Newcastle are being linked with another France-based talent, with rumours emerging that the club are set to battle it out with Arsenal and other European suitors for emerging prospect Paul Garita of Chateauroux.
The 17 year old has been on a scoring frenzy for his club’s youth team, and despite efforts to quell widespread interest by waiting on a promotion to the first team, the striker has already attracted the attention of a number of big European names.
Espanyol, Wolfsburg and league rivals Arsenal are apparently monitoring the player, so any successful move for him by Alan Pardew could rely on whether any of our competitors are also willing to follow up their interest with an offer. Garita is clearly a talent, shown by the calibre of the sides that are after him. Admittedly, it may be difficult to come out on top if we were to join the race to sign him, but our French contingent may be a factor in determining where he feels he could settle down quickly.
Garita could be on his way out of the Ligue 2 side for around £100,000. Given the astronomical prices for players these days, it’s fair to say that signing the youngster, even if success isn’t guaranteed, wouldn’t involve much risk at all. It may not be as exciting as being linked with a big name who’s in his prime, but we must remember how beneficial a player like this could be in five or ten years time. The club must build for the future so that we maintain our current stature without encountering any unnecessary costs on the way.
Therefore, as I usually conclude with teenage sensations being linked with a move to Tyneside, I reckon the club should jump at the opportunity of signing him. The motives of the scouting team at Newcastle don’t have to be questioned following so many brilliant acquisitions over the past few seasons. If Graham Carr and his team think this lad has got what it takes, then nothing should stop us entering negotiations.