Newcastle's French contingent have not one but two languages to learn, according to David Ginola.

A silky winger, Ginola was one of the most successful foreign imports in the early years of the Premier League and Newcastle fans will hope some of the current crop can have half the impact.

Having arrived on Tyne-side in the summer of 1995 Ginola won the Premier League's Player of the Month for August in his first month at the club, and the exciting winger believes the current contingent should follow his lead.

Speaking to The Mirror, Ginola said: "The best reward for me was that people questioned how I would do in England and in the North-East but I arrived on July 14, started the season and I was voted player of the month for August.

"It means I settled down pretty quickly and learned about things pretty quickly, and this is what they should do."

Newcastle currently have 10 Frenchmen in the first-team squad but according to Ginola that's not an issue providing they embrace the culture, and that means learning more than just the one language.

"If a club wants to buy 10, 12, 15 French players - or Spanish, or German - that's up to the club. The only concern is that they do well for the club.

"You can't just arrive in Newcastle and say, 'I'm just going to live my life, I don't want to understand the culture.'

"When you are from Saint Tropez, and you play four years in Paris, and you arrive in the North-East of England, you think that people speak English, but in fact they speak Geordie. So for me it was like a foreign language - but another foreign language," he said.

Ginola, who went on to have spells at Tottenham, where he would pick up the PFA and Football Writers player of the year award in 1999, Aston Villa and Everton, believes that an unwillingness to learn the language will have a negative affect on the team as a whole.

He said: "It could be bad if all the French players stick too much together; you don't speak English, you speak French together in the dressing room. That could be a problem.

"It's also a problem with English-speaking players. I've been in this situation before when I was speaking in French with some of my friends, sometimes English players start to get annoyed because they think we are talking about them.

"It can bring some issues in a dressing room and this is something you have to avoid."

The influx of players from across the channel is working for Alan Pardew's men at the moment as they sit in eight place in the Premier League.

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