Graham Carr certainly can spot a good player when he sees one.
Papiss Cisse jumping for joy – after scoring at Chelsea
And Graham last week mentioned that he had been watching Papiss Cisse for quite a few years, before he recommended the former SC Freiburg striker to Newcastle last summer.
That’s after Graham had signed an eight year deal to stay on at Newcastle as the Chief Scout, which was well received by Newcastle fans.
Of course Graham has been in the scouting game now for fourteen years, and was previously with Tottenham and Manchester City, and he has a wealth of knowledge about the good players in Europe, especially in France and Germany, which are the two countries Newcastle concentrate on these days.
This is what the 67 year-old said about watching Papiss when he was at Metz:
“I remember watching Papiss Cisse when he was young – alongside Sebastian Bassong with Metz,” “He was quick, a goalscorer and I would have liked to have signed him before we did. I have been keeping an eye on him for years, like I always do with players.”
“But it was difficult for English clubs to do a deal with Metz because of passport rules. It was easier for him to go to Germany, so he did and he scored goals for fun there.”
“We looked at a deal when I was at Tottenham. I think all of the clubs over here would have been looking at him and thinking similar. I’m just happy he is at Newcastle now and showing what he can do.”
Sebastien Bassong was signed from Metz in the summer of 2008 for around £500K, after a one week trial, and he went onto to be our Player of the Season for Newcastle in their relegation year, and was sold for £8M to Tottenham in the summer of 2009.
But Bassong didn’t come along too well at Tottenham and had a hard job getting too many first team games and ended up playing a total of 71 games for Spurs with 3 goals, and would have been better off staying at Newcastle, where his career was blossoming.
And a word about Metz, who were relegated from the French second division last season, after finishing 3rd bottom of the league.
We’d love to see Graham’s dossier on who he is watching these days – it’s a pity we cannot get any information on it. 😀
But there’s no doubt that Graham Carr is a top man at Newcastle, and if Newcastle can keep bringing in two to three top players for peanuts each summer, we’ll do very well indeed – thank you very much.
And thank you to Graham, in particular.