This Person As Culpable As Any For Newcastle’s Decline

At one point Newcastle Chief Scout was hailed as a hero at Newcastle after bringing some excellent players to Newcastle who became very good players – but then we sold them for often a massive profit.

Those included players such as Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Mathieu Debuchy – so in that sense Graham earned his wages.

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Graham Carr – Newcastle Chief Scout

But recently some of his acquisitions have not been so good and some have failed quickly like Remy Cabella and Manu Riviere to name but two that were brough in eighteen months ago..

Graham joined Newcastle from Spurs in February of 2010 and shortly after that we were promoted back to the Premier League and one of Graham’s first signing was Cheick Tiote for £3.5M from FC Twente.

Cheick has been good at Newcastle and he was our Man of the Match at Arsenal last Saturday.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the signings Graham has made – the good – the bad and the maybe.

The good

Cheick Tiote

Yohan Cabaye

Demba Ba

Mathieu Debuchy

Ayoze Perez

Georginio Wijnaldum

Chancel Mbemba

The bad

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

Sylvain Marveaux

Yoan Gouffran

Romain Amalfitano

Gabby Obertan

Remy Cabella

Manu Riviere

Gael Bigirimana

Curtis Good

And the maybe

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Florian Thauvin

Jamaal Lascelles

Karl Darlow

The problem Newcastle have is because we sign lots of our players from the continent we know it always takes time for them to settle in and some of them just don’t make it.

But that’s Mike Ashley’s policy rather than Graham’s, but still we haven’t signed too many good players over the last three years.

It’s a key transfer window this month for Newcastle – there’s no doubt about that – and whether we get good players in will probably decide if we are relegated or not.

Let’s hope Graham comes through for the club this month – big time.

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