After the game on Saturday our goalkeeper Matz Sels took some severe criticism from some Newcastle fans on Twitter that was simply way over the top.
Matz did hesitate in coming out for the corner that led to Aston Villa’s very late equalizer, but it’s not like it was a major error and the ball should still have been cleared.
Matz Sels – adjusting to playing in England
Unfortunately that brutal criticism made the national headlines in English papers and it does not reflect well on those specific fans or on Newcastle United either.
Rafa was asked at his press conference about Matz and the goalkeeping position and this is what he said:
“Matz Sels is fine, a young lad coming to a new country, some games he has done well and some games he could improve – but he has a great future.”
“They are professionals, and they have to deal with this kind of situation.”
“We know how hard it can be to settle down, but he just needs to keep working hard and trying to improve his game.”
“Karl Darlow has done well in the cup games and we will decide tomorrow. I told them that they have to put me under pressure.”
It would not surprise us if Karl Darlow gets a start tomorrow night against Norwich, but if Rafa makes that change it’s because he thinks it’s the right thing to do for Newcastle and the right thing for Matz too.
Maybe it’s good to give Matz two or three games on the bench so he can take in everything that’s happened since the hectic season started on August 5th – and he’ll be a lot better for it.
It’s very difficult for continental goalkeepers to adjust to English football and that’s true also with Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo this season.
It takes time to adjust to both English football and to life in England.
Let keep supporting Matz Sels and let’s keep supporting all our players at Newcastle.
That’s the least they deserve in this crucial season.