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.