Cucurella hails “first game of many” which fans may be a little worried about

We’ve been ultra critical of Marc Cucurella at times in the last two years – and rightfully so. He’s been very poor, and looks a long way off ever being good enough to be a regular for us.

But that’s not his fault – he’s doing his best – and his price tag wasn’t his decision either. He seems like a nice guy, and he did a job for us on Monday night in difficult circumstances.

He hadn’t played since he his ankle surgery in December, and without so much as a minute as a sub he was thrown into action against Newcastle in a very important home game.

Speaking to the club’s official site after the game, he revealed his feelings on making his return:

“It’s not easy when you’re a player and you’re out injured – it’s difficult,” Cucurella explained.

“I tried to work hard and put everything into my work. I had the opportunity to play and I’m really happy that I could help the team and stay on the pitch. Hopefully, it’s the first game of many.

“I think the team played really well. We dominated the game, but we conceded two easy goals and I think we need to improve on this. We deserved the win and I’m very happy for the team.”

He made a few mistakes, but that’s to be expected after so long out really. In the end he made it through the game and we came away with 3 points. We hope he’s ready to play again – we’re going to see a lot more of him before the end of the season with Ben Chilwell out.


  1. Never questioned his character, only his athleticism. He has the technical skill and the IQ, but just lacks the pace and physicality to be an effective regular in the Premier League. Perfectly fine with him as a “squad” player given his work ethic.

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