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 FIFA.com 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?