Newcastle United have confirmed (as per the official website) the signing of 20-year-old defender Ludwig Francillette, who will initially join up with the club’s U23s.
Francillette has played for Dijon in the past and represented Guadeloupe’s national team at youth level.
After signing he said: “I’m very happy to be here. It’s an honour to sign with this club, because we know the story with French players playing for Newcastle, and the fans, and I’m very happy to sign. I hope everything will be good.”
We actually pointed out in our Transfer Trends piece that, as well as signing big hitters such as Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin, the Magpies also went in to sign youngsters Kyle Scott and Jake Turner in free deals, deals that carry minimal levels of risk and the potential for profit and Francillette fits into the latter category.
This could also be a sign of Graham Carr’s working, as the likes of Romain Amalfitano, Massadio Haïdara and Mehdi Abeid have all been signed for minimal fees from France during his time in charge of player recruitment at Newcastle.
While the wider fanbase may not see much of Francillette at first, it seems as though his signing is part of a clear strategy.
This perhaps isn’t one to get excited about straight away, but we could see his name pop up in the future as the Toon Army look to strengthen their youth ranks.
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