Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live before West Brom’s Premier League clash with Brighton on Monday evening, Micah Richards, Kelly Cates and Leon Osman shared their views on Newcastle’s capture of Florent Indalecio.
The Magpies recently handed the striker a deal until the end of the season following a successful trial period, after Allan Saint-Maximin brought him along for an audition on Tyneside as The Chronicle reported.
The 23-year-old even netted an overhead kick, which he uploaded to his Instagram page.
The Frenchman was recently working on a construction site in Australia, and his arrival at Newcastle is a real rags-to-riches story – he must still work hard to cement his future at St James’ Park beyond the short-term deal, however.
When discussing Newcastle’s latest signing, Richards said: ‘This story is ridiculous but brilliant at the same time. So he scores an overhead kick on ‘bring your mate to work day.’
Appearing to reference the forward’s work on a construction site, Cates then added: ‘We talk a lot about how players come through academies and maybe they just don’t have that same edge and maybe players need to have fought a bit in the real world to bring that element into a squad but this seems quite an extreme approach to it.’
These reactions seem a bit far-fetched, in our opinion.
Given the little amount of information documented about Indalecio, and also the fact that nobody actually knows what else he did on trial apart from his bicycle kick, any huge statements about this signing will feel slightly reactionary.
Newcastle are a Premier League club and a multi-million pound institution.
It seems hard to believe that the Magpies would hand someone a contract for the sake of him being a star player’s friend, and only time will tell if Indalecio is actually going to come good or not.
On a short-term deal, there’s next to no harm in keeping him on the books and seeing what he’s made of over a longer period of time, compared to a brief trial period.