Newcastle After 19 year-old French Whiz Kid

The rumors are starting to grow again about the players Newcastle may be after in January, but it’s a little different this time in that we are being linked with youngsters whose best years are still ahead of them. We are going to cover these even if they turn out to be false, because it will at least give us good information on the great youngsters coming through worldwide, and we are very keen on getting them to Newcastle.

That’s just one of the strategies Chris Mort has laid out for Newcastle United, and it reflects the Arsenal methodology that has been so successful under Arsene Wenger and his fabulous back-room staff.


Chris Mort – putting some great strategies in place to bring Newcastle back to greatness

Everyone can see how it’s paid off big time at the London club since Wenger seems to be able to field two teams of almost equal quality. And even their youth team can draw 38,000 fans to the Emirates!

If Newcastle can do half as well as Arsenal in the next 2 years we’ll have some star young talent at the club ready to come through. It’s also great business for the club, which is also important. We think it’s an excellent strategy and uses Sam’s strengths and the scouting staff we now have in place world-wide thanks to signing Big Sam last May. We’ve already reported that we look to be on the trail of Loic Remy of Lyon, a 6′ tall 20 year-old Lyon striker who has so far played 7 times for the French giants and currently plays for the France Under-21 team.


Etiene Capoue – future French star?

Now we are said to be after Etienne Capoue, who is younger than Remy and is at Toulouse, but has yet to play for their first team. These two young Frenchman are reportedly the best two youngsters coming though in France – and we are well aware of the talent that country produced. We have a good example in our own great Zog on the Tyne – Charles N’Zogbia – who has been little short of fantastic for us this season. He is the third highest rated player by Actim and at left back, but Sam does allow him to attack often down the left wing.

Capoue was a star of the French side in the European Under-19 Championship which reached the semi-finals in Austria this summer. He turned 19 just last July and stands 6’1” tall. Etiene plays defensive midfield but is also comfortable at center-back, and it may be hard for Toulouse to keep the talented youngster for much longer, especially if a decent bid is received.

Another interesting fact and probably an advantage for the Magpies is that both Remy and Capoue share the same agent. That agent, Federic Guerra, was involved in the deal to bring former Lyon skipper Claudio Cacapa to Tyneside in August.

We’d love to see three or four youngsters like this signed in the January transfer window and then three or four star players who can walk straight into our first team. That would certainly accelerate Newcastle rise back to greatness – which make no mistake, we are on. Forget the Man City and Arsenal defeats, we think we’ll find out that Man City are the big surprise team this year and Arsenal’s youngsters are fabulous, that’s the truth. Keep the faith.

Comments Welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 1, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Hope that net is cast far and wide. Africa, Asia, South America included, but also not discarding anyone British as possible transfer targets to. Would be great to get in some more youngsters. It’s only natural progression as guys like Viduka, Cacapa, Given, Harper, Butt, Carr are all 30 plus and by the time they retire, guys like Geremi, Faye, Babayaro, Smith, Duff would be pushing 30 plus too and if they with us would be considered the seniors these lads would need to look up to. Which is why Sam has to play with his transfer kitty in such a way that we have only top quality seniors to pass the torch on to youngsters, otherwise bad examples lead to more bad examples. The future looks promising , sometimes I just wish it would hurry up. 🙂

  • Ivan

    Oct 1, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    get them both!

  • apan

    Oct 1, 2007 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    hope its not another HUGO VIANA!

  • Peeters

    Oct 1, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    The reason the system works so good at arsenal is that they scout younsters with the brief that they have to be good enough to fit directly in the first team and the style/system of play.

    Each european scout has to have seen the player before a desicion is made to sign the player.

    The fact that Sam hasnt decided on our best system (4-3-3 when Owen isnt playing or 4-4-2 when Owen is playing of when we are behind and chasing the game) makes me think that we are some way off getting the arsenal way of scouting and bringing through young talent

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 1, 2007 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Not disputing the fact he wasn’t exactly successful and didn’t live up to the promise at Newcastle and at the end of his stint looked one tenth the amount paid for him. Bought for 11, sold for 1.1. A promising talent mismanaged – whether that be Lisbon agreeing to sell or Newcastle throwing him in the deep end. I know HV is a sore topic subject still amongst us but I’m hoping rather that when we get someone like that again, that we properly manage and blood the youngster in such a way that we don’t end up ruining on placing the player on the path of ruining his career.

    I actually feel for HV. As a player trying to make a living having had so much promise and now is a shadow of the promise he once showed. What a waste.

  • Hammy

    Oct 1, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Nice link Craig…It’s funny how things can easily go pear shaped for highly rated youngsters…..and how sometimes the damage is unrrepairable.
    Viana came to the toon with glowing endorsements from top European coaches yet a few seasons later they wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole.

    Hopefully we won’t make that mistake again……..

    Off topic….anybody else knackered from yesterdays North Run?????
    saw number girl Carol Vorderman and she looked FIT.

  • leo

    Oct 1, 2007 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #7

    haha shes pushing 50s isnt she? i really want to see some attacking midfielders, who is available?


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