Our Chief Scout Graham Carr hasn’t exactly had a good time of things over the last eighteen months or so with signings such as Remy Cabella, Emmanuel Riviere and Florian Thauvin – who have all been monumental flops at Newcastle and it’s likely that all three will leave Newcastle in the summer and head back to France.
That’s around £30M of money spent on those three forwards and we’ll maybe get only about £15M back.
Graham Carr – not successful over last two years
We still can’t understand why Thauvin was brought in one year after a very similar player in skill and physique – Remy Cabella – had just failed miserably on Tyneside the season before.
Maybe that’s a good question for Lee Charnley at Monday night’s Fans Forum meeting.
One other French player who will be leaving the club this summer is Gabriel Obertan who has been out for long periods at Newcastle with injury and who we signed from Manchester United for £3M.
Gabby will become a free agent in the summer and his contract will not be renewed.
Sylvain Marveaux has been at Newcastle for five years since he joined us as a free agent from Rennes in 2011, yet he has only played 55 times for the Magpies.
Sylvain hasn’t played for the first team in two years and will definitely leave this summer, with his contract not being renewed.
Yoan Gouffran was one of five Frenchman who joined us in January three years ago to help rescue us from possible relegation and he will also be allowed to leave in the summer, even though he will still have one year to run on his contract.
So there are six Frenchmen who have signed for us in the past and not one of them has been a success on Tyneside.
Maybe it’s time for Newcastle to pay that little bit extra and bring in more English (British) players this summer?