Newcastle have added two more French players this transfer window with another soon to come.
As reported a few days ago Newcastle have made the signings of Yoan Gouffran and Massadio Haidara offically. Alan Pardew was pleased to talk on his new arrivals and said this about his new attacker, Gouffran. “I liked the look of him when we played Bordeaux at St. James’ Park earlier this season; pacy, direct and intelligent and those are qualities I like in a footballer.” adding “I am sure he will quickly adapt to the rigours and intensity of the Premier League and play an important role for us for the remainder of the season.”
on his move to Newcastle Gouffran said “I am really proud to have joined this fantastic Club.”
“Throughout the last few years I have enjoyed every moment of my time at Bordeaux but all good things must come to an end and it was time for a new challenge.”
“And the challenge of playing for one of the most famous teams in England, with all of its history and its famous support, is very exciting.”
Twitter was ablaze with tweets reminiscent of “Newcastle sign a player allergic to grass”, but the Frenchman cleared that up.
“No, it’s not quite true”.
“I’m just allergic to certain species of trees which they have in France, but I don’t think they have them over here in England.”
Signed from Nancy on a five and a half year contract, Massadio Haidara, at 20 years old is more of a product for the future. Davide Santon will have to watch out though, as although Haidara is young he has had a lot of experience in a similar way to Santon himself before he moved to Tyneside. On his move to the poor performing Newcastle the young Frenchman said “It was the desire of the club to sign me up which was the most important factor,”
adding “It was nothing to do with the league position.”It was really all about the club’s desire and willingness to sign me up. Also, I like the club’s ambition to strengthen the whole team so we can improve our league position. That’s what appealed to me so I didn’t hesitate.”
Alan Pardew spoke on his new recruit “At the age of 20, he will only continue to get better but he’s already played a lot of games in his country’s top division and represented France at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.
“He’s strong and quick and we’re looking forward to seeing him develop here.”
Although the transfer hasn’t been officially announced by Newcastle it seems that it is all but a formality waiting to happen. And when it becomes official it will be the 5th signing of the transfer window, and all being from the French League and either French Internationals or under 21 French internationals.
Sissoko will add some more drive into Newcastle’s midfield and a partnership between he and Tiote will be interesting, though I could see him as a replacement for Tiote. Whether that is as a sub, when resting the player or selling him, has yet to be seen.
Newcastle have bought in a lot of quality players and for minimal fees. If they all work out this will be not just be a great piece of business. Hopefully for Newcastle fans there are no hidden buy out clauses that have any kind of end dates for these players, You would hope that Newcastle have learned their lesson with Demba Ba.
I think more will be expected of Debuchy, Yanga-Mbiwa and Sissoko than from Gouffran and Haidara due to their successes in the French League and performances on international duty.
Here is hoping that they will quickly adapt and fit in to Newcastle and the Premiership and that it helps steer Newcastle away from danger, as I don’t want to see them slip out of it again.