We knew that Mehdi Abeid has been told to leave Newcastle and that he was looking for another club, but news today in the Newcastle Journal that 23 year-old Romain Amalfitano has also been told to look for another club.
Romain Amalfitano – didn’t work out for the 23 year-old
Romain was signed from Reims last summer as a free agent and he looked decent in the pre-season tour, but he then fell completely out of the picture.
We thought he may get one more season to show what he can do, since it’s always difficult to settle down initially, but Romain will be leaving the club.
But there’s nothing much lost on either side, as he was signed as a free agent and the club will probably let him leave for free this summer, although they may demand a small fee.
Abeid is interesting Milwall while Nice are said to be interested in signing Amalfitano.
Newcastle will be bringing in young players as well as first team players to the squad this summer, but we haven’t been successful at bringing youngsters through at the club and Abeid, signed two years ago as a free agent from Lens, was thought to be a top star in the making – but it didn’t happen.
One thing that last season showed was that our youngsters were not ready to take up the slack, when there were more games due to Europe – and that’s one reason the Premier League turned out to be a complete disaster – Newcastle’s youngsters were not as good as the club thought they were.
We think that’s why few players were signed last summer.
That’s one reason Joe Kinnear has been brought into the club – and his role extends from the first team recruitment through the Reserves and the Academy – similar to the role Dennis Wise had.
Mike Ashley is said to have been shocked that none of the youngsters stepped up to the plate last season, and that’s one reason the owner wants to shake things up a bit on recruitment – the Youth Policy has simply not worked over the last five years or so, with no players coming through the ranks to the first team.
We suppose if Joe Kinnear can make a bid impact in the recruitment area, that would be what’s needed this summer, but Joe must take a role in the background and let Pardew continue to be the lead to the press and the fans.
Joe has said he will do that – so here’s hoping for the good of the club – and that’s all we are interested in, after all.
Howay The Lads!!
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