News in the Chronicle today that Newcastle have again been watching Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi over the weekend in Marseille 1-1 draw with Bordeaux, and he seems to be one who is attracting the attentions of Chief Scout Graham Carr, but there are other bigger clubs than Newcastle after the 22 year-old.
We wonder what chance we would have off getting him to Newcastle – even if we did go after him next month?
Newcastle could have also been scouting 22 year-old Bordeaux’s Uruguayan forward Diego Rolan who also played in the game and while he didn’t score he hit the cross-bar in stoppage time.
Michy Batshuayi – Marseilles’s Belgium striker
So it’s always difficult to know exactly which players are being scouted by Newcastle and there could have been other players in the game that Carr was interested in.
Michy’s having a good season in the French League with 11 goals and 5 assists in the 19 league games played so far.
However, there are a number of other problems in getting the player to Newcastle next month – one is that Marseille President Vincent Labrune does not want to sell him next month and the other difficulty is that he is asking a massive £22M for his player.
That’s a lot of money to pay out when you consider Michy would have to get acclimatized to the much more physical and faster Premier League once he did come in.
Diego Rolan – Bordeaux forward
Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur are two of the clubs interested in the player and for that money we just don’t think he would be a good buy – especially when there are two English strikers – Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino who look to be available – and both have shown they can score goals in the Premier League.
If one of the reasons for buying in January is to ensure Newcastle stay in the Premier League then surely those English strikers are less of a risk than Batshuayi.
Steve McClaren is said to want another striker brought in next month, but he may have to accept the player that Graham Carr wants to bring in.
That’s not good, especially after we seem to have wasted £12M on one of Graham’s favorites in the summer – French winger Florian Thauvin.
That’s looking like an expensive luxury we just cannot afford given we are again straggling with relegation and really needed the defense strengthened more in the summer.
And Steve McClaren admitted he had no control over that transfer and Florian was already a target before Steve arrived on Tyneside.
Andy Carroll keeps getting mentioned as a possibility and we’re sure that West Ham would like to unload him next month, but Andy is injured again and at best he is available for only half of every season given his poor injury record.
We should see next month if Newcastle’s transfer policy has changed at all, but if Graham Carr keeps having control on which players come into the club – it looks like we will continue to struggle to build up a good team.
It hasn’t worked much in the past and when that happens most sensible people would change the system.
Alan Pardew’s success at Crystal Palace this year, where he is in complete control of all transfers should also be a hint to Newcastle that what we are doing isn’t working.
What do you think?