I’m not the only Newcastle fan who thinks Graham Carr is worth his weight in gold to Newcastle United.
Papiss Cisse – Carr watched him when he was playing in France
The players he has scouted for Newcastle – Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse to name but four, cost Newcastle around £18M – and how much are these players worth today?
A decent estimate may be north of £60M, and that’s the point – Graham is worth an awful lot to Newcastle, and we hope he’s being well compensated by the club.
Graham has been scouting for various clubs for about 14 years, since he left football management with Weymouth, and of course when he arrived at Newcastle, the players he was following became possible Newcastle acquisitions.
And so it turned out, with the above four being worth a collective £40M more today, than when they were signed on by Newcastle.
While Graham scours the French market the most, Germany is also a happy hunting ground for him, and that’s where he scouted both Papiss Cisse.
Graham talked about scouting Cisse, who has been a sensation with 13 goals in 14 appearances since joining Newcastle in January from SC Frieburg:
“ I spend a fair bit of time in Germany because I think Germany’s style of football is similar to ours, and of course that’s where we signed Papiss Cisse from.”
But I watched Papiss Cisse long before Freiburg – I was watching him even before he had a European passport! I watched Yohan Cabaye for a long time too.”
“I’ve been doing the job for 14 years for different clubs; Tottenham for five years, Manchester City for seven, so it’s not as if it’s new to me, the job. And the players aren’t new to me either.”
Papiss Cisse was signed by SC Freiburg in December of 2009, and before that Papiss played at French club Metz, and was on loan during his time there at Cherbourg and Châteauroux, so it looks like Graham first spotted the Senegal striker when he was playing in France.
And it seems Newcastle are also very disciplined in the transfer market these days, and if no suitable player is available, like a striker to replace Andy Carroll last summer, then Newcastle just don’t make the signing.
As it turns out, it was really worth the wait for Pasiss Cisse.