ROBERT: I CAN ONLY GET BETTER
By Philip Seery
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The French international, a £10 million close season signing from Paris Saint Germain, is poised to make his Premiership bow against Chelsea on Saturday, but feels he requires more time to regain match sharpness.
"I did not do too badly against Bilbao, but I really can do a lot better," he said.
"Don't forget I went into the game with just a couple of days training with my new colleagues and I think it showed.
"What I need now is the time for them to get to know me and for me to get to know them," reassured the 26-year-old.
Robert, who coach Bobby Robson has likened to Ryan Giggs, had to withdraw from the French squad due to injury but should be fit for the trip to Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Newcastle are reportedly ready to step up their interest in long-term transfer target David Prutton.
Nottingham Forest have put all their stars up for sale, to ease the financial crisis at the City Ground, and Bobby Robson could test Forest's resolve with a £3 million-plus offer for the highly-rated England Under-21 international.