There was news in late January that Newcastle scout Graham Carr was watching a number of Valenciennes games, and it seems the player that has caught his attention is Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, who was born in France and is of Haitian descent.
Nicolas Isimat-Mirin – 21 year old powerful center-back
Nicholas only turned 21 last November, so he could be one for the future, and if Fabricio Coloccini leaves the club in the summer then Newcastle would need to bring in another center-back – and it could be this lad.
Newcastle have Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Yanga-Mbiwa who can play in central defense if Fab leaves, and of course 19 year-old Curtis Good has been getting some great experience out on loan at Bradford, and the Australian has played 8 games for the Bradford side, and will be a better player in pre-season than he was a year ago.
So it seems as though Newcastle could bring in a younger player like 21 year-old Isimat-Mirin, who can be given time to grow into the position – and if we’ve got our color schemes right – that puts him as a blue player – just below the purples.
Isimat-Mirin stands 6’2″ tall and is a former graduate of the Clairefontaine Academy in France, and when he left the Academy he joined Rennes and spent two seasons there before moving to Valenciennes in 2008.
Here’s some video of the player in action – and he’s good technically and very strong on the ball.
From what we can tell this lad looks like a very good prospect – but if we have readers who have seen him play let us know what he’s like.
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