‘Terrible’: Expert says a Newcastle star had a ‘very difficult evening’ in Milan.

Sandro Tonali had a “very difficult evening” against his former employers AC Milan in the Champions League, but Danny Murphy believes the summer signing from Newcastle United will do well under Eddie Howe.

Murphy, the former England international, knows from experience how difficult it can be to return to his old stomping ground before dealing with the players he used to share the dressing room with.

Therefore, the former Liverpool midfielder has great sympathy for Sandro Tonali. Newcastle United’s £60million record signing endured a tough return home during the season Magpies‘First Champions League encounter in two long decades.

Sandro Tonali
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Newcastle’s Sandro Tonali is struggling with Milan’s return

“(Tonali is) a super talent,” says Murphy talkSPORT (September 20, 10 a.m.). “It was a very difficult evening for him. I can only think back to the first time I returned to Liverpool. It was the most terrifying experience ever. Terrible.

“(Tonali) seemed a little inhibited, but he is a super talent. He can play in different positions and has good feet. He and Bruno (Guimaraes) will do it.”

A month later, Tonali’s goal debut in the opening 5-1 win over Aston Villa feels a bit like a “false dawn”; The most expensive signing in Newcastle’s history has struggled to produce consistent similar performances during an inconsistent start to Eddie Howe’s second full season at the helm.

Problems arise

Tonali failed to thwart his beloved Milan as Newcastle narrowly managed to keep the scoreline 0-0, while his defensive acumen was again called into question Rossoneri cut through Howe’s midfield like a sharpened blade through a thick Thanksgiving turkey.

AC Milan vs Newcastle United FC: Group F – UEFA Champions League 2023/24
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This isn’t the first time Tonali’s work rate has been questioned either. Alan Shearer expressed his concerns after the Italian failed to keep out a Brighton shot in their recent 3-1 thrashing at The Amex.

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