Florian Lejeune signed for Newcastle in early July for around £8.7m from Eibar and he has had an eventful first season at Newcastle.
The 27 year-old had been first choice center-back during the pre-season but unfortunately, he was injured in the first half against Tottenham (as was Paul Dummett) and Jamaal Lascelles came in and has played well since, then.
Florian has struggled back from injury twice this term and he had an outstanding game for us last time out against Manchester United.
Florian looks like a top center-back who is adjusting to the Premier League in this his first season.
Florian Lejeune and goalscorer Matt Ritchie – set up the chance against Man United
Like a number of our players, they will be a lot better next season because of the experience they are picking up this season.
This is what Florian has told the Chronicle:
“I’ve been injured a couple of times.”
“The first one was after the Tottenham game and then two months ago I was injured again in training and this injury was not really spoken about much in the media.”
“I found it quite complicated and difficult. It was a lengthy recovery and at one stage I couldn’t even get my shoes on properly.”
“Thankfully that is behind me now and I feel much better now.”
“Playing against Man United is a good and bad thing especially after coming back following two months of an injury layoff.”
“But I felt on form, I was quite happy to be able to compete against such a big team.”
“We were in the relegation zone before the game and it was difficult to climb away in the sense we had no choice but to get a win against Man United.”
“Hopefully, in the light of victory, the performance will now allow us to maintain that type of standard and move forward.”
“English is spoken around the world and I have had the opportunity to play in Spain and learn the language too.”
“I am keeping up with English lessons at the moment.” “I am making sound progress with that – I am quite confident that I will keep him improving.”
“I’m really enjoying the life in Newcastle. The lifestyle is good here.”
We’ve liked the look of Lejeune since he first arrived last summer and he is cool and confident at the back.
He has made some mistakes as he gets to grips with the Premier League, but he looks like an excellent signing for the club.
He stood up magnificently to the high-priced attack against the Red Devils and some of his tackles and blocks were first class.
The £11.7M fee for Florian will look very cheap in a year or two.
He was Rafa’s first choice center-back last summer, and now we are finding out why.