Pape Souare is finally starting to feel settled in south London, after making the move from France in the final days of the January transfer window.
Despite having not played that regularly since arriving, the Senegalese international is well aware that the Premier League will take some time to get used to, such is the difference in the pace of play when looked at in direct comparison with Ligue One.
Having been signed by Alan Pardew, the 24-year-old was very complimentary about his new boss when speaking the official website recently, revealing that his attitude and man management skills have impressed him.
“I think he is a good manager, he is strong and has a never give up attitude,
“His special quality is that he encourages us to work hard. He is understanding, my English is not very good but he knows that I will work hard.”
“I think it’s a new challenge for me [to come to England]. “I think it is very different, because it is so physical in the Premier League. I think it’s much better here than France.
“Every player in France wants to come here and to have the chance to play [in England] is good for me and for my career.
“I wanted a club who will look after me and because they are in the Premier League and I think they will never go down, that’s why I came here. I wanted the chance to play in the Premier League.”
“Anyone can beat anyone in the Premier League, but it is more difficult when you play away.
“Expectations may be higher after we beat Manchester City on Monday.”
Although you would expect Martin Kelly to retain his place on the left side of our defence for today’s game against Sunderland, it’s clear to see that Soaure is getting more comfortable with each week he spends in SE25, regardless of his absence from the starting eleven.
Whether or not we will see him trusted with a run of games between now and the summer remains an unknown, but Alan Pardew appears to be more than happy to involve the defender regularly, as shown by his start away at Stoke and his appearance from the bench in the closing stages of our win over Manchester City last time out.
Obviously, from what he has had to say above, he remains extremely confident about the direction in which the club is heading, and is more than happy to be a part of it for the foreseeable future, regardless of the competition he is facing for a starting role.
I’m glad he was so confident of our survival back in January, I only wish I could have felt the same.