You trained with Robin for the first time yesterday – how did he look?
He looks good. You can see just from one training session the qualities he has which we know all about anyway because of all the times we’ve played against him. He brought that lift to training that a top player brings and that all bodes well.
It’s obviously an exciting signing for the fans – is it the same for the players?
Oh yeah. The players are just like the fans in terms of talking about who we might sign and wondering which players might come in. It’s always very exciting for us when we sign new players because you know that whoever comes in with have a lot of quality and will help improve the team.
Aside from goals, what will he bring to the squad?
His movement is so good and he’s got a real presence. He’s big and strong with a great left foot and he scores all types of goals – poacher-type goals, goals from long distance, free-kicks, penalties… he’s just an all-round top player. And he’s improved so much over the last few years as we’ve seen by his performances and his goals.
What’s he like as a person?
He’s good guy and he’s fitted in really quickly with the lads on and off the pitch. It’s a good dressing room to come into to be fair – there’s a good team spirit and the lads are always great at making a new player feel welcome. All the new players have been welcomed into the dressing room – Shinji, Nick and now Robin and they’ve all settled in well.
Some people have talked about van Persie being that bit older than the type of signings the manager has tended to make in recent years, but