Summer Signing Loving Every Minute Of It At Newcastle


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.

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34 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2018 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    More Rafa alchemy!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Until the next rant from Red Ken then. 🙂

    They don’t like it up ’em.

    2
  • H.Houdini

    Feb 22, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    And getting well paid 🙄

    1
  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Here’s hoping the lad lives up to the promise of his debut, he didn’t come back well from that injury and was written off by a few but if he carries forward as he did against man utd then we could have a decent CB pairing on our hands. Never been totally convinced by Clark tbh.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #5

    Ancient C……….. I forgot to send your Valentine Card so please choose:-

    https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/b1/d8/15/b1d815b1c369681510f9c2307b1d2306.jpg

    I’m looking forward to seeing if Slimani plays and if he is the answer up front. A win against Bournemouth will hopefully lighten the mood on here and give us something more relevant to discuss.

    2
  • murvar

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #6

    All our centre halves look better players when they start alongside Lascelles.

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa’s transfer record in hard figures.

    Out of 19 players incoming
    Sels and Lazaar were
    (in my opinion) the only flops
    which is a failure rate of10.5%
    Even if you say Joselu is a flop
    the FR is only 15.75%

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  • Oldgit1

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib not sure if Sels and Lazaar were actually Rafas finds, suspect that Carr recommended these players and Rafa went along with them. Could be wrong.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib

    That success rate has got to be better than the number of your posts that are appreciated!!!

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #10

    The problem with scouting players is it only gets you so much of the player you think you were going to get.

    You have no idea what goes on in that players head or life once you buy him and plant him in a house in the north east of England and wait for him to clock in and start work.

    Sometimes i suppose some players down tools because the competition is too difficult, they now have reached their goal of a huge transfer fee and wage and don’t feel the need to try any more, maybe it’s the disappointment that there isn’t a nandos in walking distance of their new home, who knows. You can’t blame every failure on poor scouting.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Whilst I do not have an avatar I would like to assure those regular contributors on here that my user name is not attempt to convert, or instill any religious doctrine. Or indeed increase the sales of the musical group with the same name.

    Now that is sorted, perhaps we could discuss the difficult balance Rafa has to manoeuvre between the aspiration of supporters and the restricted budget set out by our owner. It is almost political…..

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Oldgit1
    Sels you could be right
    However
    Lazaar was known by Rafa
    from his time at Napoli
    (he said as much when he signed him)
    of course in 2015 AL was 22 with
    potential which just hasn’t been
    realised
    Tsunki’s scenario is probably pretty close

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #13

    I recall seeing a Rafa comment that a 70% success rate
    was typical of what could be regarded as a reasonable
    to good success rate.

    I would regard Joselu as being a success (or, at the very
    least, not a failure) considering his overall contribution to
    the team.

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14
  • G

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Must be a slow news day in London again. More from the cockney chip wrappers:

    http://www.football365.com/news/chelsea-to-make-move-for-newcastle-captain

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #16

    Had to drop in briefly to congratulate Lindisfarne on that post, gave me a chuckle.

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Sels and Lazaar you would have to consider failures,
    though based on previous performances, they seemed
    to be good buys.

    They were signed under Rafa so even if Carr had already
    scouted them, you have to say they were Rafa signings.

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  • Jib

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #18

    toonincheek
    When you consider Joselu’s price tag
    and the big money paid for some flops
    he ‘s certainly no failure

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  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #19

    We should probably be worried about Lascelles leaving. We’d ask for £40 million plus and someone would probably pay it considering his age, maturity level and performances.

    Ashley would never reject an offer of that size and Lascelles is easily our only saleable asset at that price range.

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  • G

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #20

    GPLF, I think in today’s inflated market he is worth far more than £40M, however, I reckon MA would probably deal at that price.

    1
  • Oldgit1

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #21

    See it’s being reported that our capt is being linked to Chelsea. Another sale for Ashley if he remains the owner and Rafa leaves. You couldn’t make it up.
    It’s reported? That Larcelles who was recently given a new contract, is only on 50k per week. Bearing in mind the potential of this guy it is peanuts, especially if Jon jo is on 90k a week.

    1
  • Tsunki

    Feb 22, 2018 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Lindisfarne – Unfortunately I couldn’t decide where that avatar joke came on Averages Asinine Scale but as he is the only one who can reliably use it I decided to find it funny. Carry on . 🙂

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 22, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #23

    There will be a queue of clubs lining up for Lascalles in the summer I think if we have new owners and Rafa is still here then we shouldn’t have a problem keeping him as we should hopefully be able to match his ambition!

    Any other scenario could see Lascalles leave and that would be such a shame as he could become a proper club legend given time! Would love him to help us end our cup drought !!!

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 22, 2018 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #24

    I’m not worried about Lascelles leaving this Summer. He’ll be here at least one more year IMO, he seems to love the club as much as Rafa

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 22, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Mind, you can feel the beginnings of a campaign getting started here. The London papers start talking about him, he starts being highlighted on Sky Sports and Match of the Day as one to watch, the national papers and TV highlights start singling him out for attention, he gets an England call-up and suddenly the hype is real and the bandwagon is in full motion. You can imagine the lad’s head being turned at that point, especially if Gary Cahill starts whispering about how great life at Chelsea is. Mind, at that point we won’t be talking about a low transfer fee, it’ll be up above Virgil van Dyke’s £75M which could even be worth it

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2018 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Lindisfarne

    I just want to assure you that no man/woman is an Island.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 22, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d be gutted if Captain Big Heart is allowed to leave at any price, it could the one thing that might make Rafa say, “Stuff it, I’m off!”

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 22, 2018 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #28

    EGB, I know where you’re coming from, but I think Rafa is a pragmatist. He’ll see Lascelles as a key member of his current squad, but also have an eye on him as an asset who can be sold at the correct time. After all, as important as he is to us, he’s no Paulo Maldini or Marcel Desailly as yet and not likely to ever be ranked as the best CB in the World. If he could get £100M for him and replace him with an equally strong player for, say, £40M, I think he would take it and be very pleased to have the £60M change to strengthen the squad elsewhere. If he was sold by the fat one behind Rafa’s back, that’s a different matter.

    1
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 22, 2018 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #29

    Lascalles is just great to watch when you see him play !Lukaku eventually stopped challenging for things after a few tussles with Jamal!

    It brought back memories of when we played Everton and Lukaku chucked Colo and Mbiwa about like rag dolls and it was good to see him get a taste of his own medicine!

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 22, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Problem with Ashley is that if we sold Lascalles for 75 million it wouldn’t all get invested especially not in the same window!

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 22, 2018 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #31

    G #15

    SH1T! that’s all we need , the f@t tw@t now looking at Lescelles in the form of £ signs, about £ 50Mill of them.He will be thinking he could strengthen the squad with 4 new signings in the summer window and pocket 30 mill for himself.

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 22, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #32

    To be fair to Lascelles, considering what he has
    done for the Club, you would have to give him the
    details of any bid and ask him if he is interested.

    He would likely say No.

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  • dig-n-dig22

    Feb 22, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Robleeno#25
    Yeah, and Cahill may wish he had kept his mouth shut because he could be coming the other way.

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 22, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #34

    toonincheek, I think that would be fair and I think you’re probably right, for the moment at least.

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