Christophe Lowinsky Rumours of French talent keep coming in thick and fast as Newcastle United have apparently taken Marseille defender Christophe Lowinsky on a trial.
With the 20 year old having impressed chief scout Graham Carr, United fans have little reason to question Lowinsky’s lack of exposure in recent times.
He joined OM at 18 years of age and has since been a regular for their reserve team. A product of Marseille’s youth system is definitely something to shout about too, with Samir Nasri and Andre Ayew being examples of players who were developed at the Stade Veledrome.
With a European campaign on the horizon, it really is time to add fresh faces to the squad. This is certainly the case for our defence which, as mentioned before, is running low on numbers.
Standing at 6ft 2in, Lowinsky’s stature and presence could mean that he becomes worthy back-up to Stephen Taylor and Coloccini. However, it could take time for Christophe to reach a level in which he is capable of filling in for such reliable defenders, especially because of his lack of first team experience.
Despite Lowinsky’s wait for a break into Marseille’s first team, he has represented France at various youth levels, proving that his flourishment as a footballer has been observed nationally, if not across the continent.
There are perhaps fans out there who were anticipating Alan Pardew to be tracking “bigger fish” after guaranteeing European football. However, we must recognise that there are other positions which must be bolstered before August as well, and so it seems impractical to dish out a large sum on a solitary player who may only be needed to add depth to the side.
Therefore, I would acknowledge any approach made by Carr and Pardew for Lowinsky. Our reputation for plucking out French starlets from relative no man’s lands over the past seasons is unrivalled. So it makes sense to continue unravelling young prospects from the other side of the Channel.
Current Ability: 1.5/5
Likelihood of signing: 3.5/5
Transfer Value: £2 million