We just watched the Cameroon vs Denmark game, in which quite a few former Newcastle players and Magpie targets, played in the game.
Vincent Aboubakar – 18 year-old Cameroon International
Jon Dahl Tomasson played at center-forward for Denmark and supposed loan target for next season Christian Poulsen played in midfield for Denmark but it was his mistake that led to the Cameroon goal by Samuel Eto’o.
In the Cameroon side were players who were at Newcastle a year ago – Geremi and Sebastien Bassong, and although Geremi, who played with Mjitap on his back, just to confuse everybody (his full name is Geremi Sorele Njitap Fotso), had a decent game and put in some good crosses from the right wing.
23 year-old Bassong seemed a little unsteady at the back for Cameroon, his 9th cap, and was replaced late in the game for a forward in a tactical move by Cameroon manager Paul Le Guen.
Former Newcastle target Stéphane Mbia played the whole game for Cameroon tonight, and looked decent in the middle of the park, and of course while he was at Rennes until last summer, he was often mentioned as a Newcastle target. Whether that was true or not we have no idea.
But the youngster who caught our eye tonight was the boy who came on near the end – 18 year-old Vincent Aboubakas, as he completely fits the profile of players Newcastle should be after this summer.
This year has been a whirlwind for the FC Valenciennes striker. He broke onto the scene a couple of years ago in the summer 2008 as a 16 year-old phenom, and the lad’s only now coming to terms with just how good he could become.
Aboubakar began his career with Coton Sport Garoua , a Cameroonian club based in Garoua, who play at the Stade Omnisport de Garoua, in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) League in Cameroon.
In 2008 the club finished runners up in the CAF Champions League, and last summer Aboubakar was promoted to their first team squad, and last month he signed with French club FC Valenciennes after leaving Coton Sport.
On 18th August of last year, at age 17, he was called in the Cameroon national under-20 football team squad for the Francophonie Games in Beirut, and the youngster has since made very rapid progress by making the Cameroon 23-man squad for this year’s FIFA World Cup Finals, and he doesn’t turn 19 until next January.
The youngster also has an eye for goal, as earlier this year he scored 4 goals for the first time ever, when playing for Coton Sport against Fovou. Vincent is one of the three youngest players to be selected for the 2010 World Cup squads, and he made his debut for Cameroon in a Friendly match just three weeks ago on 29th May, against Slovakia.
This lad is a forward and stands 6′ tall, and he must be good to make the Cameroon World Cup squad at just 18 years old, and it may not take too much to buy him for Newcastle (maybe).
We mention Vincent only because there seem to be a number of very good players, who are relatively unknown, at the World Cup Finals, and it wouldn’t be a bad idea if Chris Hughton got on the plane to South Africa and linked up with his Newcastle scouts, and took a good hard look at a few of these players, especially the younger lads in the squads.
Finally, we should also mention that Tottenham Hotspur are at least one Premiership club who are following Vincent Aboubakar closely.
What do you think?