News today in the local papers that Newcastle are preparing to sign French defender Danny Situ.
Danny Situ – 20 year-old defender to sign on at Newcastle
The 20 year-old impressive French Youth International defender has apparently done well a trial on Tyneside, and will now be joining his former team-mate at Lens, Mehdi Abeid at Newcastle.
Abeid was signed as a free agent in the summer.
Newcastle are said to be close to a deal for the player, that will have Newcastle pay more than £250K up front to Lens, with various additions to that, depending on how well Danny does at Newcastle.
While Newcastle fans were used to big signings during the Freddy Shepherd era, these deals are the important ones at Newcastle these days, and Danny could be pressing for a first team position very soon, and it’s good to see a defender signed.
Rather than pay out say £15M for a player, Newcastle hope to now produce them on Tyneside, by getting top youngsters into the club early – that’s the strategy anyway.
But we knew about Danny before he arrived on trial, and he’s a very good player indeed.
Danny’s a top French youngster, who will initially be part of the development squad, much like Abeid is, but Mehdi is already pushing to get into the first team picture.
Daniel Situ-Buyente (Danny Situ) stands 6’2″ tall and is a leader on and off the field, who has captained all the French youth sides he has played in, and he scored one of Newcastle’s goals in their 5-0 win over Gateshead Reserves last week.
Danny was born in Rouen in March, 1992, is of Congolese descent and plays as a center back or as a defensive midfielder, and the lad is known for his robust physique and sheer physical strength.
Situ looks a top prospect and has played at U16, U17, U18 and U19 levels for France.
Nothing yet regarding the other Lens youngster who is on trial at Newcastle, 19 year-old William Rémy, who is also a French Youth International.
It’s good news that Danny is coming to Newcastle, and he’s another one scouted by Graham Carr.