19 year-old Olivier Kemen, who was born in Douala, Cameroon joined the club two years ago from French club Metz and is a very good young player, who is highly regarded at Newcastle.
There has been interest from various clubs in signing the teenager including AC Milan, Monaco, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Olivier Kemen – on the bench against Borussia Monchengladbach
But it seems that Steve McClaren will not let him move anywhere this season as he wants to take a closer look at him, and he has already compared the 19 year-old with the combative Cheick Tiote, who has been at the club for five years now since he moved for £3.5M from FC Twente.
In his interviews yesterday Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren talked about the player who turned 19 only last month.
Steve was asked if Olivier’s future lay at Newcastle:
“ “Yes, definitely. He’s a good player.”I like him.” “I call him a young Cheicky, that type of player.”
“He’s come back late because of the France U19s. He’s been in and out of the first team, training with us.”
“But I like him. He’s still only young, and still got a lot to do.”
Olivier seems to have been unsettled a bit over the summer, but he was off with the France U19s, and was able to appear in only one pre-season game for Newcastle, when he came on after 58 minutes in the 2-1 defeat at York City.
Since joining us two years ago Kemen has played 27 times for the U21 team with two goals and three assists.
He’s a very good young player and at some point this season may be sent out on loan, but only after McClaren has taken a good look at him.