Toon defender Steven Taylor has admitted that he has begun to learn French in order to fit in with his new team mates.
Newcastle now have 10 french players on the club books, as well as the french speaking Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse. And therefore, in order to ‘fit in’, he has been using ‘teach-yourself-French’ CDs in his car after seeing Yohan Cabaye learn English the same way.
The squad are now 41% French speaking after the arrivals of five Ligue 1 players in January: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko and Matthieu Debuchy.
Taylor, 27, is now the only local academy product in the first-team in a team that is looking increasingly foreign.
This is what he had to say about it: “It’ll be nice to learn a bit of French, just in case. Cabaye did the same with the car CDs when he first joined and he is fluent in English now. I’m talking all the time, probably with a terrible accent, but I’m trying. Thumbs up means good.”
And it doesn’t look as though Taylor is the only one who is making the effort. This news has come after Sammy Ameobi last week admitted he also needed to brush up on the language: ‘Need to brush up on my French because this is just getting ridiculous lol’
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