Are Newcastle Really After A Third Senegal Striker?

Moussa Konate is getting all the attention this week, as the 19 year-old has looked good for the Senegal Olympic side, and he was the one who scored the equalizer against the Great Britain side last weekend, and he also scored two goals against Uruguay, and so far has scored all his country’s goals in the Olympics.

Moussa Kanote – three goals so far in two games at Olympics

But since we already have Demba Ba, who is still with us and it’s now August, so that release clause has run out in his contract, and with the great  Papiss Cisse also on Tyneside,  we already have two of Senegal’s very best strikers at the club.

And with the African Cup Of Nations every two years, would it be wise for Newcastle to sign a third striker from Africa?  We don’t think so.

Konate had this to say to in an exclusive interview:

“We’re a young team. It’s important for us feel good and to just laugh a lot together,” “I’m unbelievably happy and proud to have started the way I have in this competition.”

“It’s mainly down to the fact that I feel the trust of my team-mates and my coach. He’s shaped us both as footballers and as people. He’s been like a father to us for a long time.”

Certainly Kanote is the right age, if Newcastle decide to sign up the lad, since the 5′ 11″ striker doesn’t turn 20 until next April, and he already looks a good player, who can put the ball into the back of the net.

He currently plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv, after joining them from Senegalese second division club ASC Toure Kunda de Mbour, and he helped the Senegal club win promotion to the top division and also win the Senegal FA Cup two years ago.

And it looks like he only has one year left of a two year contract at the Israeli club, so could come at a decent price too.

Moussa has played 42 times for Maccabi Tel Aviv with 8 goals,  so his goal scoring for his club side isn’t that awesome, but what Newcastle are looking for is potential at his age.

And we wonder if Chief Scout Graham Carr has watched this lad play, and we would expect Graham to be on duty watching the Olympic football games, to see if there are any players worth signing for Newcastle.

Senegal face their next challenge today, and they need only a point against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Coventry, to get through to the last eight, and certainly if this 19 year-old keeps putting the ball in the back of the net, he will be attracting the attention of some top  football clubs very quickly, and maybe even the Magpies.

However, it’s a big drawback to have any new striker Newcastle bring in be another African, especially when Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse could be at Newcastle for the long term.

We think it would be putting your strikers all in one basket – so to speak –  if Newcastle signed this lad and we ended up with three Senegal strikers.

What do you think about this possibility?

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24 comments so far


    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    quite simply no. there is no point in all of our strikers being african and gone for the ACN so i doubt it good player but im sure we are just being used AGAIN to drum up intrest in a player. NEXT

  • IFC.Toon

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2


  • Magpie from Lithuania

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    hardly true.

  • Phatoon

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Don’t see a problem with this as he is only 19. Can’t see him featuring too much in the senior team in the near future (give him 2 more years and he be a regular) . If he is, he will probably be pushing someone else (eg Ba) out. If he’s good and not expensive, get him in.

  • Swede

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    The need of Guidetti and Rhodes from Huddlesfield are evident. They would really benefit to get the experience and training with the senegalese strikers… And they are Europeans both of them…

  • GeordieRealist

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Debuchy has arrived in the North East…

    This website has proved reliable on NUFC story

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    too many eggs in one basket.
    disappointed to hear that we’ve only got category two for the youth development gradings

  • roadfighter

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #8

    GeordieRealist – hope this is true 🙂

  • Les Grossman

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #9

    I would have him.
    He wont get selected for ACON
    Too many other strikers in there, and if he does Ba wont.
    Hes 19, he’ll be in U-21 for sometime i would suspect.

    Also, if Cisse performs a fraction as he did last season in the coming season, he’ll be off next summer to Barca/Mancs/R.Madrid/AC Milan.

    This is the reality of the situation and thats why Pardew keeps preparing us for this, we cant compete with the above mentioned teams.

    I say, sign him if cheap enough, he is ideal. Big, Strong, Quick….and he wont be 2 miffed sitting on the bench whilst his 2 mates are knocking them in.

  • eastend toon

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    geordierealist, lets hope thats true if so he’ll be unveiled today/tomorrow!

    a little pre-emptive, but well done to the backroom team in getting this lad in.

    what’s such a positive is that both him and cabaye were at lille all their careers until now… that shows their mentality if you ask me…they dont seem the type to want to swap and change teams at a whim… they may well stay at the toon for their careers… as long as the toon keep pushing and heading in the right direction from the players all the way up to the board

  • roadfighter

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #11

    @ Les Grossman – agree fully. also with those clubs, throw in a bit of PSG who have money…

  • martoon

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #12

    geordierealist – if it is true I would expect a story on SSN soon as they tend to be ITK on these kind of things.

  • kc2012

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Newcastle need to put their hands in their pockets and start offering real money for our targets….sign loic remy, debuchy, douglas and anita……and keep clear of andy “fake scouse” carroll…..simple

  • pardews plan B

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #14

    If this were true we’d be in a good position for him in terms of friendly faces.
    If we want him it’d be as a developmental/bench player i would have thought

  • Grafton83

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #15

    No, I’d rather see the club use Sammy or bring Adam Campbell into the reserves if we’re wanting a young 4/5th choice striker may as well use what we’ve got. He’s nowhere near ready for any first team action but one day he will be.

  • pardews plan B

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #16

    @mfh what do those gradings mean?

  • Grafton83

    Aug 1, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Great news if Debuchy really has landed here

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #18

    If this lad is a real prospect then get him signed.

    The likelihood of all our Senagalese players getting selected at the same time would be slim.

    He’s also young enough atm not to screw up our “homegrown” ratio.


    Aug 1, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Why not force up the price Carroll is sold on for as we allegedly receive 25% of the sell on fee or stick on the price we are prepared to offer.
    He will get his wish if he is determined to stick to his desire to return to the toon.
    We have a tremendous squad now and only need to add two or three players and we are set for the upcoming season.
    Get them in the January sales.
    Our priority needs to be youth development very soon and Bigirama and Good are the first of many.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 1, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Have we been linked with this player yet?

    That centre-back for Ajax yesterday was absolutely class. Think he’s 19/20. He would be a great signing. His passing and pace was immense.

    Anita would also be a great signing.

    Pardew’s right. We need first team signings whom can compliment the talent.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 1, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Stefano Denswil. 19 year old. We could get him for around £4m.

  • rwpoynter

    Aug 2, 2012 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #22

    I watched Senegal play the UAE last night at the Ricoh Stadium and the team as a whole looked classy.Moussa Konate scored again and they deserved to win. If they had had Cisse and Demba Ba as well they would have been very good indeed. I was particularly impressed with their left winger Papa Soare, kept banging in the crosses all game. Interesting point… in the program the Ricoh is called The City of Coventry Stadium and the Newcastle ground is called St James ‘s Park. Must be due to Olympic policy of no free advertising for non sponsors.

  • Owldman

    Aug 2, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #23

    @22 Think the reason the name St James Park is being used is because we were awarded the games before they changed the name to Sports Direct Arena

  • rwpoynter

    Aug 2, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Owldman@23. I would like to think you were right, but at the Ricoh, the huge RICOH letters which can be seen a long way away from the ground have been removed for the Olympics. Might be interesting to know if the Sports Direct signs have been removed from SJP.Just a thought.
    Jimmy Magpie.
    All best wishes for your health. We oldies must keep going as we deserve to see a trophy before we push up the daisies!


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