Newcastle Assistant Manager John Carver is participating fully in the huge Newcastle recruitment drive for the summer, which is already well under way.
John Carver – very involved with the scouting missions
The Newcastle scouts, along with Alan Pardew and John Carver will be out again next weekend, which is an FA Cup weekend, to watch some of Newcastle’s top targets across Europe.
Of course Alan will be keeping close to his chest who the real targets are this summer, and we’ll no doubt be linked with many many players this summer – but what’s new?
And it’s likely to be even more than usual because the gossip press knows Newcastle have that £35M available from the Andy Carroll sale.
John Carver told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Ideally, you would love to be playing to keep some momentum.” “But when the break came up last time and we knew we were out the cup it was an ideal opportunity for us to go out and watch games.”
“Some were in this country and some were abroad, without going into too much detail or give anything away.” “It’s good for us to get out there and look at some of our targets.”
“You watch different teams and different systems, how teams play and how they handle it.” “There is no pressure on you, you’re just watching players, so it is enjoyable.” “But the tactical side of it is also interesting. It’s a good learning process.”
It promises to be one of the most exciting summers for Newcastle fans for a quite a while, as the squad already looks more than good enough to hold its own in the Premier League this season.
We did take the opportunity to watch Gervinho play last Sunday for Lille against Lyon on TV in the 1-1 draw, and he looked very fast and quite dangerous, and can play on either wing, and he has already scored 11 goals this season for Lille.
The 23 year-old Ivory Coast International is averaging around one goal every two games for the French side, and reports today suggest that Aston Villa and Gerard Houllier are very keen on the player at around £15M.
But his contract at Lille runs out in 18 months time, so we’d be surprised if he will cost that much, and 10M was a previous figure mentioned.
But it does seem that Alan Pardew wants to bring some players with some speed into the side – and that would be another dimension to Newcastle’s play next season.