Three New French Based Players Could Be Arriving In January

French football expert Ben Lyttleton has today talked about how well Newcastle have done,  with their concentration recently in buying French-based players.

Alain Traore – could arrive in January?

With the game against Manchester City coming up on Saturday, Newcastle are getting some good publicity for their terrific start to the season.

And also the way they have managed to bring in some top players with bargain buys, and still managed to decrease the wage bill is also being scrutinized.

Seems like that’s against the Conservation of Energy somehow. 😀

But Ben knows what he’s talking about and this is what he told the BBC today:

“Newcastle are building a team with a coherent strategy and a concept that other players can buy into.”

“Newcastle scouted Yohan Cabaye for five years. The coach convinced him he could improve his game.”

“He was a French champion with Lille who turned his back on the Champions League – now he is a France regular.”

“Cabaye admitted he gets paid more at Newcastle,” “He told a French magazine, ‘What I get here, I would never have earned at Lille’.”

“Whether or not the successful results continue, Newcastle will still sign players from France.”

“They have agreed a deal with Sochaux for striker Modibo Maiga in January – and have been linked with Olivier Giroud from Montpellier and Alain Traore at Auxerre.”

We think there will be quite a few analysts dissecting what Newcastle have done over the last two years, especially this year, as they seemed to have captured some great players at low prices, something that differentiates us from Manchester City, that’s for sure.

Graham Carr is starting to get the kudos he deserves as the Newcastle Chief Scout, and it seems that Newcastle are hardly putting on the brakes in terms of their hiring.

As Ben notes, it looks like Newcastle will be bringing in both striker Mobido Maiga from Sochaux and 22 year-old midfielder Alain Traore of Auxerrte, and possibly also striker Olivier Giroud from Montpellier.

Alain Traore, the Burkina Fasowho International, has a great left foot, and has been a big hit in the French League this season.

And he has been getting some very good reviews, and already has 6 goals for his club, so he would seem to be an excellent signing by Newcastle in January, if the club can pull it off.

We say possibly with Giroud, because we’d be surprised if Newcastle bring in two strikers in January, but they’ve shocked us before, so it may happen,

Newcastle will also bring in another center-back and it could be Dutch International Erik Pieters of PSV, who can play left back or center-back, and he would be an excellent addition to the squad.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Some dutch players would help 2, not that french based players are bad but, iwd like some variety please.

    its spice of life.

  • Dannyo

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    All i can say is; Not long until January now…

  • Toon Tang

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    footballers are like crisps. its good to have a differing selection, but if they are to the same quality and standards as we have already brought in then a few extra french will be reet.

    would love a few of our home grown geordies to come through like how it used to be. Does wallsend boys still supply the demand or what ??


    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Can’t see us getting 2 strikers tbh and the prices being quoted seem too high for our taste on other players

    More likely we will get players we haven’t been linked with. On a side note Ranger looks to be close to a loan move before next week which put a smile on my face

  • nufc4lifeinoz

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    who cares where they come from if they have the talent and the right attitude,,,,,,go toon!!!!!!!!

  • Dannyo

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    A striker and a defender at best imo. I don’t see us going for a midfielder until another one leaves. Smith for example…

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s funny you get the impression we have a lot of French players and it’s great that we do. However, it’s only really Cabaye who is getting a regular gig. Ben Arfa, Marveux, Obertan are all out injured and have been for a while, while
    Abeid and Moyo are really just on the fringes.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #8


    Smith is too selfish to leave.

  • markmac

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    he’ll be gone soon anyway so whoever comes in will probably be on less anyway like….even if it means paying em both for 4/5mths

  • carrollsinger

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    Simmo/santon Taylor colo pieters
    Marv tiote cabaye guti
    BA. Maiga
    What a team top 6!

  • geoff777

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11


    “Smith is too selfish to leave.”

    A great player, ex-club captain.
    Why should he take a massive pay cut.
    He’s entitled to the salary negotiated in his contract.

    Nothing selfish about it.

  • markmac

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Looking on a positive note, at least were looking to replace players before they leave! ie smith/loverkrands next summer, unlike days gone by like, i can remember us playing paul huntington at LB omg he was shat !

  • wynsleap

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda heights @7 Spot on. You beat me to it there.
    Still – wouldn’t mind some more coming in. We could be supplying half the French team in two or three years!

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 17, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14


    Smith – a great player. Please !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    That has to be the stupidest, dumbest, most idiotic comment I’ve heard in years. You now officially have no credibility whatsoever
    He can’t pass, he can’t run, he can’t tackle, he can’t score in a brothel and give stiupide free kicks away with kamikaze lunges

    It’s thing called pride Geoff. When you know you’re not good enough and not wanted and you’re preventing someone better taking your place, but still hang around like a bad smell leeeching the money.

  • wynsleap

    Nov 17, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #15

    Rotonda – you’re having a good morning.
    Got to agree with you again re Smith.
    He has brought virtually nothing to the table in the time he’s been here and more often than not has been a liability when he has been introduced. When he does leave, his obscene wages (for his ‘contribution’) will come in really handy to reward someone who can actually play a significant role for this club.

  • Tiote

    Nov 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #16

    It’s the fact he doesn’t want 2 play football for his wage. If he did he would of left by nw. Bit lyk Owen at man u. Happy 2 sit on the bench n pick up his wage. Waste of space kind of footballer.

  • Rowan Milsted

    Nov 17, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17

    It amazes me how people think they know so much about these people and what goes on behind the scenes. Owen’s a waste of space? He’s managed to play through career threatening injuries, plays at one of the top teams in the world and still scores goals nearly every times he plays. Why are people so bitter about him? Owen is an excellent player and a model professional. It’s not his fault we paid £17m for him and he was injured a lot. I doubt that’s the way he’d have liked to spend his time at Newcastle. He still scored a few vital goals or us and he puts in 100% whoever he plays for.

  • dimkinss

    Nov 17, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18

    I agree with signing a left legged striker who can actually deliver..the most improtant thing is he has to be hardworking..even if he doesn’t score goals, he has to work hard and creat chances…more like kuyt. Smith……hmm, u see, smith is actually a hardworker. He’s not talented but his ego staunted his development, so the younger players have taken his place. What goslior guthrie is doing is what smith ougth to be doing. Midfielders of his type are very good for their teams at his age. butHe’s not even a good inspiration for the younger players. The coach is however in the best position to do something with him. We need more left sided players..a winger..a natural left sided winger and a natural left back to replace hose.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #19

    I used to be one of the few people to take on a more lenient attitude towards Owen for the same reasons that
    Rowan Milsted pointed out,but since he’s left reading some of his comments I cant stand the smug little Welsh twa#t and take great pleasure in hearing news of yet another injury.

  • Tiote

    Nov 17, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Owen was only anygud at Liverpool n always England. Wot did he do 4 us? A few poxzy goal here n ther. He done nwt at Madrid hes done nwt 4 us n he’s currently warmin the bench at utd getin th odd carling cup game against th likes of Leeds. How many league games did this EXCELLENT player play last season? Is he getin any games this season? Nxt al here Karl Cort was an excellent player coz he scored th odd goal 4 us.

  • Sav

    Nov 17, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #21

    The higher you go, the harder to maintain this strategy. We are basically doing what Wigan started – offering a shop window to players to get themselves in the spotlight. We can also offer big crowds and attention because of our fanbase. City can’t really do that. Carr has done very well. But I’d be surprised if we don’t sell Tiote and Cabaye within 18 months.and if Liverpool offer 10 mil for Colo, he’ll be out the door as well.

  • Scottishtoon95

    Nov 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #22

    I really don’t understand why owen’s 6 week injury was big news the other day. I turned on SKY sports news and “Breaking news, Manchester United’s Michael Owen will be out for up to six weeks with another injury. He barely gets on the bench for fook sake! They didn’t say it like that when tiote/obertan were injured and they’re are starters!

  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #23

    smith is a very good footballer. a striker turned ball winning midfielder. he is hard working and tries his best. he hasnt left as theres no one showing interest to date. rightly so we have better players in the first 11 but he does a lot to help younger players. i also believe he has a right to get payed each week based on the contract he signed. so please dont talk out your arse lads..


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