Claudio Cacapa is an experienced player who didn’t have a particularly good time of it last season in the Premier league.
Claudio Cacapa – held it together for Newcastle in first half
Newcastle manager has spoken about Cacapa for perhaps the first time and has said he sees him as an important figure for Newcastle United.
One thing we are noticing is that a lot of players that were already here, when Keegan arrived last January, suddenly so much better under the guidance of Kevin.
That’s due to a couple of things, one is that Kevin can instill confidence in any player, and he also lets them know each one is an important cog in the new Newcastle machine.
The central defender, who can also play at right back, made his first start since last February in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Hartlepool United at Victoria Park.
Cacapa seems to be a littleÂ suspect to injuries and he had a hamstring problem problem that kept him out until he was able toÂ make his comeback against Everton as a substitute on the final day of last season.
KeeganÂ believes the 32-year-old former Brazilian international (4 caps) still has a lot to offer, given his wide experience at the top level with Olympique Lyonnais, and his undoubted leadership abilities.
Some times last season Claudio really looked the part and then on other occasions , like against Portsmouth, he looked hopeless.
Keegan told the Shields Gazette today:
“Claudio’s very important,”Â “He’s a good man around the place, and another one who has worked very hard in pre-season.”
“He hasn’t played for a long time, but he’s clever. He’s been round the block a few times in terms of his experience at Lyon.”
“I thought in the first half, when we were a little bit under the cosh because Hartlepool started off so well.”
” I thought he was the one who just held it all together for us.”
It was noticeable on Saturday that left back Jose Enrique has slimmed down quite a bit over the summer, and it would be interesting to know how much weight he has lost.
It also appears that Viduka has lost weight, and we’re sure that’s under orders directly from the gaffer.
Finally on Claudio Cacapa, we think and hope he can do a good job for the team this season, but he must become more consistent.