Florian Lejeune looked a good player in pre-season, but unfortunately, he was injured in the first half of our first game against Tottenham in August – along with Paul Dummett.
Florian has been back in the first team during our poor run, and he’s made mistakes lately like other players in the side.
But Rafa Benitez believes Florian is just learning the ropes of the Premier League, and he needs time to adjust to what is a very good league.
It’s a lot more physical then the Spanish League he has been playing in.
Lejeune seems to have what it takes to be a good center-back, but his positional play has been wanting at times recently.
Florian Lejeune – challenges Jamie Vardy on Saturday
We expect Florian to become a very good player for Newcastle as he gets more experience in the Premier League.
This is what Benitez has said of Lejeune today as reported in the Chronicle:
“I think every single player coming from abroad to play here will need time to adapt. Obviously a center-back needs more time.”
“But when we were signing him, we were signing a player that technically is good, can play on the ball, he can pass the ball, and he was different to the players that we had.”
“We have Lascelles and Clark, and Lejeune is different, and Mbemba is different because he is not as big.”
“Lejeune is big, he is good in the air, he can pass the ball. He will need some time to adapt and understand.”
“The way they were playing in Eibar with the defensive line a little bit higher, sometimes they were playing offside.”
“To manage this, to play offside or to drop off, and deal with the pace of Jamie Vardy or these things, it is a question of time.”
“For anyone coming from abroad to the Premier League, the adaptation is always difficult.”
Jamaal Lascelles is fit again, and it could well be that Jamaal comes in at the expense of Lejeune tonight against Everton.
That will break Florian’s run of 9 successive games in the Newcastle first team.