The signing of Sven Botman claims that the intensity of training at Newcastle United thus far has shocked him.
Before beginning his first Premier League season, Botman spoke to the Daily Mail about how he is adjusting to life in the north east.
He claims that he expected the games in England to be hard, but the pace of the training sessions is the same.
Over the last two transfer windows, Newcastle pursued Botman assiduously before securing their man at the centre of defence.
I definitely need to adjust, he remarked. Here, there is a significant difference. Yes, I was a little taken aback.
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“I was aware that the Premier League had a fast pace, but in training as well? No break is taken in between drills. Go, go, go is the command.
“Everything is at 100%. However, it’s a good thing.
“The manager has made it plain what he expects of us. We need to set high standards for ourselves if we want to get there.
Foreign signings sometimes take some time to adjust to life in England, but Newcastle is obviously confident that Botman can make the transition.
Otherwise, they wouldn’t have chased him so assiduously.
The only player Newcastle acquired in January without prior Premier League experience was Bruno Guimaraes, who has improved the midfield with his star-caliber play.
They have again made an exception for Botman this summer, and he appears steadfastly committed to adjusting to life in England.