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Newcastle Scouting Another Dribbling Wizard In France


L’Equipe is reporting that Newcastle are scouting Le Mans winger Stephane Diarra. The 20-year-old Ivorian is known for his awe-inspiring dribbling skills in Ligue 2.

Diarra is another player Newcastle are tracking who has just joined their current club permanently this season similar to Rony Lopes with Sevilla and Victor Osimhen with Lille. We also signed Emil Krafth in August after just joining Amiens on a permanent deal.

Diarra spent last season on loan with Le Mans when they were in the Championnat National, which is the third tier of French football. He made 33 appearances in helping the club gain promotion to Ligue 2.

He joined the club permanently in July from Rennes for a fee of £440k. This season the right-winger has made 16 appearances with 3 goals and 2 assists.

Diarra has dual French and Ivorian citizenship but has not featured for either nation at any level. The report in L’Equipe says that both Leicester City and Celtic are also scouting the player.

The youngster will turn 21 in December. He is third in Ligue 2 in attempted dribbles but leads all players with a success rate of 74%.


82 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Nov 19, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorensen scores tonight btw.

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 19, 2019 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #2

    ronaldo aarons,
    I’d like to see him win the league at Arsenal and shut Munster up for good!!!

    1
  • simon376

    Nov 19, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Rob

    I’ll never forget watching the mighty Gills at Roker Park just over 30 years ago winning and relegating Sunderland in the play offs. Keith was round at mine the night before the game talking about the lad he had just signed for a sheet of iron and 10 tracksuits (Cascarino) who was going to win the game for them. What a day that was

    4
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #4

    what would be the odds of us getting Poch (if we didnt already have a world class manager at the helm)?

    hes a great manager and genuinely brings through youths rather than just saying he does. i think hell go to man utd though. spurs can take their pick. if theyve got any ambition theyll be scouring the championship for former premier league journeymen. benitez could be considered but hed need to win the league for spurs fans to accept his style.

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:41 AM

    Comment #5

    NY Mag
    9

    0
  • lesh

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #6

    NY Mag

    42

    0
  • lesh

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #7

    NY Mag, Essex

    🙂

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:45 AM

    Comment #8

    It’s really strange to see to see Pochettino getting sacked whilst teams like ManU are after him.

    Footballs gone mad, that’s an oxymoron isn’t it?

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Lesh,

    Do you know what we are doing? 🙂

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Doesn’t really matter if you do, good to see you joining in, let’s not be taking everything too seriously, life’s to short!

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #11

    And my last post has been vetted, i mentioned the C word! 🙂

    0
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 20, 2019 at 2:55 AM

    Comment #12

    its bad seeing three geordie/ former nufc youths in the england u20s and we let 2 go. seems charnleys plan for our youths is we will keep the squad full of local lads but have special focus on the rubbih ones while letting the extremely rare premier league standard local lads leave. all this in hope of producing a dummet every 5-10 years.

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2019 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #13

    TNMW

    Yeah I mentioned this earlier, 2 Gibsons, 2 Taverniers and 2 Longstaffs, it’s a conundrum with the youngsters, as you say we seem to let a lot of players go before we know if they are good enough or not but on the other hand how many can be realistically kept?

    2
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2019 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Keifer Moore had a good game for Wales, a big lad with a bit of skill, a possible for someone?

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2019 at 3:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Not I hasten to add the one that sounds like a town in Lincolnshire!

    0
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 20, 2019 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #16

    And it’s late, G’dNight all!

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 20, 2019 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #17

    night Bill

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 20, 2019 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Does anybody have a link to the Newcastle team of the decade voted by fans? I heard someone mention Ben Arfa was in the team.
    Here’s my team anyway.
    Krul
    Collocinni Lascelles Lejuene
    Ben Arfa Shelvey Cabaya Tiote Enrique
    Perez Ba
    Subs: Nolan Cisse Schar Mitrovic Rondon Ritchie Dubravka
    Come to soon for: Almiron, The Longstaffs, Maximin

    We could probably make a better team of players that were misused/ underperformed: Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Thauvin, De Jong or players we missed out on by a few million. I’ve just noticed that my team and most teams will consist of mostly Carr scoutings.

    2
  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 20, 2019 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #19

    Talking of ‘wizard dribblers’, can i get signed up?

    I have a 1:2 record of waking up from a magical dream with drool.

    2
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 20, 2019 at 5:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Newcastle team of the decade huh. How about this 11?

    ………………………Krul.
    ……….Scharr…Colloccini…Lejuene
    ..Sissoko…Cabaye..Widjnaldum..Enrique
    …………..Perez…Ba…Ben Arfa.

    3
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 20, 2019 at 5:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Changed my mind.
    ………………………Krul.
    ……….Scharr…Colloccini…Lejuene
    ..Sissoko…Cabaye..Widjnaldum..Enrique
    …………..Perez…Ba…Jonas.

    1
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 20, 2019 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #22

    Bench.

    Dubravka
    Lascelles
    Yedlin
    Tiote
    Ritchie
    Rondon
    Ben Arfa

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 20, 2019 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #23

    Poch replaced by Mourinhio at Spurs

    Pelligrini won’t be happy that West Ham will be thinking…..mmm if we change manager who’s available ?

    Hands off Bruce, he’s ours now.

    1
  • cyprus

    Nov 20, 2019 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #24

    In the last decade, we haven’t exactly ripped the PL apart, so there won’t be too many from past teams who would even make today’s team. For example, our defence now is the best we’ve ever had, including the entertainers.

    Some exceptions: HBA, Wijni, Sissoko, Enrique, Jonas, Ba, Cisse (first year).

    2
  • cyprus

    Nov 20, 2019 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #25

    When did Milner leave? Anyway, he’s in the starting 11 too.

    0
  • lesh

    Nov 20, 2019 at 6:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Essex

    Nope, not a clue what you’re up to. Hence, 42.

    0
  • cyprus

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #27

    Seems to have left 2008, so he’s out.

    0
  • lesh

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #28

    Pochettino out cos Spurs aren’t doing well enough for Levy and Rafa out coz he wanted to do better than Ashley wanted.

    Great innit!

    2
  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #29

    Spurs employ a cock

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Breaking
    Mourinho announced as new Manager of Spurs !

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  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Spurs have moved quickly to replace Pochettino, with former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Mourinho appointed hours later on a deal until the end of the 2022-23 season.

    Yeah right

    I think Poch has been stitched up by the Spurs board

    They have been thinking about JM ever since he became avaiable

    2
  • cyprus

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Why?
    Because poche’s head had been turned?

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #33

    No
    I think it shows ambition by the Spurs board
    Proven League winners are a rare breed
    SAF Guardiola Mourinho Wenger possibly Klopp soon
    Rafa hasn’t won a League since the early 2000’s
    Pellegrini and Mancini bought the title
    Leicester won it with Ranieri because the main
    contenders were in transition,

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  • DubaiMicky

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #34

    Interesting choice, Jose likes the big expensive marquee signings, Levy has long pockets and short arms. Could get interesting, will Poch go to WHU next?

    2
  • cyprus

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #35

    Looks like the taste of football site were among the first to smell the Mourinho deal. This is what they wrote:

    “In terms of the style of play, it’s not pretty on the eye. I’ll agree with that. But pragmatism has got Jose to where he is today. If defensive football and ‘parking the bus’ can win games against the big sides, Spurs fans won’t complain.”

    There’s a key word in there:”win”.

    Fans will accept boring football on the condition that it’s winning football. Otherwise, you’re out.

    Big challenge for Mourinho.

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #36

    Both Pochettino’s sons have jobs at Spurs

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #37

    I wonder she they didn’t go for Bruce?

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #38

    Don’t understand all the criticism of Levy. Spurs have been a consistent top five team for the past ten years. Compare and contrast with the Ashley years!

    0
  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #39

    Ron
    Last night my knee-jerk reaction was to criticise
    Daniel Levy – shades of Ashley with Hoots I guess
    However having slept on it I agree with you
    it’s a different scenario – his harshness stems from
    ambition for Spurs.
    The polar opposite of Ashley’s footy philosophy

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 20, 2019 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #40

    Compare and contrast
    Indeed
    Hoots replaced with Pardew
    Pochettino replaced with Mourinho

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