Steve Bruce has revealed the thought process behind the signing of French forward Florent Indalecio.
Indalecio arrived on a free transfer after signing one-year deal outside of the transfer window, and will initially fulfil a role in the Newcastle Under-23 development squad.
The 23-year-old was at Saint-Étienne with Allan-Saint Maximin, where he befriended the Magpies winger before embarking on spells in the United States and Australia.
He has arrived on Tyneside and Bruce explained the role Indalecio will play in his press conference ahead of the game with Wolves this weekend:
“He came over for a trial with Allan in the summer. He came into the academy and they’ve had him for the past six weeks.
“He’s got something.
“Whether that will ever be good enough to play for Newcastle, we’ll see how he develops. We’ll give him a chance. He’s got a decent pedigree.
“It certainly helps Allan, it’s his mate. But make no mistake, we haven’t just signed him because he’s Allan’s mate. He’s got a bit of talent, otherwise he wouldn’t be coming in.”
Newcastle could move in to the top six this weekend with a win at Molineux.