There’s news today that 22 year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette, who plays for his home town club Lyon as a striker, has just turned down an offer from Everton.
Alexandre Lacazette – top young French International forward
This is what he is quoted in the French magazine Telesport as saying:
“Everton? They wanted me but I did not want to leave.” “For now I am very happy here, and there is no reason for me to leave.” “I didn’t want to move.”
There’s some speculation that the 22 year-old is waiting in case an offer from either Liverpool or Newcastle now comes along, and he has said he was approached by those three clubs – Everton, Liverpool and Newcastle – in January, so we have to hope he is waiting for the Magpies to come calling.
The youngster has a great pedigree, and he has played for France at U16, U17, U18, U19, U20 and U21 levels (a straight flush), and in total he has 58 French Youth caps at the various levels and 20 goals.
And in 2010 at the age of 19, Lacazette scored the winning goal in the final of the U19 European Championship against Spain, and his goal came after 85 minutes to give France a 2-1 win, after Spain were leading 1-0 at the break.
He also has two caps for the full French side.
Lacazette joined his home town club Lyon in 2003, and he made his debut in May of 2010 in a league match against Auxerre, a few days before the right footed player turned 19.
He has now played 129 times for Lyon with 34 goals and 28 assists, and he’s been in some sparkling form this season, and he’s played 28 times with 13 goals and 5 assists for his club – so here is somebody who can score the goals.
And if Newcastle can get this lad in over the summer, he will only improve at Newcastle.
And there is the recent case of Yohan Cabaye – who joined Newcastle in June of 2011 and hadn’t a full cap for France when he joined and was on the fringes of the squad, but when he left Newcastle in January he had 26 caps and had become one of France’s top players.
That’s a case that Newcastle can use to persuade youngsters to come to Newcastle, and the advantage we would have over a side like Liverpool is there is a better chance he would get first team games on Tyneside than at Liverpool, and there are already lots of French-speaking players at Newcastle, which is still a very well respected club in France.
Lacazette looks like a class act, and we hope Newcastle can sign this youngster in the summer, and these are the types of players we should be signing, players whose best years are still ahead of them – at Newcastle.
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