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French Midfielder Is Graham Carr’s Best Signing For Newcastle

8:43 am, Sunday, June 10th, 2012 by Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Of all the players Newcastle Cheif Scout has watched for Newcastle and finally brought to the club,  Graham Carr thinks that Yohan Cabaye has been his best find – so far.

Yohan Cabaye – Graham Carr’s Best Signing For Newcatsle

That’s just a little surprising because Graham brought Cheick Tiote to the club, as well as Demba Ba, Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse and those four players haven’t done too bad either, but Yohan for €5M is what Carr thinks is his best singing for Newcastle.

This is what Graham Carr told the Sunday Sun today:

“When I look back at my time with Newcastle, I would have to say that, pound for pound, Yohan has been the best player I have scouted.”

“He was one of those guys you see and right away make up your mind about his quality.”  “When you consider how good he has been, and what the club ended up paying, then you have to say he has been fantastic.”

“Although Newcastle have been good for Yohan because he may not have been at the Euros at all if he had stayed at Lille.”

Yohan is Newcastle’s main play-maker in midfield, and he seems to be exactly the same for France, and of course he will will start against England tomorrow night in the Euro 2012 Championships.

It’s also true what Graham says about Yohan’s International career, because the Frenchman has come on a ton at Newcastle in the Premier League,  and has been a regular starter for France ever since he arrived on Tyneside, and he now has 13 caps for France.

Last season he was a revelation in Newcastle’s central midfield and he played 38 times for the Magpies, with 5 goals and 9 assists.

We are looking forward to seeing more Graham Carr signings for Newcastle this summer, and are hoping that Vernun Anita from Ajax could be the second one through the door,  following 22 year-old free agent Romain Amalfitano from Reims.

And a good thought for the day – how many more good young players will Graham Carr bring to Newcastle over the next eight years of his contract?

If the last couple of years is anything to go by – the answer is a lot, and that see Newcastle flying high once again.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Contracts · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Yohan Cabaye





12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tiote // Jun 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    What about obertan?

  • 2 mattnufc // Jun 10, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I chuckled ^

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jun 10, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Oba’s Pards uncut diamond !

  • 4 Klatoon // Jun 10, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Who was responsible for Santon? May turn out a better buy than Cabaye, tough act but…

  • 5 papiss-on-u // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    in carr we trust.i c manure are takin dortmund 2 the cleanerz,cnts!

  • 6 only magpie of nepal // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    One thing I am waiting to see from Carr is scouting in Spanish and South American markets. There are some real undiscovered gems which Carr may explore for us.
    No more French plz…………………..

  • 7 SupaToonKid // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Klatoon

    Agree with you here mate i think Santon will one day be the best LB on the planet but at the moment Carr is right as for a value of £4.3M Cabaye is a diamond as he is clearly worth £20M more than that at least if Modric is being touted at £35M with Cabaye in my opinion a better overall player!

  • 8 SupaToonKid // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    only magpie of nepal

    I expect Carr is looking into the area of the market but suggesting that we avoid signing French players is ridiculous because players from the French, German & Dutch leagues adapt much better to English football than the ones from Spanish and Italian leagues. Are you suggesting we do not pursue interest in Mathieu Debuchy, an amazing RB who just happens to be French?

  • 9 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    if Andy Carroll is worth 35 million pounds how much is shola is worth

  • 10 GeordieToon89 // Jun 10, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    A dont understand how modric is worth so much.. He doesnt assist in goals and he doesnt really score goals, makes no sense how he can be worth a £40million bid.. Cabaye scored 5 and assisted in 9 over double modrics stats so that should make Cabaye about £50milliom or more realistically
    Modric – £20million
    Cabaye – £30million

  • 11 valle // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Roshan Magpie… I guess Shola’s true value is pretty close to Carroll’s, around 3-4 million… Although im sure Liverpool would pay 35 mil for him.

  • 12 toonarmydownsouth // Jun 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Only magpie in napal why? Who cares where there from




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