Swansea City caused a stir when landing Renato Sanches just before the transfer window closed.
Having lost talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson, Swansea had brought in the likes of Sam Clucas and Wilfried Bony, but it was the signing of the young Portuguese midfielder that grabbed the headlines.
Bayern Munich paid £44m last summer for the then 19 year old and could end up paying over £70m if he hits certain targets. Swansea paying £8m to loan him for this season.
At his press conference, Paul Clement said that Renato Sanches is a real talent and expects him to make his debut against Newcastle.
Now the player himself said he is ready to face Rafa Benitez’ team.
“I am ready for the (Newcastle) game.
“If I play in the starting eleven I am confident. If I don’t play I’m still confident…
“I hope I can play from the beginning or come on to make by debut.
“At home it’s always important to get to know the stadium as well as the supporters.
“I think this will be an important game for us, we want to win it.
“My favorite position is in the middle – right in the middle, in the center – not a defensive midfielder but as a number eight, but I am capable of playing in other positions.
“I can play in outside or inside areas – I think that helps me as well as the team – but my favourite position is as a number eight, practically it is the one that suits me best.”
“Renato Sanches will be here tomorrow (Friday).
“He will have two sessions ahead of facing Newcastle United and I anticipate he will be involved on Sunday.
“He is still a young player though, so we have to be careful not to put too much pressure on him.
“If you watched him in the Euros, you can see how much of a talent he is. I think he can make a big contribution.