Sven Botman’s Newcastle United debut assessed as Eddie Howe explains ‘huge’ transition
Eddie Howe was forced into a reshuffle to cope with Matt Targett’s absence at Brighton and Hove Albion.
The £35million summer signing from Lille made his first start a little earlier than people anticipated after Matt Targett’s absence.
“I thought he did very well,” Howe said when asked about the 22-year-old. “He looked composed, solid and had a good partnership with Fabby [Schar].
“I was very pleased with him and I thought he used the ball very well, especially in the first half.
“To come here and be part of a backline that keeps a clean sheet albeit wasn’t always calm at the back.
“It was difficult in the second half but I thought Sven was top class.”
Howe admitted preparing without Targett was difficult but spoke glowing of Burn’s performance at full-back.
“I thought Dan did great today,” the 44-year-old said.
“It was very difficult. Although it’s a small transition across the pitch, it’s a huge one at the same time.
“He hadn’t played left-back for a long time but I thought he did very well against his former team.
“He put in one crucial block that saved us at a key time in the game.
“Overall, very pleased with his performance and his attitude to doing that position.”