Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr is delighted to see some of his 'finds' now at the Euros.
Carr penned a new eight-year deal with Newcastle yesterday.
Discussing the scouting process, he told The Journal: “There have been times when I’ve wanted to leave a stadium after just 20 minutes because the guy I have come to watch is obviously not what we are looking for at Newcastle.
“But when you do see a player that fits then bill then, well, it’s fantastic.
“The buzz you get is when you look at someone – and Hatem Ben Arfa is the prime example – and after 20 minutes you are desperate to tell someone at the club that we need to get to this guy before someone else does.
“Hatem did a lot of research of his own, funnily enough. When we spoke to him, he then went away and researched Newcastle on the Internet; what the club was about, what the city was like.
“I’m really proud of Hatem and Yohan Cabaye being in the French squad.
“I am pretty sure that if Hatem had continued to rattle around the French league and had not come to Newcastle then he wouldn’t have made the European Championships.
“Cheick Tioté was another success. I went to see him at Roda JC (who he was no loan with before moving to Twente Enschede) and if we had been looking for a creative midfielder then we would not have gone for him.
“But Chris Hughton, who was manager at the time, wanted a defensive midfielder, so the club moved for Cheick for something like £4m. That was one which worked out really well.”