In August we wrote that Chief Scout Graham Carr was an important cog in the Newcastle wheel.
Graham Carr – responsible for French Legion now at Newcatsle
And nothing that’s happened this season dims that view one little bit, as the new French players on Tyneside seem to have given new life to a club that was reeling from losing four of their best players this year.
Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton all left the club, but new players like Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan and youngsters Mehdi Abeoid and Davide Santon, look to have made the squad stronger, if anything.
And with Joey Barton having gone, we now no longer have to be concerned about the tweets he still sends out, with the latest one calling Karl Henry of Wolves a Sunday League player.
We wonder when the FA is going to act on these social networks being used by the players, and put in some restrictions, to save the players from themselves.
You cannot have Joey mouthing off after every game, like he did after the Wolves game, and all the headlines were then subsequently about him, and the great QPR performance almost went unnoticed – at least in the gossip press.
We think Joey’s even bringing the game into disrepute, and if the FA had any guts they’d do something about it, but we will not hold our breath on that one.
The dressing room at Newcastle seems very solid, and the set plays on the field, that Barton used to take, have been assumed by Yohan Cabaye, and the French International is doing an excellent job too.
A stat that stands out from Yohan’s performance at Villa Park last Saturday, is that he made made 91% of the passes he attempted in the game, and of course he was Newcastle’s star player and almost scored three times to get Newcastle the victory.
Yohan Cabaye looks a wonderful player and the season is still young.
But the other lads who were scouted by Graham Carr and brought to the club, are also starting to look good, and you throw in a certain Hatem Ben Arfa to that mix, and Newcastle have some excellent French players in their ranks.
And they even look to have filled the rather large void left by our four former star players leaving the club.
Wonder who Graham is scouting these days in the French league – any ideas?
Players come and go, and managers come and go, but Newcastle United will go on forever.
Viva la Newcastle!