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.