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David Ginola talks about working under Mark Lawrenson and predicts Huddersfield v Newcastle United

2 years ago

David Ginola is one of the most talented players Newcastle fans have ever seen.

Certainly, the first four months or so after he arrived from PSG, the winger was untouchable.

Maybe a bit more hit and miss after that first season when Newcastle should have won the Premier League in 1995/96, David Ginola did have some critics who focused more on his failure to come back and defend at times.

Mark Lawrenson was brought in as a defensive coach by Kevin Keegan for a brief time and remembers working with David Ginola, describing him as an ‘absolutely fantastic talent’, though he thinks Alan Shearer might not have been impressed by the Frenchman’s workrate.

As for Ginola, he thinks that it could be simply jealousy from Lawrenson.

One thing the pair do agree on though is that Newcastle are going to beat Huddersfield, Ginola going for 1-0 to Rafa’s team and Mark Lawrenson 2-0 to the visitors.

Lawrenson makes the point that neither team score a lot of goals and indeed only Huddersfield have scored less goals (10 ) than Newcastle’s total of 13.

Two big factors he points out though, Rafa has got Salomon Rondon in very good form meaning the goals could start flowing a little bit more regularly, whilst Huddersfield have now lost their best player and talisman, Aaron Mooy until at least February.

David Ginola speaking to BBC Sport:

“Mark (Lawrenson) wasn’t really keen on my game because obviously he was a defender, and he liked the striker and the forwards to track back and try to win the ball back.

“Obviously my French flair and my style of playing football didn’t suit him very much – I could see it.

“But maybe it was a bit of jealousy as well because I could do things with the ball that he tried very hard to do, but he never succeeded.

“That is the difference between someone very skilful and someone who is not.”

Mark Lawrenson:

“David (Ginola) was an absolutely fantastic talent. In his own mind.

“He was unbelievable actually, but I think his captain Alan Shearer would have a view on his work-rate – or lack of it.”

Lawrenson on Saturday’s match:

“Newcastle were unlucky to lose to a last-gasp Wolves goal last weekend, and Huddersfield also went down to a late winner at Arsenal.

“Aaron Mooy’s injury is a blow for Huddersfield, because they are short of goals anyway.

“Newcastle are hardly free-scoring but with Salomon Rondon up front they always pose a threat.

“Magpies boss Rafael Benitez has got him playing, and he is a handful.

“Prediction is Huddersfield 0 Newcastle 2.”


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