NUFC new-boy Florian Lejeune has had a pop at Spurs striker Harry Kane, admitting his silly tackle that left him on crutches on the opening day should have been punished – also revealing he’s yet to receive an apology from the England star.
In an in-depth interview which was featured in the match day programme for Saturday’s game, Lejeune reflected on physicality of the Premier League and the incident with Kane on the opening day of the season back in August, admitting that he ‘didn’t understand’ how his challenge only saw him booked.
“It is physical for sure; but sometimes players do silly things too. And I think it was a silly tackle by the player. I didn’t understand it,”
The Frenchman then admitted that the England star never gave Lejeune an apology during or after the game, despite it doing damage to his ankle ligaments and seeing him leave St James’ Park on crutches that day, sidelining him for several weeks:
“I never received any apology for the tackle. Regardless of the team or player, it is important to punish such tackles.
“And then you see a similar tackle a week later and it is punished by red. But that is football. Do you need to wait until a player breaks a leg to do something about it?”
A fair point from Lejeune at the end here. Whilst elements of the game have got out of hand when it comes to how you can and can’t tackle these days, it was a very dangerous ‘attempt’ to win the ball from Kane and one that could’ve done serious damage.
Just like Yohan Cabaye’s awful challenge on DeAndre Yedlin in the 1-0 win over Palace last month, surely these tackle’s deserve more than a yellow card to help prevent against serious injuries occurring in the game?