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Keegan Reveals Secrets Of His Talent Spotting For Newcastle United

8 years ago

Ex-Newcastle legend Kevin Keegan was appearing at a charity do in Grimsby this week and gave us an insight into how he talent spotted the players who made up that magnificent team of the nineties.

So what did KK look for first in a player – flair, pace, confidence, technique?

No, the first thing on his mind was to check out the ones with gloves on and the’r sleeves rolled down…then write them off.

Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph, Keegan recalled one of those iconic days as Newcastle manager and scouting for players at cold and windy Blundell Park;

“I came here with Newcastle and clinched the title, it was a great day for us and it was also great to do it here, I was born not too far away just outside of Doncaster.

“I have always loved coming to watch games here at the coast, I felt it was a really good place to watch games and players when I was manager first time around at Newcastle.

“Firstly, it wasn’t too far away but secondly, it was always a bit windy and cold which meant players had to want to play.

“If you saw them wearing gloves and with sleeves down then that put a little doubt into your mind that they were a fair weather player.”

Not too sure what happened then with signing Tino, if ever a player didn’t look like he fancied the local weather it was when Asprilla stepped off a plane and was thrown instantly into action in the snow at Middlesbrough. As always though Kevin knew what he was doing, Tino (gloves and all) turning Boro inside out as a second half sub and turning a one goal deficit into a 2-1 win. Memories.

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