Newcastle have signed five Frenchmen this month so far – Massadio Haidara, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – and the total cost of the players is around £18M – but it’s once again some great transfer business carried out by Newcastle.
Graham Carr – Newcastle’s Chief Scout
There has been criticism that Newcastle are bringing in too many Frenchmen – but quite honestly we could care less as long as they are top players and they are fully committed to Newcastle United – and that seems the case with all five new players.
Much of that has to do with star Chief Scout Graham Carr, who has said that Newcastle are trying to emulate Arsenal – and certainly Arsene Wenger is always interested in any good French players.
68 year-old Graham Carr explained Newcastle’s transfer strategy
“Our aim is to recruit young players for the future. We go to France because it’s working. Arsenal had Henry, Vieira and Petit. At present, we know that we’re still developing.”
Graham Carr and his innate ability to recognize top young players who can make it at Newcastle, is a key cog in the Newcastle United wheel these days - and he was fully involved in the transfer business this month, as Mike Ashley and company brought in four top players in just four days last week.
There may be a couple of players Newcastle bring in today – but most will now be left as summer targets, and we still expect Newcastle to have a clear-out in the summer and bring in maybe two or three top players in the summer months.
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