Martin Jol: "He is a number four, he is a holding midfield player.
"I can remember going there and he didn't play. I had a problem at left-back so played him there.
"After a couple of months he played in the national team, so he is very versatile.
"He can play left-back and right-back but his best position is probably the number four position.
"As you well know, it is not easy for players who come from foreign countries to settle straight away and that is why he needed a couple of months."
Source: Newcastle United Mad