By Harvey Byrne
Sky Sports analyst and Spanish football expert Terry Gibson has provided a praising summary on possible Newcastle signing Florian Lejeune, claiming he is just right for the Premier League.
The Northern Echo reported on Tuesday that the Magpies would complete their second signing of the summer and that the Eibar centre-back is set to undergo a medical in a deal worth £8.7million.
The 26-year-old was highly impressive for the La Liga side in the last campaign and played 34 times in the league as they achieved a 10th placed finish.
Now, Gibson, who usually acts as a pundit during Sky Sports’ live showings of Spanish football has told that he believes Lejeune won’t need any time to adapt to English football due to his physicality and other attributes he possesses.
“I think he’s tailor-made for the Premier League – he will fit in absolutely perfectly,” told Gibson, as quoted by the Chronicle.
“He’s good in the air and he’s physically strong. I think he’s a very solid player and for me, it won’t take him any time at all to adapt to the Premier League. For the money he’s going to cost, it’s a good move that just makes sense.
“He’s solid at every thing he does. He’s got decent pace – you’ll never see him beaten for that – without being lightening quick. He’s not Franz Beckenbauer but he’s comfortable enough on the ball and playing out from the back as well. I just think he does everything right and it doesn’t surprise me that teams from the Premier League are looking at him.”
Manager Rafa Benitez will be casting his eye other players such as Lejuene as he plans to build a squad ready to keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
He has already secured speed machine Christian Atsu on a permanent deal from Chelsea after he spent the last season on loan at the Magpies, while the centre-back area could be another position he is looking to strengthen with both Jamaal Lascelles and Ciaran Clark holding the positions in the last campaign.
In other Newcastle news, a Premier League club have made an offer for striker being eyed by the Magpies.