Rafa Interested In Signing This 25-Year-Old French Striker

Calciomercato are reporting that Newcastle United are interested in signing 25-year-old Nice striker Alassane Plea this summer.

The French U21 International has scored 17 goals and has four assists in 43 appearances in all competitions this season.

Plea started his career with Lyon and made his senior debut for them in October 2012 in an away Ligue 1 match against Lorient coming on for Bafe Gomis.

He moved to Nice in 2014 where he has since played 129 times with 40 goals and 22 assists.

Alassane Plea – 25-year-old Nice striker

Rafa will be looking for players who can put the ball into the net over the summer and fits into the counter-attacking way Newcastle play these days.

Plea is flexible and the 5ft 11ins tall player who was born in Lille can also play on the wing.

He will be one of many forwards we will be linked with this summer as Rafa tries to increase the goalscoring prowess of his Newcastle side this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #1

    Never heard of him but his stats look good. Can he manage it in the top half of the EPL though? If so, how much?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2


  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #3

    I seen Rafa mention that people were calling for his head in December, luckily those mindless few are in the minority.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #4

    IF we can meet Chelsea’s valuation of Kenedy he would be crazy not to stay. He would be first choice and develop under rafa. If he went to bayern or psg as mooted he may get about 3 to 5 games if he’s lucky. He can move to a club in the champions league once he’s established himself if he wants to but nufc is the sensible move I’d say – if Ashley sells the club.

  • Veltman

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #5

    Dubai – so you are happy then?
    Currently picturing you walking with smile and talking with freedom.Oh well…

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Re Mitro – I watched the full Leicester match last night and it was incredible at times how effective Gayle and Perez were in tandem at closing down the Leicester back line. When appropriate they sat back and let Harry Maguire run into blind alleys, other times they closed right up and forced the full back to play it back to Schmeichel who then launched it long. It was well drilled, intelligent defending from the front, ably backed up by the players behind them. When Gayle went off, Joselu carried on, as well as winning several free kicks and generally annoying their centre backs. It’s Mitro’s inability to do this that has led to his fall from grace. It will be interesting to see if Slimani can work so effectively with Perez and the rest of the team. If he can’t, Rafa won’t buy him even if he scores a hatfull over the next few games.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 10, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #7

    On Kenedy, thought he was excellent on Saturday, he was kicked no end of times, Danny Simpson repeatedly targeted him yet was never given a card. Kenedy just picked himself up, dusted himself down and carried on regardless. Rafa took him off in the end as he was getting no protection from the ref, but Danny Simpson went off first.

    Kenedy 1-0 Simpson….

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 10, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Veltman, I feel freer here than I do in the UK.

  • ben.g

    Apr 10, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9


    I with you there. Kennedy sat on Chelsea bench so I’m hoping he’ll think the same if he moved to PSG or another top club.
    Kennedy seems to like it here and says Rafa has been a bit like a father to him.
    I hope he says nicely to Chelsea, “I’d like to sign for Newcastle, to play under Rafa”.
    Chelsea might be kind, cut us some slack after paying loan fee. Maybe somewhere around 15m!! I live in hope. Surely between 15-20m

  • KevinLee

    Apr 10, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #10

    The next Riviere


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