Just got back from taking the dog for his morning walk and a visit to Starbucks with my son and see that we’ve signed 23-year-old Antonio Barreca on loan from Monaco.
That’s great news.
He’s joined on loan through the end of the season and will offer some good competition to Paul Dummett and will give the manager some additional options on the left side.
There is an option to buy him at the end of the season in the loan contract.
Rafa Benitez with new signing Antonio Barreca
This is some of what was announced by Newcastle today on their website:
Barreca, 23, is a left-back who progressed through the ranks at Torino to become an established starter in Serie A.
He joined Monaco last summer, but the French club have endured a difficult season in Ligue 1 and Rafa Benítez has moved to bring him to St. James’ Park for the remainder of the campaign.
This is what Rafa Benitez has said about the player:
“The left-back/left-wing-back position is one we’ve been looking to strengthen for a while.”
“And he’s an Italy U-21 international who we know has quality, good delivery and is good going forward.”
“He has the attributes, he has the quality and he has the characteristics that we look for.”
“Now we must see how quickly he can adapt, but we will try to help him and if he can give us more competition in this area, and more quality in the final third with his deliveries.”
“The only thing I can see is a positive.”
And finally, this is what Antonio has said on nufcTV:
“I am very happy to be here. I have accepted this challenge with a great deal of enthusiasm and I can’t wait to start.”
“I know that Newcastle is a big and historic club. I know that the people here really love football and that the fans are really behind the team.”
“I think that the Premier League is the best league, so for me, this is further motivation to do well.”
That’s the first signing this month on the very last day – but hopefully, there are at least three more signings today.
Antonio certainly has the right attitude and seems to want to learn from Rafa.
We hope he does well at Newcastle and becomes very successful on Tyneside.