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.