Finding quality talent that the Sky 4 (or is it 5 now?) haven't gobbled up or priced in to oblivion is becoming more and more difficult. Buying/scouting talent from the EPL is a good way to go broke. Clubs must be active in seeking out and developing young players from all over Europe.
Knowing this, NUFC's scouting department has done well recently mining some of the 'lesser' leagues in Europe for PL ready (or at least young/cheap enough to take a shot) players. Here's a couple of players that I've scouted out from the comfort of my living room in LA that could do a job for a bargain price...
Imoh Ezekiel - Standard Liege - Belgium
19 years old
Imoh Ezekiel started to blow up in Belgium this year, netting 16 goals and 10 assists in 34 matches. Nigerian born, his international status is up in the air as Belgium want to call him up, but the player is reported to prefer playing for the Super Eagles.
Watching Youtube highlights in my living room, Ezekial reminds me a bit of Jermaine Defoe or Papiss Cisse. Very good finisher, confident in front of goal. Makes good runs in to space, much like Cisse (when Papiss isnt offsides, that is). Ezekiel will score with service. Quick as a greased squirrel, he shows the opportunistic streak needed in any good scorer (see: Defoe). In the video below, you'll see Ezekiel is quick to exploit and punish defensive lapses.
transfermarkt.com values him at €3.0 million. Lille is rumored to be making an offer, so the player can be had...
Imoh Ezekiel | Standard Liege | Skills, Goals, Assists | 2013 HD (via Scoutworld10)
Wissam Ben Yedder - Tolouse - France
22 Years Old
In his first full season with TFC, Wissam Ben Yedder shined scoring 16 in 47 matches and assisting on another 5.
Playing as a CF, he's less of a target man than Ezekiel. Showing impressive ball skills developed playing futsal, Ben Yedder has flair similar to our own Hatem Ben Arfa. He can create space to get a shot off and is confident in front of goal. Played well with Moussa Sissoko at TFC, so he would not be an entirely unknown player to NUFC. Rumors have him catching the eye of Everton.
transfermarkt.com values him at €4.5 million
Wissam Ben Yedder | Toulouse | All Goals 2013 (via 95PMTM)