Newcastle After French Striker

Newcastle United are reported to be on the trail of young French striker Jimmy Briand who turned 22 years old last August.

Apparently Newcastle scouts have watched the Stade Rennais starlet on several occasions this season, with a view to bringing the Frenchman to Tyneside, probably in the January transfer window.

This is in line with Chairman Mort’s strategy of finding future stars and bringing them to Newcastle while they are still in their development as young players.


Jimmy Briand – tall Rennais striker with superb speed

As usual it seems that manager Sam Allardyce was tracking Briand while he was at Bolton. Briand is 5’ 11” tall and has a physical presence combined with excellent speed. Newcastle need another front man to share the load with Mark Viduka, since it appears the opportunity for Ameobi at Newcastle is rapidly diminishing.

Oba Martins will be away on African Nations Cup duty in January it would appear that a move for Briand in January makes a lot of sense. Jimmy recently signed a new contract with Stade Rennais and is their top scorer this season with just 3 goals. Briand has played for Rennes a total of 81 times and scored 13 goals for the French club. He came into the limelight last season at Rennes with then partner John Utaka, who moved to Portsmouth in the summer.

Jimmy Briand was born on August 2, 1985 in Vitry-sur-Seine, France has also played for the French Under-21 team. Jimmy received his first call-up to the senior France National Team in May of this year, for the June European qualifiers against Ukraine and Georgia.

Briand is tipped to be one of France’s top strikers of the future, and his playing style has drawn comparisons with Thierry Henry, now at Barecelona. Other clubs, including Arsenal (of course), Saint-Étienne, Portsmouth and Lens are said to be interested in the striker.

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24 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #1

    get the recruits as early in the transfer window as possible. we dont want people taking time to gel together as they are doin now.

  • Stevey

    Oct 29, 2007 at 4:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Is it wrong to want this to be true on the basis of one 22 second clip?

    Don’t know anything about him, but seems to have athleticism in spades

  • Howay the black and white army

    Oct 29, 2007 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #3

    I think this is a good idea, and that he’s got talent. A brilliant move by BSA.

  • wsq

    Oct 29, 2007 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #4

    i don’t care even if we have wayne rooney or whoever upfront with stupid tactics like at reading we’re not going to achieve anything! if we don’t start playing football we are not going to get enough Ws

  • Tripp

    Oct 29, 2007 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #5

    This one’s got a little more substance to it:

    Not a lot of goals here in 4 minutes, but you get to see each one a few times.

  • Shane Coghlan

    Oct 29, 2007 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #6

    A good finisher but haven’t really seen what he is like on the ball yet.

  • aaron d

    Oct 29, 2007 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    he’s pretty good in football manager if that counts for anything.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 29, 2007 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m not one to trust videos on a player. Anybody can do well for 20 seconds. But you’ve got to look at more than that I think. But if Sam was after him at Bolton – you’ve got to believe he’s good. We like the idea of bringing these young lads in – as teenagers or in their early 20s. We’ll see what happens in January – but we have to strengthen the squad.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 29, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9


  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 29, 2007 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    I wouldn’t exactly class a 22 year old as being a future star still in development. Most kids, especially more attack-minded players, start showing potential at 14,15,16 – it’s not too unusual to see lads of 17, 18 playing at World Cups. I’m not saying he aint good or that we should look elsewhere – but somethings gone wrong somewhere if this is what Mort meant by bringing the best young talent to the Toon.

  • ToonKing

    Oct 29, 2007 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m with Toon Chicken, he’s little old, for being a “young talent” plus he’s goal record isn’t the best i’ve seen………………

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Oct 29, 2007 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #12

    I would have thought rather than more forwards we would looking at defenders. is Ameobi finished & what about Carroll & Donaldson in the youth.

  • indian toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #13

    you guys are finishing shola .. not big sam.. i can see a change of fortune for shola.

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 29, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #14

    yeah me too… it’s called the Championship 😉

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 29, 2007 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #15

    lol Toon Chicken … agree with Toon King, young talent should be anywhere u/18 maybe 19 if you’re remarkable but 22 years old – as a striker, you should at the very least have a pedigree similar to Martins who at the same age has score many more goals and at a higher level.

  • steve

    Oct 29, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    yeah – bollox to this, his stats are rubbish and at 22 he should be more of an established talent

  • arctoa (D.)

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #17

    Didier Drogba was nothing special at 22.
    Ian Wright didn’t even come into professional football ’til he was 22.
    It’s not too late ’til you’re hitting the age of Ameobi, whose time at the club must surely be coming to an end. I can see him, Babayaro and Carr being shipped out in January, although we’ll probably have to pay off Baba’s contract as I can’t see there being anyone desperate enough to take him on.

  • arctoa (D.)

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Hell, even Thierry Henry wasn’t anything particularly special ’til he signed for Arsenal and settled in, at which point he would have been something like 23.

  • iain

    Oct 29, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #19

    ive seen him play bit watching french footy on tv and he loks like he has amazing technique and plays like henry in a way. but you have to wonder why as a cf his scoring reord is so dire. and no top club has touched him.

    i think wenger was scouting him and obviously passed on signing him.

    look at benjani and utaka though there good players but they were hardly prolific in the french league.

    as for young english cf i wonder why no ones been after young crewe cf nicky maynard (20) his goal record in the lower leagues is 1 in 2 and he looks from what ive seen almost to0 good a footballer to be playing lower league football and almost suffers from being a footballer rather than a bully of a cf in those leagues.

    hes played well against pl opositon in the cups as well.

  • Leo

    Oct 29, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #20

    maybe his game isnt about getting goals. he maybe the goal getter for the other players.

    ive seen him play once a while back and he looked really good, i think we have got to be spreading the net a bit wider than france though tbh

    but good on mort, getting in 15 16 year olds is all very good but 22 is the ages where they can jump into the team if they play well in the reserves, create competition in the team, then THEN bring in younger players to further produce competition…

  • Ross

    Oct 29, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #21

    stade rennais are 3rd in the french league atm i think?
    and if he’s there top scorer this season, he cant be that bad. even if it is just 3 goals in 11 appearances :/
    gotta agree with a few other lads though..when chris mort said they were looking for the best in young talent, i didnt think he was looking in the region of 22/23 year olds
    i assumed he’d be looking for anything within the region of 17-21, at the oldest!

  • Ross

    Oct 29, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #22

    stade rennais are 3rd in the french league atm i think?
    and if he’s there top scorer this season, he cant be that bad. even if it is just 3 goals in 11 appearances :/
    gotta agree with a few other lads though..when chris mort said they were looking for the best in young talent, i didnt think he was looking in the region of 22/23 year olds
    i assumed he’d be looking for anything within the region of 17-21, at the oldest!
    if he’s got talent though, then well done BSA and chris mort should we grab him.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Waste ofg money, many clubs were after him ni january and Rennes wanted around 8 mil.

  • Tom_Toon

    Oct 29, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Tall? 5ft 11 pretty average, and if he was a brilliant future porspect he wouild be younger and he would already be ing the France A swuad not the france B and 13 goals in 81 game sin the french ligue, not what i would call good.


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