The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern have been getting a sense of deja vu as they’ve been linked with Clement Grenier, according to The Chronicle writer, Andrew Musgrove on Twitter. Grenier was linked with the club back when Alan Pardew was in charge and the news is sparking some memories from the fans, who wouldn’t mind seeing the Frenchman sign.
— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) June 25, 2018
At the age of 27, Grenier still has a lot to offer despite his injury problems. Back in January the midfielder left Lyon for Guingamp and the move worked wonders for him. In the first half of the season, Grenier played four minutes of Ligue 1 action for Lyon but after his move he made 15 appearances, scoring five goals and registering four assists in that time. This summer could see him on the move again though as Newcastle have come back calling.
If Grenier does make the move from France to Newcastle, the fans will have a serious player on their hands. The Frenchman can be deployed as an attacking midfielder or as a central midfielder a bit deeper in a pivot. This would provide Rafa Benitez with different options as Grenier could deputise for Ayoze Perez, Jonjo Shelvey or Mo Diame wherever needed. The fans are onboard and the player would come cheap, it’s just a matter of whether there’s weight behind the rumours.
You can see what our local Magpies think of the Grenier rumours here:
— Kim Marius Olsen (@kmolsen26) June 26, 2018
Perfect replacement for Merino. Better player
— Hello, I am Nicky and I am not a sheep (@ORANGEYPURPLE) June 25, 2018
maybe Rafa trying to build his transfer kitty? sell merino 12m get this kid in for 2m and add another 10m to the striker/winger/no10 budget?
— Mobin Hussain (@Mobs_) June 25, 2018
Fast forward 12 months time when everyone is hailing him as one of the signings of season
— David Baty (@Vomero81) 26 June 2018
Clement Grenier before injuries was the biggest talent in French football. A player I would 100% take a gamble on at 3mill.
— Danny Brown (@DanielBrown666) June 26, 2018
At one point one of the most promising players in France until unfortunate injuries happened, after what I’ve seen Rafa do to Diame €3M is more than worth the gamble imo!
— Yanited (@Yaniited) 26 June 2018
The Geordies in the Tavern are optimistic about Grenier and it would be interesting to see whether or not he’d fare in the Premier League.