Having signed a myriad of players from France with resounding success, the club looks set to maintain the trend by targeting Le Mans striker Anthony Koura.
In fact, a deal for the youngster could materialise in the foreseeable future after he impressed in a pre-season friendly against Scottish side Hamilton Academicals.
The 19 year old grabbed a brace, scoring one from open play and one from the spot in a 3-1 win. Koura was able to show his technical ability and composure in front of goal with his onslaught on The Accies’ defence.
The front man has found his opportunities at club level limited, having featured seven times for Le Mans since his debut in August 2011. However, he has proven to be a formidable force for all of France’s youth teams from U16 to U19, racking up a total of 19 goals in 44 games.
It’s difficult to provide a detailed summary of Anthony Koura’s standout attributes and overall ability given his lack of exposure in European football. Judging by his performance against Hamilton and his record for various French youth teams, it appears that the striker isn’t afraid of any opportunity he gets to find the back of the net.
Possessing such an eye for goal at a young age is very important as it can become a habit once the player reaches their prime. Strikers such as Jackie Milburn, Alan Shearer and Papiss Cisse all had great scoring records at a young age which clearly helped them to become such prolific goalscorers.
I can tell you with confidence that many young players would have faltered under the pressure of having a trial at such an established Premier League club. On the contrary, Koura was able to thrive under such conditions, suggesting that he could be one to look out for.
Given that Le Mans will probably demand a relatively low transfer fee, Koura could be the newest addition to the French contingent at St James’ Park. And by the looks of things, the 19 year old might just become a household name in a few years time.