Newcastle are reported in the Chronicle today as going on a scouting mission to Belgium last week, which is not the first time this season – and the club must see some bargains there.
Certainly we are not scouting so much in France as much as we used to, with a number of those deals proving to be duds.
We would assume as we play teams in the Championship Rafa will have the scouts watch some of the good players in the Championship and from we have seen there are quite a few of them.
Gregoire Defrel – 25 year-old Sassuolo forward
Newcastle could maybe sign some either in January or even next summer at potentially reasonable prices.
The game Newcastle scouted last week was Genk’s Europa League clash with Sassuolo on Thursday night.
And ironically, it seems that one of the players Newcastle may be interested in was Sassuolo striker Gregoire Defrel, who is a 25-year-old French forward.
French-born Defrel has played in the Italian league all his career and joined Parma back in 2009.
He made his debut for the club as a substitute at the age of 19 in May 2011 in the last game of the 2010–2011 Serie A against Cagliari.
In June of 2012 he joined Serie B club Cesena and he he stayed for three years before joining Sassuolo in June of last year.
He has so far played 46 games for Sassuolo with 14 goals and 10 assists which is probably why some Premier League clubs Arsenal, Crystal Palace and Swansea have been checking on the player over the last year or so.
While at Cesena he played 110 games with 16 goals and 14 assists.
If Newcastle can make it back to the Premier League for next season and with Rafa Benitez in charge then Newcastle could once again be a big draw for some of the transfer targets we will have lined up.
Gregoire Defrel has been compared to Jeremy Menez for his playing style – and Jeremy is described as a technically skilled and pacy play-maker.
What do you think?