Graham Carr On Romain Amalfitano – He’ll Be A Brilliant Player

There was good news yesterday that Newcastle’s Chief Scout Graham Carr has singed a new eight year deal,  that keeps him scouting at Newcastle until he’s 75 years old.

Romain Amalfitano – another youngster scouted by Graham Carr

That was one bit of good news plus the fact that former Newcastle boss Chris Hughton is back in the Premier League, as the new manager of Norwich City.

And the new contract for Carr seemed to come right out of the blue, for the Corbridge-born life-long Newcastle fan, but we have to suspect some other top clubs may have been sniffing around.

Graham has been responsible for bringing players like Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse to the club, among others, and his record over the last 30 months at Newcastle as the Chief Scout, is simply outstanding.

Graham has that rare skill of being to spot a good player before they have fully developed, and the latest player he has brought to Newcastle is 22 year-old former Reims midfielder Romain, and the lad has been playing in France’s second division.

So it’s interesting to see what Graham thinks of the 22 year-old:

“He’s been playing for Reims who were promoted last year. He was playing regularly but he was out of contract. He’s only played in the French second division but he’s a good player and he boosts the squad. It may take a while to break in but if he works hard, I’ve got every confidence that he’ll be a brilliant player.”

“He’s got pace. He can play wide right, he’s played centrally before, he can pass… he’s just one of these who has got a bit of a chance. He’ll probably take a while to come into the starting line-up but you’re not going to get a ready-made star for nothing, are you?”

The conventional wisdom on this lad is that he may take a little time to adjust at Newcastle, so we probably shouldn’t expect too much from him through the end of the year.

But if he is going to be successful at Newcastle, he will need to be showing through in the first team before the end of the season.

Could Romain be another pearl unearthed by top scout Graham Carr?

We would never bet against Graham – that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    So, AP, here’s your next speech dude:
    “I am so proud of what we did last season and I want more of that next season! Confidence breeds success and success brings confidence, you know? We have a very good team, packed with international stars. We have shored up our defence with 15 clean sheets, we have a solid midfield with creativity and two forwards that score for fun and will learn to play together. Of course, given the fact that we have actually made a profit this year, we are looking to bring in two more stars, so that we can cope with the added requirements of next year. So, my message to fans and players: Exciting times at NUFC! Looking forward to the challenge!”

  • ashwin say's

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #2

    @Cyprus highly optimistic speech !!!
    but facts are correct

  • ryan toon

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    where is this source that we are after belhanga???

  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #4

    This is not the speech you want to be making AP!
    “Teams like Chelsea, Liverpool etc. finished below us and they will want to make amends next year. All teams will be trying to improve. Of course we are scared shitless, wouldn’t you be? Our big stars will want to move to bigger, richer clubs who are more ambitious than us, that is expected. Our goal? Why, to finish in the top ten, have a good cup run, maybe win a game or two in Europe. That would thrill us!”

  • tweaked

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    i have no doubts with carr, he only gets us quality

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    rumors of Belhanda is absolutely rubbish. He’d go to a champions league club.

    Shocking news is Marvin Martin actually left Sochaux for Lille. I thought he’d be moving to another league.

  • rich_toonfan

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    The fact remains we are not a top club. We can’t pay silly wages or offer a genuine, regular chance to win a trophy.

    People have to accept this and understand players will move to top sides.

  • cyprus

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #8

    Apologies for being didactic today, will drop it after this!

    There’s a very interesting story from Cyprus mythology. It’s such a cool story that it has stayed with us for virtually thousands of years. To the point: from this myth is derived the so-called ‘Pygmalion Effect’.
    That’s what I’d like AP to read about…

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Cyprus, in fairness to AP, he’s right. The reality of the situation is that we need to invest millions to keep up, and thats not going to happen – in fact we will probably make another profit by selling someone. If Ba doesnt fancy drifting left to accomodate Cisse, there’s not a lot AP can do. The Europa League is a slog, and trying to stay ahead of the likes of Chelsea is not realistic.

  • StuW

    Jun 8, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Having followed Reims for a couple of seasons, I know this lad is quite a good player. His brother wasn’t much different at his age, and he is now a French International. Quietly confident on this one.


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