It was announced by Newcastle United last night that Graham Carr had left the club by mutual consent, ending his 7-year spell as Chief scout on Tyneside.
Carr prompted some inspired signings such Yohan Cabaye, Cheick Tiote, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba, but there were several flops too, with Emmanuel Riviere, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa and Remy Cabella being three of many uninspiring arrivals from France.
Whilst Carr may have got man wrong, we’ve looked through some of the players he wanted to bring to the club over the past 5 years and believe me, Mike Ashley will live to regret these!
Here’s 10 hidden gems Graham Carr put forward to Newcastle before they made it big – what a team we could’ve had!
1. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang
Between the summer of 2012 and 2013, The Chronicle confirmed Newcastle’s interest in St. Ettiene forward Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang. Carr was a big fan of the Gabon International and urged Unted chiefs to sign the £10m rated striker.
Newcastle instead pursued a deal for Marseille’s Loic Remy, and for Aubameyang, the rest is history. After signing for Borussia Dortmund for €13m in the summer of 2013 he’s went on to score 120 goals in 189 games in Germany and is now one of the top strikers in Europe. He is now being linked with a £60m summer move to the likes of Manchester City, PSG and Arsenal.