Leicester City paid Nice £14m for Papy Mendy in summer 2016.
Just one of the numerous Leicester signings that cost more than £12m top NUFC buy under Rafa, Matt Ritchie.
The Leicester midfielder played alongside Hatem Ben Arfa when Nice finished an impressive fourth in Ligue 1, just two points off runner-up spot.
Hatem’s move to PSG proved a disaster and Mendy took some time to settle in as well.
Injuries didn’t help as he made only four Premier League starts in his first season and then spent last season back at Nice on loan.
However, this season he has forged an impressive midfield pairing with Ndidi.
Diame and Shelvey will need to step it up if they are to get on top of their opponents and Papy Mendy believes it is going to be a ‘tough game against a strong team’ at St James Park on Saturday.
The Leicester City midfielder says that he has watched Newcastle games and knows they are ‘very compact, with a good idea, good coach and good mentality’, whilst for Newcastle fans are wondering just where the goals are going to come from.
Leicester could go as high as fifth with a win, whilst Newcastle could end the weekend rock bottom of the Premier League if they lose…it is time for Rafa’s team to get their first win of the season.
Papy Mendy talking to LCFC TV:
“I think we have to continue to improve and to get maximum points.
“I know a little bit about Newcastle because I look at some of their games and this is a strong team, very compact, with a good idea, good coach and good mentality.
“We know this weekend it’s going to be a tough game against a strong team. We have to find a solution to win the game.
“This season, we start the beginning of the game often conceding goals after maybe 10 minutes, which is not normal.
“We have to be more concentrated if we want to win some games. We have to be more concentrated and stronger.
“It’s not normal to concede a goal and we’re trying to improve this aspect of our game.”
“I like playing with Wilf (Ndidi), the coach has given me the opportunity to play and I try to give my best.
“We have a lot of good midfielders with lots of experience, like Adrien Silva and Vicente Iborra, and for me, it’s good because every time I have training, I have to make my best.”