‘Hugely impressed’: Leon Osman now says £35m Newcastle man has stood out as much as Erling Haaland
Although the World Cup is still ongoing in Qatar, attentions are starting to turn back to the Premier League.
Newcastle United will be counting down the days until they can get their unlikely Champions League challenge going again.
Eddie Howe’s side weren’t the most active team in the market, and recruited very wisely.
Forward Alexander Isak broke their transfer record, but has been hampered by injuries since arriving at St. James’ Park.
Nick Pope has been brilliant in goal, contributing to Newcastle’s fantastic defensive record this season.
Another player who has come in and immediately hit the ground running is Sven Botman.
Osman admitted he’s been seriously impressed with Botman’s impact at Newcastle.
The Dutch defender has been a rock at the back for Howe, and immediately established himself in the first team.
However, once he started playing, it’s been impossible to drop him.
Osman has been seriously impressed with Botman
Speaking on the Premier League’s official YouTube channel, Osman was asked about the Dutch defender.
He admitted Botman’s presence at the back has allowed Newcastle’s midfield to press further up the pitch.
Osman has been so impressed with Botman, that he even compared his impact at Newcastle to that of Erling Haaland’s at Manchester City.
“You say the team are effective at the top end of the field, one of the reasons is because he’s so trustworthy defensively,” Osman said.
“They don’t need to over-cover him, they don’t need to have two or three players around him.
“They can release those players forward, they can release them to press knowing that he can deal with near enough any situation coming.
“I’ve been hugely impressed with his start in a Newcastle shirt.
“We talk about [Gabriel] Jesus and the impact he’s had on the team, well that’s exactly what Sven Botman has had.
“An incredible impact on the team, and I can say that continuing.”
“My three best signings are [Erling] Haaland, Jesus and Sven Botman, I think those are the three for me that really do stand out.
The £35m defender could potentially consider himself unlucky not to be at the World Cup right now with the Netherlands.
However, he may have affected his chances by turning down a call-up in September to the under-21 side.
Botman will be fresh and ready to go when the Premier League restarts on Boxing Day.
He’ll be hoping to continue the fine form that has helped his side make an unlikely European challenge this season.