There is news today that both Arsenal and Newcastle are interested in Saint-Etienne defensive midfielder, 23 year-old Blaise Matuidi.
Blaise Matuidi – an excellent defensive midfield player
With Alan Smith having suffered another injury to his ankle, which he first broke when at Manchester United, there must a a chance that the Tyneside club will try to offload Alan in the summer, and get his massive £3M a year wages off the books.
Alan’s five year contract runs out in 16 months time, so he would be available at a cut price deal, and his former club Leeds United may even take him back if they get promoted back to the Premier League.
So it’s not surprising to hear that Newcastle may be looking at some young defensive midfielder, and one player they have been linked with today is Blaise Matuidi.who has played 25 times for the France U21 side, and made his debut for the full France side last year.
Matuidi made his international debut in France’s 2–0 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina, when he came on as a substitute, and he also appeared in the game against Belarus.
Matuidi seems to have good leadership abilities, as he had been the captain of his club since 2009, and after reviewing this player’s career it seems he would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, so we have to hope this report is true. 😀
It is also the first time Newcastle have been linked with the French International.
The Toulouse-born Matuidi turns 24 next month and is described as a very strong and ferocious tackler, and she tarted his career with Troys back in 2004. The 5’9″ tall player played 68 times for his first club with 4 goals, before moving to Saint-Etienne in 2007.
He has so far played a total of 141 times for the Saint Etienne club with 3 goals, and from what we can tell he looks a very good player indeed.
What do you think?