Today we are hearing from talksport that both Newcastle and Everton are chasing Youssef El-Arabi a Moroccan striker who is currently the second highest goal scorer in the French top flight.
El-Arabi moved to his current club Caen in 2007 when he was 2o years old, he didn’t make his debut right away however. He became a regular for the club last year when the side were in Ligue 2 and he proved to be very succesful scoring 11 goals in 34 games and firing the club back to Ligue 1. This season he has continued in a similar fashion and he is currently trying to help the side survive in the French top flight by scoring 10 goals in 16 games.
Clearly it is worth noting that he is scoring goals in a far weaker league, however the fact is that he is also working with worse players so it is entirely probably that he would be a success in the Premier League. Both Everton and Newcastle could do with new forwards, however you would have thought the St James’ Park side might move for someone a bit more high profile since Alan Pardew has supposedly got all of the Andy Carroll money at his disposal.
The striker, who is contracted until 2013, has made it clear that his time with Caen is drawing to a close, in a recent interview with L’Equipe he said:
“I have made my decision and I will leave. I have told the leaders of club my intention, but they know I’m going to keep giving everything until the end season….There are lots of clubs interested in me, but I have not decided where I want to go yet. I’m attracted to leagues in Spain and England.”.
It seems that he is a better player than the level he is currently playing at, therefore it is no surprise that he fancies a move this Summer, especially if his club fail in their battle to avoid relegation. Whether he will be a success in England remains to be seen, but both clubs are in need of a forward and this could be an affordable route to go down.
Whether El-Arabi is the man to fire either club up the Premier League is unclear, both will clearly but looking at other options as well, but watch this space because I think he could do a decent job in England.
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