Newcastle United scout Marcel Bout is confident he can lure the very best young talent to Tyneside as he starts his new role on the Magpies’ transfer team. The Dutchman, 60, will be tasked with signing the best 16 to 23-year-olds, saving Newcastle a fortune on senior stars in the future.
Bout spent seven years as Manchester United’s head of global scouting before leaving his post in 2022 after a questionable transfer record at Old Trafford. Now, the veteran is turning his attention to finding the next Erling Haaland, Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala for Newcastle’s youth setup.
Bout’s vision and confidence will be music to the ears of the club’s top brass, and his ambitious plan fits with Dan Ashworth‘s long-term plan for the club. Speaking last year, the sporting director admitted Newcastle could not continue spending for the ‘here and now’.
“I am looking for the new Haaland, Bellingham and Musiala,” Bout told the Sunday Mirror. “I am focusing on young talent up to 23-years-old who have the potential to get into Newcastle’s first team.
“My motto is that if you constantly look to the left then you can’t see anything on the right. So I look everywhere. Newcastle have brought me in to find all the big talents. I want to find the pounds among the pennies.
“It is my ambition to not only point out those big talents, but also to put everything into place so these players immediately arrive at Newcastle United. I want to bring them in before they are worth £100 million.”
Ashworth was asked last year as to whether Newcastle would ever spend £100m on a single player given their new-found wealth, with the St James’ Park chief replying he hoped the club would never have to get to that stay.
Major strides have been made to improve the club’s academy of late, while the likes of Garang Kuol and Yankuba Minteh are seen as future first-team stars after being poached from across the globe.
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