Newcastle Give Trial To Top French Youth International Striker


His name is Anthony Koura and he scored two goals in Newcastle Reserves 3-2 win against Scottish club Hamilton Academicals yesterday, under the watching eyes of Newcastle’s Development manager Willie Donachie, and the lad scored two goals too, playing out wide on the left.

Anthony Koura – top young French striker

The Newcastle Reserve side beat Hamilton Academicals 3-1, and of course there’s two different transfer situations to be watching this summer.

The first team squad of course, and we’re not making rapid progress in that area it seems, but also the Development squad, since we do expect a lot of top youngsters to come in to fill out the squad, after nine players left Tyneside, when their contracts ran out at the end of June.

We expect that Graham Carr (In Carr We Trust)  has been watching the lad, who has played in all the French Youth sides – U16, U17, U18 and U19, and this lad, who usually plays as a striker, could be a big name of the future in French football.

Koura joined his home town club Le Mans in 2004, when just 10 year old and he agreed his first professional contract in June of last year, on a three year deal at the French club.

Last season the 5’11” youngster was quickly promoted to the first team squad at Le Mans, and made his debut last August, when he came on as a substitute against Châteauroux.

He played 7 times for Le Mans last season and only tuned 19 in May.

This lad could become a player of the future, so we’ll keep a check on whether Newcastle will offer him professional forms, and they will be after a good deal (what’s new?), for the youngster whose contract still has two years left to run at Le Mans.

On the transfer market site they list his value at €175K which is about £140K – probably cheap at the price.

We also expect Newcastle to sign Melbourne Heart defender Curtis Good shortly, and the 19 year-old Australian will initially be part of the Development squad.

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26 comments so far

  • kt97toonarmy

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    holla

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  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #2

    9 mill for anita for us is sky high but 16 mill for Carroll is ok? You have to be joking…..sure 9 mill could be a bit on the high side but we are looking at a possible 20 mill for Carroll.

    Its looking more and more obvious like we aint signing ANY of our first team targets….

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  • Marty-Toon

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #3

    This guy sounds quick and pretty decent,lookin forward to see some player come through the youth squad

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  • ToonFan1987

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Hi everyone, new blogger here.

    Does anyone just get the feeling, that we are going to get let down in this window, I am starting to worry!!!
    I would have thought we would have had at least two new first team players in by now, especially to get them integrated into the team and pre-season training in Germany??

    Hope to Debuchy, Anita and at least a couple more in very soon!!

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  • Valci

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    gorgonzola – 9mil is high for Anita because he is untested at EPL levels. Andy is indeed overpriced but he proved he can handle EPL with us, then at the end of last season and in the euros (international level). We all agree he is overpriced but selling for 35 and buying for 16 is still a good deal. For instance…had i been aware of the real-estate market crash in 2008 i would have looked to sell some assets at the price of 2008 and i would buy now when the prices are low…its a matter of business.

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  • wynsleap

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed – you say he is only 19. Should be starting to make his mark now.
    Weren’t Gazza and Rooney, just two examples of top talents, who made their debuts at 17?
    Still, I’m happy to see possible more recruits to the Development Squad – keep ’em coming.
    Just wish we’d get a move on for the first team.
    Regarding Douglas – like De Jong I don’t think this lad really wants to join us. We should be moving on to our next target swiftly.
    Tick… Tick… Tick… Tick…

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #7

    this moussa sissoko we are linked with is like a tiote very strong in midfield he would be a very good buy for us

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Posted a link to this story on a prev. article. Thought we won 3-1, not 3-2? Looks canny, although it says he’s a both sided winger who can play striker, so not an out and out striker.

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  • Valci

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    kt97 – indeed…i think i’d prefer him to Anita to be honest and i think that he’d be around the same price (assuming the 9mil euros for anita is close to what his club wants)

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  • naptoon

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #11

    the reports on this lad are encouraging sounds a similar to sameobi. if carr recommended him he must be decent and he will prob cost peanuts nowt to lose.

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  • markmac

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #12

    £140k ? thats for nothing these days, and if he’s played for every france youth team he cant be too bad, and 2 on your trial/debut aint bad either….get him signed up!

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  • kt97toonarmy

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #13

    i dont know much about anita if im honest but i no hes capped for holland at under 21 but dont know if hes capped above

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  • check the toastie

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Lots of respect to Ed for keeping his patience in this transfer window, it is like we are stuck in a loop…….

    Lots of respect to Ed for keeping his patience in this transfer window, it is like we are stuck in a loop…….

    Lots of respect to Ed for keeping his patience in this transfer window, it is like we are stuck in a loop…….

    Lots of respect to Ed for keeping his patience in this transfer window, it is like we are stuck in a loop…….

    Lots of respect to Ed for keeping his patience in this transfer window, it is like we are stuck in a loop…….

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  • Valci

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #15

    kt97 – he has a couple of caps i believe…3-5 or so around 2010 before WC South Africa…didnt make the final team though…not in the squad for the Euros i dont think but might be mistaken. Holland isnt what it used to be though…maybe the next coach can turn things around though.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #16

    @ Valci

    It seems Ed moves faster than the speed of light this morning :)…so I’ll have to replay to your comment from the previous thread here.

    I do agree with basically; or I would probably say I don’t really disagree with you mate 🙂 lol

    4-2-3-1 use to be my favorite formation well it still is, but I just had to accept last season that is was not the way to go – we just looked better in a 4-3-3 formation.

    I still that is our best formation and if we look at France at the EC I think it is obvious that the problems with a 4-2-3-1 can be; France was out of balance and the midfield was way to offensive (we do remind of France in certain aspects).

    You named Anita so if we do buy him I would play him next to Tiotee with Cabs just infront with Marv/Ba and HBA wide as inside forwards and Papisto on top as a lone striker (maybe as a fake #9 at times).

    It is important that the midfield is solid and that it can and will safeguard our defence; one of our problems has been the fact that our wide men has to track back too often.

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  • Dimitri

    Jul 20, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    @ToonFan1987

    We were disappointed during the last summer transfer window. But what a season we had!!

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  • ToonFan1987

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #18

    @Dimitri

    Most definitley, but with all the extra games this season will bring, i cant help but think we will need at least 4 new senior players. The way it is going at the moment not looking very promising…

    I know Ashley likes a bargain and who can blame him based on last year. It is now obvious that clubs have cottoned on. I just wish he would pay the extra couple of million to get the players through the door, if that is what is holding us up.

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  • Valci

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #19

    Jasper – last season we looked better in 4-3-3 then in 4-4-2… 4-2-3-1 is another matter imho. with 2 quality CDM’s you have decent cover for defense. Personally i find 4-3-3 leaves you more exposed at the back many times. Of course 4-2-3-1 would require good FB’s too…i think it could work if we play Santon-Debuchy(if we get him…or another quality FB). So imho we would need a good FB and a good CDM as priorities atm. But like i said…just my opinion.

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  • outsidethebox

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #20

    love to see young cf and poss andy c ….but i hope a quality centre half and a left back will be coming soon ..without a quality centre back toon will struggle …hate to be negative.. but imo only collo is premier class ..taylor just about ..but any injury and suspensions bring simmo and williamson and perch …

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #21

    @Valci

    Appreciate your opinion mate 😉 mine is no more than that either.

    For me it’s all about being dynamic, solid at the back and keeping possession in the middle. Whether it’s called 4-3-3, 4-2-3-1 or even 4-3-2-1 I don’t really care 🙂 hehe

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #22

    I think we’ll make a £6.25m bid for Anita. Desperately want him to sign for us.

    I’ve already stated that we need to make about 16 signings. 9 players have left the reserves and 4 first team players have already departed.

    A lot of work to be done.

    Hopefully we’ll tie up Anita and Debuchy and sign at least 5 first team players.

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  • lordjoesnow

    Jul 20, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s that N’zogiba story alll over again

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #24

    andy Carroll is north worth around 5M, I don’t think he valued over that!!!!!

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 20, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    andy Carroll is only worth around 5M, I don’t think he valued over that!!!!!

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  • Phil K

    Jul 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #26

    Sign the lad up !!!! We need hot stuff coming up from the reserves. Poor Phil Airey didn’t get much of a chance, so hope this lad gets one.

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