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?