Neil Redfearn thinks Newcastle have found a gem in Ludwig Francillette

Newcastle United's Head of Under 23's Coach Neil Redfearn during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at Hongkou Football Stadium on July 20,...

Newcastle United snapped up unknown defender Ludwig Francillette.

Newcastle United's Head of Under 23's Coach Neil Redfearn during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at Hongkou Football Stadium on July 20,...

Newcastle United brought in a number of players over the summer, not only strengthening Steve Bruce's first team squad but also their development ranks.

Of course, deals for Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin, Emil Krafth, Jetro Willems and Andy Carroll grabbed most of the headlines, but Newcastle were active in terms of signing youngsters too.

Goalkeeper Jake Turner and midfielder Kyle Scott arrived from Bolton and Chelsea respectively, before Newcastle signed a complete unknown.

 

French defender Ludwig Francillette arrived at St James' Park over the summer, with his arrival something that few fans will have ever seen before.

We covered over the summer that a photo had emerged of a new signing posing with a Newcastle shirt, and when an article was posted trying to identify him, Francillette replied himself claiming it was him.

Nobody had heard of Francillette then, so nothing was really thought of it. He did though sign for Newcastle, meaning he had confirmed his own transfer in the most bizarre fashion.

General view of the Newcastle United sign during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on February 11, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Francillette is a complete unknown; nobody has much of a clue about who he is. He has no Wikipedia page, no Transfermarkt page, and it turns out he was playing non-league football in France before heading on trial to St Mirren this summer.

Now, Newcastle Under-23 boss Neil Redfearn has told The Chronicle that he thinks the youngster is a 'great coup' for the Magpies, praising the club's scouts for finding him – and fans will hope to see him emerge into the first team in the coming years.

“The boys have done brilliant to pick him up,” said Redfearn. “He is a great coup and a great spot,” he added.

Newcastle United's Under 23 coach Neil Redfearn during the EFL Trophy Match between Macclesfield Town and Newcastle United U23  at Moss Rose Ground on September 03, 2019 in Macclesfield,...

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