There’s news coming through that Newcastle United have made their first signing of the season, and he’s 16 year-old striker Olivier Kemen.
Olivier Kemen – 16 year-old striker form FC Metz
The 16 year-old has signed from FC Metz and he turns 17 next month, and will be part of the Youth Academy at Newcastle and the Development squad – we assume.
He’s already played three times for the French U17 side, and previously played for the France U16 side, and we are trying to find out more about him.
Here’s an interview the lad gave on Foot Mercado last December:
“I started football at age 8, in La Garenne-Colombes *. Then, at age 14, I went to the Elite 14 in ACBB ** and at the end of the season, I got recruited by FC Metz.”
“I had other proposals, such as Lyon, but the project of FC Metz has seduced me. Today I am doing my third year at FC Metz. I play midfield. I take my athletic strength to reach a certain power.”
“I’m not clumsy with the ball and try to improve in its use. Alex Song is a player I like a lot because it is very powerful and it is good on the ball with a good view of the game.”
“The distance from my family and school and sporting requirements were sometimes a difficult challenge to overcome.” ” It was not easy.” “The structure, coaches, educators, Director, Head of Studies, helped me to move forward.”
“But today, I really feel good progress and be on the right track. The atmosphere at the center is positive. I have the soul of a leader I am trying to implement on the ground.”
“I help new and I’m listening to the experienced players. “For now, I’m had a very good start, I play 19 national, I meet the requirements of the coach and it allowed me to taste the joys of the France team .”
“I would like to sign a professional contract at the end of the season and continue my progress, and of course proudly wear the blue jersey. I think the FC Metz has a very good fan following, more than 7,000 spectators average is not bad.”
“A lot of clubs in L2 would love to be this busy – I know I’m still young, but I feel I am able to meet this challenge “
* La Garenne-Colombes is a community in the northwestern suburbs of Paris.
** Athletic Club de Boulogne-Billancourt or A.C.B.B. is a French sports club based in the suburbs of Paris in the commune of Boulogne-Billancourt.
*** The Coupe Gambardella (Gambardella Cup) is a French football cup competition held between the U-19s of the French football clubs, organized by the French Football Federation.
16 year-old Olivier Kemen – smile you’re on Candid Camera
And he says in the above interview he’s a midfielder and likes Alex Song, the former Arsenal player who is now at Barcelona, but he’s down as a striker everywhere we have found information on him.
Olivier will quickly find out that Newcastle have a much bigger and more passionate fan base than FC Metz, and it looks like he’s signed his first professional contract at Newcastle, rather than at Metz.
Let’s hope Olivier can be a big success at Newcastle, and we need some young players coming through to the Newcastle first team – we assume we’ll soon hear something official on this maybe tomorrow.
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