It seems that Newcastle’s Chief Scout 68 year-old Graham Carr – who spends a lot of his time looking for talent in the French leagues – has added some gems to the players he has uncovered for Newcastle since he signed on in February of 2010 as the Chief Scout on Tyneside.
Moussa Sissoko scores winner yesterday – after great play from number 3 – Santon
Graham has been responsible for getting players like Cheick Tiote, Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse and all five Frenchmen that arrived in the week following our surrender to reading a short two weeks ago.
Not surprisingly Newcastle’s capture of five top Frenchman from Ligue One is capturing the headlines in France – and Graham was interviewed by the popular French Daily L’Equipe last week:
“Will I go on signing players from France? Yes, because I love France and the French players.” “We sign them because we had a lot of success working with Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye.”
“They are really good players very professional, which is essential these days.” “They are clever, they understand quickly what we want and they have a very interesting tactical culture, and that is because French education is excellent, really.”
It could be that Moussa Sissoko becomes one of his best signings ever – if this lad is as good as he has looked in the last couple of games for the Magpies.
And Newcastle had a French Day on Thursday at the Benton Training grounds – and there was soupe a l’oignon, canard, coquille saint jacques, selection de fromages on the menu (that’s onion soup, duck, shell saint jacques and a selection of cheeses) - and French flags draped around the cafeteria.
It seems we will be having a lot more of these French Days at Newcastle – after the form of some of our French players recently – who seem to blossom on Tyneside.
But we shouldn’t forget the sterling work being done by Graham Carr and his scouting staff behind the scenes – who are always in the background scouting players for the team – and we’d love to see his latest list of players he is watching.
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