Cameroon’s Vincent Aboubakar One To Watch For Newcastle

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?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • G

    Jun 19, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #1

    I’ve heard the name bandied about some of the rumor pages, but have yet to see his name linked with us, but from what I have seen of the guy so far (very little if I am honest) I see potential, but very little else. I would happily give the kid a trial and see how he gets on, but I don’t see any reason to scream in and sign him just yet.

  • tom tomb

    Jun 19, 2010 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #2

    He is a young Chris Eubank.

  • jimiley

    Jun 19, 2010 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #3

    We will be watching a load of players but they will be playing for the opposition. We will put them in a black and white shirt if they are free, cost two bob and will settle for shoe shiners wages.

  • nightfa11

    Jun 19, 2010 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #4

    birsa, brecko & dos santos for 15 mio

    brecko taylor colo enrique
    birsa guthrie barton jonas
    carroll dos santos

  • boater

    Jun 19, 2010 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Just been reading about how Jong Tae-se wants a move to the english prem… the lad would be the prefect foil playing off wor andy – very technical, pure power, speed, finishing and more passion than the entire english team put together.

    Just watching him in tears for the anthem – love it!! hard to imagine a more perfect club/player marriage than jong and the toon army.

    Also Michael Bradley has been outstanding for the US – have a feeling he may end up somewhere like AC though.

  • tom tomb

    Jun 20, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Boater he is like a young Craig Bellamy.

  • Thump

    Jun 20, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    Comment #7


    I actually forgot to watch this one. Bugger 🙁

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 20, 2010 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #8

    boater, I thought he’d be perfect for us too! No other club would love his passion more than us, he’s cheap and would give us something we don’t have loads of; technical skill mixed with amazing work ethic.
    He’s like a better version of Kevin Doyle, but cheaper!

    Also nightfa11, those three wouldn’t cost £15 million, probably more like £10 mil.

    I’d like to see these brought in:
    Jong Tae-Se (ST) – £2,000,000
    Giovani dos Santos (ST) – Loan
    Peter Whittingham (LW) – £2,000,000
    Miles Addison (CB) – £1,500,000
    Luke Wilkshire (RB) – £3,000,000
    Domingo Salcedo (LB) – £500,000

    Leon Best – £500,000
    Xisco – £2,000,000
    Kazenga LuaLua – £500,000

    Ranger – Loan
    Forster – Loan
    Inman – Loan
    Kadar – Loan

    And I’d see if a different formation worked well, something like this:

    ——Loverman———————–dos Santos

    Obviously Enrique and Wilkshire would get forward which would mean a lot of attacking options going forward whilst keeping a good amount of defenders back. And Coloccini could step up into a CDM role and hassle whoever’s on the ball whilst leaving two CBs like we normally would

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2010 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Howay The Lads – I’m with you there.

    Funny you should mention Doyle. I think he had a decent season but not convinced he’d be the best way for us to invest our limited (non-existent) summer budget.

    Jong Tae-Se would give us the explosive pace, craft and technique around the edge of the box we’ve been lacking for a while now. And you’re damned right – I think he’d respond well to the passion of the fans, and they him.

    Anyways, anyways you get the picture – I rate the lad, haha.

    Luke wilkshire is a cracking player but I think he’d be ruled out on age grounds at nearly 29. Maybe gunter – but I think CH likes what he has now as options at RB- Simpson/R Taylor/ S Taylor

    Whittingham is a no-brainer – one year on his contract so I reckon 1/1.5 would do it, going off similar transfers recently.

    The dream team:

    Connor Wickham – 4m
    Jong Tae-Se – 2.5m
    Whittingham – 1m
    Onuoha – 5m

    S Wright

    s taylor/colo/onuoha/enrique

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 20, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Hate to break it to ya, boater, but Omid Djalili is comedian and not a footballer 😉

    Anyways shift’s over, so nighty night

  • geordielad880

    Jun 20, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #11

    All I can say is thank god none of you are newcastle manager, you are saying we should buy players based on watching them once or twice at the world cup:- Jong Tae-Se etc. And also miles addison, he is a total crock, and he played good against newcastle, but thats one game, dos santos has played well at the world cup, but has already proven the prem doesn suit his game, and he had a horrible attitude. Finding the right players takes months of scouting, and background checks, not just 1-2 matches, thats why we are, where we are now, because of terrible signings by terrible managers, and peter wittingham wont cut it in the premiership either, this season was a one off, mark my words.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 20, 2010 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Has Allan Carr’s dad actually succesfully scouted anyone for us yet ?

  • geordielad880

    Jun 20, 2010 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #13

    yeah leon best, im sure he was newcastle scout when we signed him

  • AngelOfDeath

    Jun 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Like I mention already,Simon Kjaer is class. That Laser-guided diagonal Ball travelled about 61metres to Dennis Rommedahl is Splendid.

    Hardly see any Centre-Back doing that. Though He is reportedly the target of several top clubs,He has all the basic ingredients to succeed. He Likes to tackle,doesn’t mind an aerial battle and he can certainly pass the ball well.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 20, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #15

    geordielad880 – in that case come back dennis Wise, all is forgiven !!

  • flair20

    Jun 20, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #16

    Guys, I have some bad news….. we have no money.

  • boater

    Jun 20, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #17

    geordielad 880 –

    1) I’d seen Jong watching the j-league games on tv as well as in the qualifier games against south korea. He’s a massive name in asian football – was in every single ‘one to watch’ list pre-world cup and even a couple of people on here mentioned him before the brazil game. Jeez gizza bit more credit.

    2) who said they thought they were a manager at nufc? no one’s questioning CH one jot – ye big ninny. But this is called a blog !? yee knaa to share thoughts – ah man it’s the world cup isn’t that half the fun?

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jun 20, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #18

    All you huys can dream on we ain’t spendfing any money loans & free transfers only everyone elses cast offs.

  • Howay The Lads

    Jun 20, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #19

    Maybe we should all just slit our wrists. That’s the way I honestly feel when I see some of the comments on this blog


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