They will have to behave on and off the field too.” “If they give everything they have they won’t have a problem with anybody.”
“If Mitrovic gets the goals he will be a success because they lacked that last season.”
“In Newcastle the fans want to see the team giving their all, if you lose, then lose 3-2 or 4-3, not like last season when they were well beaten and that wasn’t the case.”
Both of our new players were stars in the Belgian League, but they will need a little bit of time to adjust to the physical rigors of the English Premier League.
But for £21M in total they look to be excellent buys, and have been brought in to fix the problem positions for Newcastle – center-forward and center-back.
We look forward to Chancel stopping the goals and Aleksandar scoring the goals next season – starting against Southampton a week today
What do you think?