There is no doubting that as a club, Newcastle has a good reputation across Europe. This is always illustrated when new signings state how proud they are to be joining a club with such a great tradition, Yohan Cabaye being the most recent example of this, and Newcastle’s fans are rightly highly regarded around the world. While there isn’t a shortage of players speaking highly about the Magpies, Michael Owen aside, Newcastle have received some praise from an unlikely source.
David Rozehnal didn’t exactly have the greatest of spells in the north-east. Signed from PSG in the summer of 2007 for around £3 million, just 6 months and 21 games later the Czech Republic international was off to Lazio on loan before making the move permanent 12 months after signing for Newcastle. A Sam Allardyce signature, I wouldn’t class Rozehnal as a decent signing, but he certainly wasn’t an out and out flop.
Even though Rozehnal’s time on Tyneside was so short-lived, it appears that he still enjoyed himself in the Premier League. He even put a good word in when talking to Cabaye, with the Frenchman stating: “I spoke to Charles N’Zogbia and David Rozehnal before joining Newcastle. They both said it was a good choice to come to Newcastle. They said I would have a great time, especially with the fans.” Let’s hope that he does and that it’s a great choice!
It’s nice to see that players only have good things to say about Newcastle. They say that it takes years to build a reputation that can be damaged forever in the blink of an eye, and Newcastle’s name has been dragged through the mud in recent years. But the important thing is that the club has come through it with its reputation intact, and hopefully that should play a part in attracting players to make the move to Tyneside this summer.
So, at least David Rozehnal’s spell at Newcastle wasn’t a complete waste of time. Then there’s N’Zogbia, and if he’s happy to put in a good word, maybe he’ll go one step further and put on the famous black and white striped shirt once more. I wonder if Alan Pardew has any more allies in the footballing world who can help him in his pursuit of top class players in the coming weeks?
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