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Two Strikers Being Scouted By Newcastle In France

8:08 am, Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 10 Comments

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.

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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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

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

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:12 AM

    Any body else think Austin is not part of the new Managers plans at QPR?

  • 2 Blofal // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:17 AM

    Thauvin played very well when he came on against Villa. He is not nearly as bad as everyone makes out. It seems he saw Mbemba wear a pre game Tuxedo and thought he would too and ever since everybody jumped on the bandwagon to sling crap his way.

  • 3 cyprus // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    So let me check:

    a. Cabaye’s name not mentioned: check
    b. Pardew’s name not mentioned: Nope, it’s mentioned.

    Later then

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    Blofal…Pardew has had the best squad post SBR!

    …if he has something to complain about he should have done it while he managed us and thorn that 8 year contract to pieces.

    The worse football I have seen in 25 years was under this mans leadership.

  • 5 firebug666 // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Well if this Rolan didn’t score, but hit the crossbar he will be perfect for us, sign him up….

  • 6 Our Toon // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:32 AM


    Agreed mate, they are trying to drum up interest in him. He’s been dropped for 2 of the 3 games Jimmy has been manager, the new man even went as far as to not play a striker against Burnley

  • 7 JP...from The Rock // Dec 22, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Enough of these bad and untested French players FFS!!!! What is it with Newcastle and their fetish for French players!! It’s beyond ridiculous!

    Proven players is what we need ASAP or we will go down, it’s as simple as that. My God this club is retarded honestly.

  • 8 Roosta // Dec 22, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    Pardew, will be the next England manager imo, i personally would have wheelbarrowed him over the Tyne Bridge many times.

  • 9 Sivarese // Dec 22, 2015 at 1:18 PM

    JP, they’re Belgian and Uruguayan, but playing in France doesn’t mean they’re crap. Just one example would be Dmitri Payet, who has been a revelation for West Ham. That’s aside from one of the most accomplished players I’ve seen at Newcastle in Yohan Cabaye. You’ve seen how the Hammers are suffering without Payet. There are no guaranteed successes with transfers.

    I do agree we should be looking closer to home. There are lots of decent players in England who’d jump at the chance of playing for us. Nathan Redmond is one player I personally like. Would love to see Shelvey at the club as well. We should be looking to players who have proved their ability in the PL to go alongside the ones for the future we already have.

    I don’t think Thauvin is as bad as everyone makes out either.

  • 10 chuck // Dec 22, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    I agree that Thauvin played well when brought on late and should be given another shot as a left winger, being he put in some decent crosses, which is better than anything I have seen from a missing Wijnaldum, who has decided to play inside, leaving us without anyone to stretch the oppositions defense, or supply the forwards in the box.

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