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One Small Signing For Newcastle United…

9 years ago

The first signing of Newcastle United’s summer, Romain Amalfitano, of course deserves a very warm welcome to Tyneside, welcome!

However, I think there has to be a little bit of perspective put on this, just because Graham Carr might have been part of the signing process and the player comes from a foreign league, does not mean he is automatically another Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa….

This isn’t a case of writing off a new signing without giving him a chance, quite the opposite in fact. I think it is as much for Amalfitano’s sake that we keep our feet on the ground.

This is a young player playing at the equivalent of something like the third tier of English football who is making a massive step up to Newcastle United.

Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Tiote had all won the league title in their respective countries as well as a decent amount of international caps, Amalfitano hasn’t even played one match in France’s top league.

As I said, this isn’t a character assassination on the player, more a criticism of the over the top coverage of his signing by the media.

The last thing we, or the player, need is for the first time the fans to see him to be moaning and groaning.

Just look at the over the top criticism of Obertan, he hasn’t been great but on the other hand he didn’t deserve the derision thrown his way in the past year.

When you consider Obertan was seen as an outstanding prospect all the way through his development, how much of a leap has Amalfitano to make to get even close to the bench?

Honestly, think of him more like signing a free transfer from Yeovil than the next Graham Carr international superstar.

The whole situation reminds me of the crazy hype that surrounded Bognor Regis’ striker Jason Prior, when he came for a trial at Newcastle.

I love a ‘rags to riches’ story as much as the next man/woman but this was somebody playing in not much more than a pub league and his eventual signing for AFC Wimbledon in the fourth tier was a massive achievement for Prior.

When Romain scores the winner at Wembley I’ll be as excited as any of you out there but until then; good luck to Romain’s development and here’s to also signing some other players who will be instantly ready for the demands of the English Premier League.



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