'Hugely impressive': Eddie Howe says £12m Newcastle ace has been truly outstanding in training
Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe has waxed lyrical about Magpies newcomer Kieran Trippier.
The England international became the first signing of the PIF era at Newcastle when he joined last week.
Newcastle reportedly paid Atletico Madrid £12million to bring Trippier to St James’ Park.
The 31-year-old was thrown into action the following day, playing 90 minutes against Cambridge in the FA Cup.
Trippier delivered a solid display but couldn’t prevent Newcastle from suffering a humbling 1-0 defeat.
Now, the Magpies are preparing for a Premier League relegation clash with Watford at St James’ Park.
Newcastle host their fellow strugglers on Saturday afternoon, with Trippier expected to start again.
The Magpies have since made a second signing in Chris Wood and are reportedly looking for a new centre-back.
Speaking to the Newcastle media team, Howe revealed what a good impression Trippier has already made.
“On the training ground he’s been excellent,” said the Magpies boss.
“From the first day when he spoke to the group he was hugely impressive.
“He’s shown a level of maturity and composure we’re going to need going forward.
“I know he’s going to be a great signing for us.”
Trippier previously played for Tottenham Hotspur and Burnley in the Premier League.
He won La Liga with Atletico last season and made 83 appearances in total for the Madrid side.
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