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Newcastle Still On The Trail Of This French Striker

11:35 pm, Saturday, September 19th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

There´s news in the Sunday People from former Chronicle head football writer Alan Oliver that Graham Carr checked on former striker target Alexandre Lacazette last week.

Lacazette was a top target of ours over a year ago, and last season he had an excellent season for Lyon when he scored 31 goals in 40 appearances for the French club.

Carr was at Lyon´s 1-1 draw at Belgium’s Gent in the European Champions League, and may be checking on some players that may be signed in January, especially if Newcastle are fighting relegation (again) by that time.

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Alexandre Lacazette – Carr still tracking this French striker

We would be very surprised if Alexandre would be willing to move anywhere in January with the finals of Euro 2016 being held in France next summer, and the 24 year-old striker has a good chance of being in the French squad.

Lacazette´s contract at Lyon lasts through the summer of 2019, and surely Newcastle’s chance to sign the Frenchman ended over a year ago, and we have no chance now.

Well that´s unless he stops scoring goals – and what´s the point then?

He has yet to score this season, but he´s only played five games for Lyon.

If we are to bring a striker in January, assuming our goal-scoring doesn´t improve, then surely the only player we should be looking to sign is Charlie Austin, who has shown he can score goals in the Premier League.

We´re afraid that bringing players in from the continent seems risky and the players take some time to adjust to English football.

We are seeing that right now with the four players we signed in the summer and our top signing of a year ago – Remy Cabella didn’t make it.

Also, Emmanuel Riviere has yet to show he is good enough to play in the Premier League for Newcastle.

Newcastle have plenty of money to spend these days and we may need to spend a big chunk of it in January.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tsunki // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Ashley Out!

  • 2 toonking // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    all i could say here is typical carr typical newcastle, 1 more of them slow coachs from that league over in france.

  • 3 Tsunki // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    OK let’s hope the “McLaren Out” mob/crew/outfit/rabble/shower/ don’t turn up!

  • 4 Tsunki // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Right. Handbrake. There’s no way a disaster like last season can be fixed overnight. This might not sound like me, but we gave that asshat Pardew three years of utter calamity, We can give Steve time to whip this sorry bunch into some sort of shape, surely. This is not optimism. This is determination. Let’s hang in there. it’s just like us to hand Chelsea their ass out of the blue ha ha this is Newcastle! 🙂

  • 5 darrylwe // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France Sep 16
    “Alexandre Lacazette has now not scored for 706 minutes of competitive football for France & Lyon.”

  • 6 Llort muw // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    It’s all in the formation, such a simple problem yet always seemingly missed by our managers.

  • 7 Tsunki // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    …. but I wouldn’t discount an appearance from the ” doom and gloomers” 😀

  • 8 Tsunki // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    But just in case anyone didn’t catch it….

    Ashley Out!

  • 9 toonking // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:52 PM


    This season going to be the season which proves once and for all most those who give respect to pardew and his game were actually correct all along. The pardew out mob first and foremost believed once he leaves we’ve get a better manager but it didn’t happen. Whilst there has been some putting the full blame on mac himself more and more are realising now the team itself just aren’t good enough full stop, ones such as obatan are now becoming a player that should even be playing in the starting 11.

  • 10 stan anderson // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Ashley OOT.

  • 11 Ferdinand von Prondzynski // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    I don’t really agree that we need more signings; or rather new signings won’t help unless other stuff is sorted first. We had plenty of players but didn’t turn up for Watford. There was no urgency or belief, and actually no strategy or tactics. I don’t understand what kind of game McClaren wants to play, and the players look like they don;’t know either. That’s the problem.

  • 12 Sliema // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Lacazzette is really going to be interested in joining a team in a relegation scrap right? If he goes anywhere it’ll be to a champions league club for no less than £30mil. He’s a few rungs above us at the moment unfortunately. Dark days.

  • 13 toonking // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    all i can say myself about most this squad is just get lost and go across to them asian teams. You only want to spend money on french league players well then cashley just get lost over there and leave take the rest with you.

    GRRRRRRR GET OUT NOW and i shall now go off to bed

  • 14 Lindisfarne // Sep 19, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Same old same old

    The concensus at the end of last season was that we definitely needed two new strikers and two new central defenders, the reason why was obviously apparent today. We are certainly making our own luck, the lame horse we have been provided is no substitute for a thorough-breed and the stable hands are struggling to put a shine on the tac.

  • 15 Munster Mag // Sep 20, 2015 at 12:04 AM

    Tsunki if we had pardew we might beat chelsea as he always beats mourinho. But we didnt back him. Why? Because carr has his own agenda. The local boy come good who does what he wants under an owner who thinks his chief scout is the best thing since sliced bread. So expect more thauvins and cabellas chaps. How is it that when presented with an opportunityto scour the world for managerial talent. West ham and watford make smart moves but we vet nobody except a frenchman who loves art and a failed england mgr. I expected a good win and a reaction today and said yesterday that if we got no reaction we were in serioud sh1t. I stand by that. Bottom 7 and lets hope its not worse

  • 16 Charlietoon // Sep 20, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Colo is playing like shit but of course Taylor is injured and Willo is a mistake waiting to happen. We always knew we needed two new centrebacks but we only bought one and no we cant motivate players by giving them bench time

    Our one possibly decent striker is a discipline nightmare, exactly as our coach told everyone he would be. Cisse is done and looks completely disinterested. Colback and Anita are not good enough to be the middle of our team.

  • 17 banjax // Sep 20, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    In the meantime we need to bring back Adam Armstrong from loan and look for temporary out of contract players until recruitment proper can be done in January. A focus on defence is a priority maybe we can get Taylor and Dummett back next match to plug the Colo and Hiadara gaps at the back. In January lets buy in mature experienced transfers to give a good mix. That’s all – and oh yes – pray !

  • 18 TroubledToon // Sep 20, 2015 at 5:02 AM

    Not a bad suggestion Banjax…. What’s the worst that could happen? Armstrong may not score, rite… But then again I don’t see anyone else either…
    Steve has to drop Cisse… Its well and truly time.. He doesn’t want to play.. A pale shadow of the player he used to be…
    Tbh, there’s no difference between Cisse and Beavis n Butthead…. They just won’t score!!!!!

  • 19 thepict // Sep 20, 2015 at 2:09 PM

    H hasn’t scored in over 7 hours. Should fit right in, this team has no pride and no passion.

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