Newcastle’s Top French Target Considering His Future


We watched the Brazil France game last night, which Brazil won 3-0, and Mamadou Sakho of Paris Saint Germain played the whole game for the visitors,  and looked a very good player in central defense, and of course Newcastle have been interested in him for some time now.

Mamadou Sakho in French coloras

Mamadou Sakho – considering future

Mamadou has said a number of times  he may have to leave PSG to get regular first team football, because when everybody is fit, he doesn’t start at center-back for the Paris based club.

And he is keen to make the French World Cup Squad for next summer, if they qualify for the finals, which is not a certainty given they are in the same group as reigning World Champions Spain.

But with current manager Carlo Ancelotti wanting to move on from PSG, Mamadou will wait to see who replaces him, because that could alter his situation at the French club.

Carlo wants to join Real Madrid to replace Jose Mourinho, but the Qatar based owners will block that move until a replacement is found, which seems fair enough.

A  post on France-based web-site InfoSport+ last Thursday said that any move by Ancelotti to Real Madrid would be blocked:

“PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi will block the departure of coach Carlo Ancelotti to Madrid. and the issue has been closed for the moment.”

Closed for the moment will mean until they can line up a suitable replacement for Ancelotti.

The Evening Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle will be monitoring the situation closely, and if we believe the reports in the local papers are true, a center-back and a striker are Newcastle’s highest priorities this summer.

The 23-year-old has been at PSG since he was a youngster, and since making his debut in 2007 he has played 196 times for PSG with 7 goals, and he has also played for all the French youth sides and last night was his 13th full cap for France.

Even though it looks like Fab Coloccini will now stay at Newcastle, which we reported yesterday, the club still want to bring in a top center-back, with Mike Williamson likely to be moved on if Newcastle can get their man.

And with Mamadou’s contract running out in a year, that man could be Sakho and he could also be a bargain buy, although there will be other top clubs after him.

And of course he would fit right in at Newcastle, with the large French contingent already on Tyneside.

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34 comments so far

  • TorqToon

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Cracking player like!

    Believe people…..! 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    completely off topic

    Sack pardew FFS

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  • mindshaft

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #3

    He looked terrible last night against Brazil

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  • geordiefromthemidlands

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Morning Torq
    All quiet on Pea now I guess?
    How about the Dutch player? Delays?
    Cheers

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    If Colo leaves we need him if not then I don’t see where he would fit

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  • expatmag

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Torq

    Living in Oz, I havent seen enough of Sakho so I bow to your greater knowledge of the player.

    However, iof it is true about the club not allowing Colo to leave, I cannot see Ashley buying a 5th CH unless he is selling Taylor.

    As for Andy Carroll, I dont see him coming back yet because it is a game of cat and mouse with Liverpool and we just cannot afford to wait till Sept. 1 to sign another forward. Furthermore, his injury record is worrying,

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Mark – You are probably right. Although I’m hearing that NUFC are stepping up there coaching recruitment.

    Word is there want to bring in a new ‘technical advisor’ for their coaching team. It’s very popular over central Europe and that role would involve structuring a brand new regime for training, fitness and style of play. Belgium is where they are reportedly scouting for a person for this role. It would enable our beloved manager and his coaching staff to be educated themselves, and have their skillset improved to allow a shift in our method of play. Doubt this will hit the headlines as they don’t want to be seen as weak in the coaching dept. But trust me, it is happening.

    At least it shows they have identified the problem. 🙂

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  • lesh

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #8

    That’s the way to do it eh?

    Llambias is content to monitor the situation while he gets snapped up by some other club that’s run properly!

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    If we sign him, does yanga play left back? If he comes he will want to start. Staylors starting position is gone for a start. What back four would people.here play if we sign him?

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  • lesh

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Repost from previous thread:

    You can bet your boots that Llambias, he who’s more concerned with his budget, will drag any moves out ’til the last minute.

    If any newcomers do arrive, it’ll be near or at the close of the summer window. He or they will arrive when the season’s in full swing, have missed the opportunity to train with the squad and get some pre-season games!

    When will the clown realise that getting players in early is more important than saving some money by delaying the completion of deals!

    The way he goes on is comparable with those with little money queuing up at Greggs for the unsold bread just before the shop closes for the day.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    Torq… that is fantastic news. Dragging nufc kicking and screaming out of the stone age! Oh for 90 percent injury free season.

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #12

    Geordie – morning. Yeah all very quiet on pea. All this talk of him agreeing to go here, there and everywhere is untrue (spoke to a colleague at St. Etienne over the weekend. He is just trying to balance out his desire for CL football, and his NEED to play regularly and forge a reputation. We are still in the mix, but his agent is a dog, and more money orientated than focused on his client. Which is a shame.

    Meeting tomorrow I believe regarding 2 Of our primary targets.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Lesh…. you have a problem with people who buy cheap bread? 😉

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  • peasngravy

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning Torq,
    Been waiting for your post as usual mate, and any news on the Dutch link, was hoping it was gonna be Mertens, are we really in for him?

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  • lesh

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Torq, Mark. Let’s hope that Llambias is capable of multi-tasking and recruit the new technical coach and new players at the same time.

    Mmm, maybe that’s too much to hope for?

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Lesh,
    Last Summer we had 3 of our 4 signings done before the July window opened. The summer before that, by the time the window opened we had signed Cabaye, Marveaux and Ba with Abeid following in the first week of the window.

    You can knock them for not buying enough last summer, but they haven’t dragged there feet with the business they have done.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Technical director, coaches and players? Don’t take the p*** Torq

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  • expatmag

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    Mark

    What about an all french backline of

    Debuchy, Sakho, Mbuwa, Haidara

    Communication shouldnt be a problem

    Didnt Pardew state he wanted to add to his coaching staff several weeks ago?

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Peasngravy – Dutch target(s) are coming along well. Hence work being done this week.

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  • lesh

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Mark. There’s nowt wrong with buying cheaper bread but freshly baked tastes much better!

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Expat. Yeah that would be canny. Trouble is if colo does stay he will want to play.

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  • peasngravy

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #22

    We need quality signings in early doors to give plenty of time to integrate into the squad and area, we’re not far away from having a very very decent team if the powers that be show a little foresight. Get the players in first and trim the fat later a la obertan, gosling……..

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #23

    Yo – Technical advisor ( not director). They are utilised on the training pitch, not sat in an officer watching future targets on YouTube. They arent involved in player recruitment, finances or anything like that, but purely the playing and tactical side of things.

    It’s actually very common over here.

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  • lesh

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Lil………. you’re quite correct about previous signings. I was more focused on last summer’s failings.

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  • Bambams

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25

    I am already annoyed and the season is still some way off.

    You just know we will sign the scraps off the table rather than actively go for our top targets…. Lambs and Ash will risk this rather than sign top target early to save two months wages!

    We have an ex colleague working within St James’ and literally NOTHING comes out re targets. This person has been there since Big Sam and states staff would not dare speak about any little bits they hear or see in case of the sack.

    The whole club is ran under micro management even the scouts have to hand back their club mobiles at the end of the season….You could not make it up.

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  • Greebol1892

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Yes this is the lad we need – top class. Willo not good enough for PL, S Taylor injury prone / comedy prone. He would be fairly cheap and with Mbiwa we would have a couple of fantastic players at the heart of our defence for years to come.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #27

    Lesh, but surely pardew needs a mix of fresh baked and some older experienced bread?

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  • lesh

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #28

    Torq. You saying that a technical adviser would have the authority to dictate and develop tactics, have the final say?

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Torq
    Ah right read it wrong still Newcastle bringing in such people? Far too logical

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  • peasngravy

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #30

    Thanks Torq much appreciated always read with interest in your posts, haway the positivity new quality signings in early, Mertens, De Jong, Maher maybe boom boom get on a roll early season and right some wrongs by stuffing the unwashed CMON

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  • lesh

    Jun 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #31

    Mark. Of course we need experience as well as young players but I would analogise quality experience with freshly baked bread which is based on quality ingredients.

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  • TorqToon

    Jun 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #32

    Lesh – Basically yes. Develop tactical awareness in both players and coaching staff, implement modern ideas and bring about a new style.

    It is a fantastic idea, and In typical NUFC style, is cheaper than a complete overhaul of the coaching staff.

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  • Sack Llambias

    Jun 10, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #33

    We need to upgrade the coaches at the club as a priority. Tactics make players and players make tactics and the relationship between them is vital. To give a very simple example of that, you can’t play a pressing game unless you have very fit, disciplined players. But it’s not the full truth; it’s a simplistic version of the truth. Dipping in and out of here
    is frustrating because of the level of debate never seems to move on.

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  • Sack Llambias

    Jun 10, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #34

    We are light years behind the rest of the Premiership.
    We need to break up the Carver and Stone combine.
    A European coach is a must. More later.

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