Newcastle After French Striker

As a continuation of their already successful Youth Policy, Newcastle United are said to be looking closely at French forward Adama Diakite.

Neil Farrington is reporting the news in today’s local Sunday Sun, that Newcastle’s new chief scout Graham Carr, has recommended the player to Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.

The lad only turned 19 on 7th March, and still has to make his first team debut for Lens, and the France Under-18 international can play as a striker or behind the front two strikers.

Other top clubs are already on the youngster’s trail and they include Werder Bremen and Juventus.

The Sunday Sun is reporting that the teenager has just one year left on his contract, and is therefore expected to move during the summer.

Newcastle scouts, who seem to be in full swing these days getting ready for the summer transfer market, are understood to have watched Diakite in action for Lens’  Reserve side against Lille on Thursday evening.

Unfortunately we have been unable to find out too much more information regarding this youngster, but don’t confuse him with an another top Italian-based youngster of the same name.

Look for Newcastle to bring in three or four top teenagers during the summer months, and maybe Adama Diakite of Lens will be one of them.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Solaidback

    Mar 14, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Why would we want to buy a foreign striker who’s 19, when we have Ranger who’s only 18 himself, why not give Ranger the game time??

    Sounds a bit stupid buying players who’ve no experience of the English league, give our young strikers the chance instead!!

  • Sav

    Mar 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #2

    As its Sunday, I’ll just say ‘Amen’ to that.

  • singamagpie

    Mar 14, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #3

    If he’s better than Ranger, why not?

    A little competition would be good for both young strikers, and no one should ever feel than he deserve a chance unless he works hard for it.

  • Solaidback

    Mar 14, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #4

    So you’d rather we spend money we don’t have on a player & leave one of our most promising upcoming stars sit on the bench & most likely get fed-up & want to leave??

    Oh that sounds familiar, didn’t we do that with Milner & look at him now!!!

  • Elfy_Toon

    Mar 14, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Solaidback, we never did that to milner, he started nearly every game with us for 2/3 seasons. that one season he had 40 odd games with us and 20 with england under 21s. nothin wrong with adding a little competition to the young ones, be nice to keep them on their toes and try harder.

  • baro

    Mar 14, 2010 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #6
  • AngerOfTheNorth

    Mar 14, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Solaidback if this lad s better than Ranger, you buy the lad (on the cheap) and either Ranger improves or is sold. Why would you want the lesser of two players?!

    Besides, most teams play with two strikers, so why couldn’t both make it? Plus you need a total of 3-4 strikers in any squad. Besides, Ranger or the new land might not make it. Or we may simply train one or the other up and, if we have better options, sell them on at a profit.

    In short, if there are talented players available on the cheap, you buy them. We’ll profit one way or another.

  • baro

    Mar 14, 2010 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Like Sebastian Bassong was bought for less than 1 million and sold for over 8 million. Make the profit.


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