Why we MUST keep faith with Florian Lejeune despite his costly error against Southampton

Summer signing Florian Lejeune made his first start since the opening day of the season at Southampton yesterday, however his impressive display turned into a nightmare after the Frenchman bundled Shane Long over to give Southampton a penalty and ultimately a share of the spoils.

It was a game we should’ve went on to win given we took the lead twice, however we as fans must keep faith in Lejeune despite his costly error.

He barely put a foot wrong all game. If it wasn’t for his moment of madness, he would have been a real contender for man of the match and we must not forget that – as frustrating as his needless challenge was.

The £8.7m man was outstanding over pre-season, did not look out of place in his brief home debut against Spurs and looked a classy player in 99% of yesterday’s game (his first full game in the Premier League lets not forget).

As a defender, you can have an outstanding game for 89 minutes but still come out the villain with one mistake in the 90th minute. Lejeune must learn from this and he will.

It’s tough price to pay for a moment of bad decisioning, but I am not concerned. He looks comfortable on the ball, powerful aerially (in both boxes!), reads the game well and seems to know when to play out or put it in row Z.

Here’s what Rafa had to say about him after the game:

“I have not yet seen the replay but from the bench it looks as though it was a penalty,” Benitez conceded.

“Obviously he conceded the penalty that but then afterwards he was almost the hero with the header — that is football.

“He has not played since the opening game against Tottenham and he has been working very hard. During the international break he has been training with the team and I am happy because he is a good player who gives us more options at centre-back.”

Spot on from Rafa. If his header had snuck in at the death he’d have been our man of the match without a shadow of a doubt – and that is football for you.

I genuinely believe we have a good player in Lejeune. Keep the faith folks.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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