Summer Signing Seems To Be Settling In Well On Tyneside

New signing Florian Lejeune has been interviewed by the Chronicle today and he talks about how he has been able to settle in quite well on Tyneside.

A fully fit Lejeune is probably one of the two starting center-backs at Newcastle at the moment, and for £11.8M he looks a very good buy for us.

Lejeune has had to put up with two fairly serious injuries this season – the first one in the first half of the first game of the season and his debut for the club against Spurs.

But he has finally come back and played 13 times for the first team and will hope to hold onto his place for the final 11 games of the season.

Florian Lejeune – playing in pre-season

This is what Lejeune has said today in the Chronicle about settling in on Tyneside:

“It was tricky for me coming from a different country. You have to first adapt to a new lifestyle and new language, then the new team-mates of course.”

“However, we all speak the same language on the pitch and the training ground which is the universal language of football.”

“Everybody has different views of course but we all work well together. You have to adapt.”

“Eibar compared to Newcastle on a football-scale is not necessarily more relaxed.”  “At Newcastle, there is a more physical impact.”

“It is quite similar in some ways though.” “Working and playing for Eibar was very, very intense.”

“And in saying that no matter who you are playing for, Newcastle or Eibar, you have to keep really fit.”

“In terms of playing for Newcastle, the tackles are harsher in the Premier League.”

Lejeune will be under pressure from Ciaran Clark who has had another good season at Newcastle and only lost his place through injury.

But that’s exactly what Rafa wants to see in all positions on the field – competition for places – the more, the better.

And if we do survive in the Premier League this season the manager will want to bring in maybe four or five players who will further increase the competition for places in the Newcastle side.

Hopefully, Rafa will get some decent money from owner Mike Ashley to spend this summer.

That would be the first time in four transfer windows.


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83 comments so far

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Feb 22, 2018 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #1

    Creative title Ed 😀

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 22, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Facundo fereyra has 20 goals in 23 games….wtf…he didn’t play a single minute for us.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #3

    I have this strong premonition that someone is going to come on and say we should have kept Fereyra, Doumbia and Abeid and that it was a huge mistake letting them go.

  • lesh

    Feb 22, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #4

    Essex @3

    Capn Catchy and his motley crew’ll be drafting their posts ready for their weekend onslaught.

  • manxpie

    Feb 22, 2018 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #5

    On lascelles was reading that there was a mag article saying that they dont want him getting called up for england as it would be a fast track to losing him, only to find out that a few months earlier the same writer was saying he was and should be our 4th choice CB! Mbemba is so much better and so on
    Has catchy branched out it just reminded me too much of him to be a coincedence

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #6

    I think although Merino may be over his back touble
    he won’t be fit enough to start.
    Probably an impact sub 2nd half

  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    Getting this déjà vu feeling.

    It’s almost like we’ve had a “summer signing” article already today. 😐

  • G

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #8

    I suspect Rafa will start with Gayle up front this weekend to use his pace to tire out Bournemouth defence a bit, then maybe bring out Slimani for the last 20 mins or so. Same line up as Manyoo, with Slimani on the bench with Merino basically.

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Well I lost faith in loyalty in football a number of years ago. Lascelles would probably jump at the chance to join Chelsea and bank a massive pay rise.
    He would probably be waxing lyrical about how great they are and how he couldn’t pass up the opportunity in his first interview. He makes the right noises, but a lot of players do. It means very little in the grand scheme of things.

  • G

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Sadly Belfast, what you say is very true.

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Just buttering you all up for inevitable disappointment and anger. Haha

    He’d probably walk into that Chelsea defence at the moment.

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #12

    It’s actually worse when they make all the right noises then fcuk off at the first opportunity. I bet nobody felt cheated and let down when Sissoko left. lol

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #13

    EFL Clubs vote for the transfer window to close before 2018/19 season starts

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Ruben Semedo charged with attempted murder.

    Weren’t we interested in him in the summer


  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Yep G. I gave up after the Andy Carroll shenanigans.

  • Belfast

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Yes I remember him. The ball playing center half ? I think he gave us the brush off for someone else.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #17

    He chose villareal instead of us. Dodged a bullet there like 😳

  • lesh

    Feb 22, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #18


    Ruben Semedo charged with attempted murder? Ashley perhaps? No such luck.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #19


    We can dream mate. Unfortunately that’s all it will stay as, a dream.

    Hopefully he’s gone by the summer.

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    New claims
    Ellis Short will give away SAFC for FREE !!!
    Not a joke btw

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #21

    The response to that is.
    Buyers might not have to shell out a fee,
    but they’d be expected to take on the huge debt
    Ellis Short is desperate to get rid of.
    SAFC is haemorrhaging money on wages,
    with an ever decreasing source of income
    (lower crowds, sales on replica kits etc)

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 22, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #22
  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #23



  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #24

    I take no great pleasure in the Mackems plight

    However the positive spin on this should be
    it may give Mike Ashley pause for thought.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #25
  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Not very good at PR:

    Keith Bishop Associates?
    Cannot put into words how amazing today’s @ldnsportingclub Networking lunch was.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Newcastle United in a vulnerable position when it comes to Jamaal Lascelles – Lee Ryder

    United skipper still not Newcastle’s highest earner despite his tag as one of the star players

    Newcastle United chiefs will be cautious when it comes to the whispers coming out of Stamford Bridge about Jamaal Lascelles. Admiration for Lascelles from bigger clubs is no secret down the corridors of power at St James’ Park, with Chelsea’s long-standing interest not really breaking news to Rafa Benitez or managing director Lee Charnley. Liverpool and Everton have also taken a look, while Arsenal have had United’s club captain Lascelles on their radar since he was a youngster.

    That was the reason why Newcastle needed to act quickly at the start of the season and get around the table to offer him the six-year contract that resulted in his wages rising to around £35,000 per week – plus appearance and win bonuses. But he’s still not close to the highest earner at the club, who is Jonjo Shelvey on around £80,000 per week, and that could cause a problem for Newcastle if Lascelles’ agent starts to get offers from elsewhere in the summer. When the season kicked off Lascelles was on half of that, but considering he had started the 2015/16 season as a reserve at United and only really came into the picture when Benitez arrived at the club, it’s not much of a surprise. Since then he has grown as a player and into the most influential character in the Toon dressing room. Before Lascelles signed his latest contract, United had to deal with the slightly odd situation that saw unwanted squad members such as Henri Saivet and Manu Riviere enjoying significantly bigger pay packets than Lascelles shortly after he’d been handed the club captaincy by Benitez.

    Once Newcastle had won promotion they knew they had to get their act together and hand Lascelles the type of deal he deserved but the big question now is: Could the club and his agent have to sit down again soon as interests continues to grow for Lascelles?
    An England call-up or a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad this summer will change the landscape as far as interested clubs are concerned – some will look to move quickly. Wages are less of an issue at Chelsea with the London Evening Standard believing they can offer him £100,000 per week basic. Yet Newcastle can name whatever fee they please for Lascelles who is contracted until 2023 at St James’ Park.

    Lascelles isn’t actually chasing a better deal at the moment but once the big guns start targeting up and coming young English players, the situation slightly moves out of his hands. Fresh reports from the capital linking Lascelles with the 2017 Premier League champions is a sign of progress for the centre-back though. If Chelsea’s interest resurfacing proves anything, it’s that Benitez has good judgement when it comes to players.

    Lascelles was actually a Graham Carr signing back in 2014, but it was Benitez who believed in him when others didn’t and handed him his big first-team chance. The moment Lascelles showed he wasn’t afraid to stand up to senior players who weren’t pulling their weight, Benitez wanted him as a permanent fixture in his side. Since handing him the captain’s armband he’s never looked back and United are half the team when Lascelles isn’t in it and booming out the orders. Factor in some of his displays during a clutch of games this season and he is a big candidate for player of the year at St James’ Park. The Toon Army have pointed out many times this season that “Southgate’s got his number” can see his importance too, and while previous generations of fans have been brought up cheering the names of legendary strikers like MacDonald, Keegan and Shearer, the star player of this team is undoubtedly the team’s main centre-back. Chelsea’s interest should be no surprise and only the start of major interest in the player if he can keep up his solid performances.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #28

    Who was suggesting if NUFC were to be relegated, Amanda Staveley would consider the price for the club ‘doon tha road’ more acceptable?!

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Just post a link you empty-headed wasssock

  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #30


  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #31


  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Nearly finished but Bbc radio Newcastle talking to Paul Ferris about his time at the Toon and his book
    Some interesting anecdotes about his time playing and the players he looked after when physio

    Lejuene had him down for my player of season pity about injuries but looks class on the ball and if our keeper likes to pass out need him to play as only defender who looks comfortable on the ball

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Thank fcuk the footy is back this weekend. Like pulling teeth on here the past two week!

    Word of the day is…… wasssock!! 🙂

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #34


    I’d say Mbemba is comfortable on the ball aswell as Lejeune. But I can see our CB pairing being Lejeune and Lascelles for the rest of the season.

    Injuries permitting of course

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 22, 2018 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    Agree with you with Mbemba being comfortable on the ball
    And our centre half pairing of Lascalles fighting never say die attitude along with skill and Lejuene’s comfort on the ball make a good central partnership – fingers crossed

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2018 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #36

    A definition

    The verb ‘To Waz’ in northern English dialect means to urinate.

    In both West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, offal was very popular and when produced en masse the offal was cooked in linens resembling large pillows and were referred to as ‘socks’. These prevented the offal from burning and being ruined when coming in to direct contact with the base or sides of its cooking vessel.

    Unsurprisingly these linens absorbed the odour of the offal (which is similar to urine) and were discarded. They were colloquially referred to as ‘Waz Socks’. The derogatory sense of a ‘Wazzock’ to this day refers to someone discarded of having any point, purpose or worth.
    “Don’t mind Geoffrey, He’s a wazzock”


    Gullible fool, or Village Idiot, with elements of pomposity.
    He’s a right daft wassock, thinks he knows it all but he can’t tell cabbage from turnip!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 22, 2018 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #37


    Aye. And the calming presence of Dúbravka will make a difference too!

  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Celtic oot the Europa league again looks like

  • lochinvar

    Feb 22, 2018 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Now I know what Sunderland A.F.C. stands for

    Sunderland A Free Club

  • voodoo85

    Feb 22, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #40

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