Newcastle center-back Florian Lejeune had a rough afternoon on Saturday. He had trouble keeping up with the pace of Everton’s Moise Kean and Richarlison, especially in the first half.
Bruce tweaked the system to get Almiron over the left, which helped a bit, but it was still a struggle for the Frenchman. While he’s not the quickest of players, Lejeune was starting his third game in a week and second in just 48 hours.
For a player who had not played in over 8 months, it proved too much for the 28-year-old. However, he never gave up and continued to give his all until Steve Bruce brought him off in the 74th minute.
Bruce was very sympathetic towards Lejeune after the match. He had little choice but to start the defender with three other center-backs out injured.
After the game, Florian took to Instagram to give a heartfelt thank you to the fans for their support despite him having a difficult time.
This is the message that he posted to the fans.
We don’t think any Newcastle fans would be too harsh on Florian Lejeune. He was a victim of circumstance but did the best he could. He was obviously struggling to play his third game in a week.
We just hope that Paul Dummett or Ciaran Clark can come back into the team on New Years Day to give Florian at least a full week of rest.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 2-1 Defeat To Everton?
- Andy Carroll (38%, 525 )
- Joelinton (15%, 207 )
- Martin Dubravka (13%, 180 )
- Miguel Almiron (11%, 158 )
- Jetro Willems (7%, 94 )
- Fabian Schar (6%, 80 )
- Isaac Hayden (2%, 33 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (2%, 25 )
- Federico Fernandez (1%, 20 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 16 )
- Florian Lejeune (1%, 12 )
- Dwight Gayle (1%, 12 )
- Christian Atsu (1%, 8 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 8 )
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