Who’s The Better Right Back For Magpies Between These Two?


It seems that  two right backs Newcastle are after are 26 year-old Mathieu Debuchy of Lille,  and young 21 year-old Nathaniel Clyne of Crystal Palace.

Mathieu Debuchy – the Lille and France right-back

Both these right backs are good players,  and we would be pleased with either arriving on Tyneside.

From what we can tell from the reports,  Newcastle are already in talks with Crystal Palace for Clyne, and we suppose they are trying to decide on a fair compensation price for the England U21 International.

Nathaniel is a very good player in the making, and he has looked very good at right back against good opposition, and it’s small wonder that Manchester United are said to be linked with this lad.

Crystal Palace want around £4M for the player, and it could be in Newcastle’s best interests to quickly agree a fee with Crystal Palace, and wrap up the deal.

Nathaniel’s contract runs out at the end of this month, but since he is still under 24, Palace are due some compensation, and it will go to an independent arbitration board, if the fee cannot be agreed between the two clubs.

Mathieu Debuchy is an older, more experienced and more expensive player,  and he so far has 4 caps for France with one goal, and is expected to start in the Euro 2012 Championships, which will get underway when France takes on England next Monday night.

Nathaniel Clyne – Crystal Palace right back

It’s reported that Newcastle are balking at the price of £8M being asked for Debuchy by his club Lille,  and Newcastle would be more willing to pay £5M or £6M for the Frenchman, who is a good friend of Yohan Cabaye, and is also said to be very keen to join Cabaye on Tyneside.

While either player would be a good buy as far as we are concerned, Clyne will be the cheaper option, but he is less experienced and may even be the riskier acquisition for Newcastle, but he could also become a top English full-back of the future.

Debuchy may be a safer bet, but would be more expensive – maybe twice the price of Clyne.

So bearing these pros and cons in mind – who do you think would be the better buy for Newcastle.

Let us know.

Who Would Be The Better Buy Between These Right Backs?

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207 comments so far

  • SwedishMagpie

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Debuchy

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Don’t know much about either, to be honest, although I would quite like to see an Englishman on board. If Guthrie and Simpson leave we’d have an almost entirely foreign first 11.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Cmon Ed.

    It’s 100% Debuchy.

    In 5 years time maybe Clyne can reach that level but Debuchy is a piggin’ French international Ligue 1 winner.

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  • jakesome

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #4

    if simmo goes then both?? am i being greedy?
    but if one its gotta be debuchy

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  • Carlo.man

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #5

    i’d like to see clyne, debuchy is probably a better player now but clyne is only 21 and has huge potential plus his english

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #6

    I don’t mean that to sound negative in any way, by the way, but I like to see at least a few homegrown players in the team and then some English/British players. But our French and African players have done us proud and are adopted Geordies as far as I’m concerned.

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Debuchy is twice the price of Clyne but would cost half the price of most other international full backs.

    I suppose the real question is ‘Debuchy or Cissokho’?!

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  • Carlo.man

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #8

    id like clyne as 1 for the future n take cissokho as his only 24 as good as debuchy is his not got sell on value where as clyne and cissokho do

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  • Beattie25

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    I know what you mean Barcelonamag but short term I’d rather have a team full of Eskimos if it brought more success than English players that may not bring success.

    In the long term we should he buying the best British youngsters available and in 5 years have a fully British team capable of challenging. But for now we need to improve and take it to the next level. Debuchy will do that for us.

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  • Carlo.man

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #10

    debuchy will no doubt take us a step forward but i think cissokho can aswell

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  • BarcelonaMag

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Beattie25. It’ll do for me, too!

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  • tarie4

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #12

    I never quite understand when people say

    “I would quite like to see an Englishman on board. If Guthrie and Simpson leave we’d have an almost entirely foreign first 11.”

    For me, its the best player plays. If they are foreign so be it, the world is now a global village if U hadn’t realized and the premier league is now a global brand, it does not only belong to the British public but to china, Zimbabwe, Japan etc. There are more people who actively follow the bpl in Africa alone than there are in Britain, and that’s not counting Asia etc.
    its now different from when Chelsea fielded a foreign 11 years ago.
    as I said the best player plays, but that’s my opinion, maybe it doesn’t bother me much, as i am not British.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #13

    Tarie…..There obviously is some importance on having a British core to the team, otherwise there wouldn’t be the homegrown rule.

    I get what you’re saying though, there is no need for a majority of British players in a team. As a Brit, it would be nice though 🙂

    As you say, the best player plays

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  • Carlo.man

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #14

    being english myself i do feel we need a couple english people in the starting X1 but if their unable to get the job done then someone who can needs to be brought in whether their from england france china or mars

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #15

    Carlo….Good idea, we should try and capture the martian market before anyone else. Be good for shirt sales at the very least.

    Beattie….Why is it you are so against Debuchy signing for us?

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  • tarie4

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #16

    Ibizatoon

    Fair enough but that home grown rule is flawed somewhat, with the likes of krul able to be counted. Vucik Ferguson Inman etc, for a team like Newcastle it will be difficult to get the best British talent there is, unless he is born geordie, this is because of teams like arsenal man U man city Liverpool spurs, just look at the English side.

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  • IITianToon

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #17

    Debuchy would fit in straightaway to the first team.

    On a different topic, apparently Miguel Perez Cuesta coming in from Rayo Vallecano.. another midfielder?!!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jun 4, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Tarie….Look at the English side? I try not to do that 🙂

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Im noe sure. Debuchy right now but clyne in the long run

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #20

    @ibiza you could be forced to look at tevez, ribery, obertan and Luke chadwick.
    Nightmare material

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #21

    It sounds silly, but i’m actually a bit torn between the two.

    1. Debuchy, already a great international who’d deffo bring the team forward instantly, provided he settles as quick as the other french men so far. Would be great to watch him in the team imo.

    2. Clyne, young, but so, so much promise, will be as good as Debuchy one day, and perhaps even quicker. Also english, wich would honestly be a welcomed addition. His value will soar if he does well, becoming an international. But, he’s still young, still learning.

    Debuchy offers us instant impact and lift, but only if he settles quickly.
    Clyne will offer us impact later imo,1-2 years, but will be just as good, maybe even better?

    In the end, i’d be just as happy with either two.

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  • seantoon

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #22

    I’d say Clyne to be honest. Imagine if he becomes an England international. Debuchy in his prime is £6-8 million. When Clyne reaches his full potential he could be worth £15mill plus. That is what MA will be looking at. His sell on value

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  • terencelim

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #23

    Either one would be fine, but only as a backup because I hope we get a left back instead of right back, and play Santon at his best position, right back.

    http://www.journallive.co.uk/nufc/newcastle-united-news/2012/05/18/davide-santon-set-for-right-back-move-next-season-61634-30994290/

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #24

    I have a horrible feeling we will be stuck with simpson who will come to his senses and sign. Can only hope in that case that Tav will push him for a starting spot because simpson is not an improvement on where we are now and we need to keep improving and evolving.

    We are almost there bar a good a ball playing, fast RB, a ball playing, fast goal scoring CH and an alternative to rotate with Jonas.

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  • tarie4

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #25

    IITianToon

    Yeh Mr Warr at it again 😉
    But michu would be a fantastic buy, scored 15 goals with 3 assists last season and he is a beast of a man, tall and strong, he will provide goals as well as a presence in mid field he would be a fantastic addition to the side (tbf so are the other names we been linked with 😉 )and be our Nolan replacement.

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  • Carlo.man

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #26

    i agree seantoon debuchy is a champions league player but probably wont turn world class where as clyne is still a good player now who could be world class

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #27

    @terencelim if that’s his best position why does he get played lb every team he’s in?

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #28

    @Rotonda
    Last i heard/read, his offer is now off the table and he’s likely to find a new club.
    Saw it on twitter tho, so dunno if its true.
    May be something in the papers in the next couple of days if theres something in it.

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  • tarie4

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #29

    I don’t get peoples obsession with santon moving to right back? Is it because he stinks at left back? His biggest asset in my opinion is him cutting in from the flank. He did that on numerous occasions and almost scored himself or created a goal scoring opportunity. Now put him a right back and U lose that.
    And did he actually comeout and say his best position is right back? I remember he said he preferred the right back position but could play left back. Now at the start of the season hba’s prefered position was behind the striker in the hole, was he good at it? I dnt care what the players preferred position is, that is up to the manger to decide. And look what it did to Ben arfa 😉

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  • tarie4

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Rotonda heights

    I think that ship has sailed, once fat man offers U are contract and U dnt sign it, he will retract that offer even if U come to ur senses. Barton, Nolan.

    P.s dnt jinx it please, I want Simpson out tomorrow 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #31

    @tarie4
    It’s about logistics.
    If u stick Santon on the RB, u have Perch, Tav as probably the best backups there.
    Buy an LB, and u have Fergy and the new LB there. If the two get injured, Santon can also play it.

    If u buy an RB, then u’re still skinny on the LB. Something which most fans said was too little last season.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #32

    Agreed @tarie4 Steven Taylor could come out and say he prefers playing striker but can play cb well. I couldn’t see anybody screaming “put saylor up front its his best position”
    If you have a left footed winger in front of santon then its not much.of a problem him cutting inside.
    And from what I’ve send santon is decent with both feet.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #33

    @dannyo id rather us buy a first team rb and possibly a backup lb or push fergy hard as second string lb.
    Santon is settled on our left side and id like to keep him there.

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  • tarie4

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #34

    See hazard is officially a Chelsea player, will be interesting to see who they bring in. Shud be an interesting title race next season. Wonder who they will take as manager.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #35

    With out a doubt Debuchy. He is the more cost efficient of the two and he will make an impact straight away where as Clyne is one for the future.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    We don’t need a right-back. We will go for Cissokho. It’s obvious that we need him. Santon will move to his natural position at right back.

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Wonder if they’re after pep guardiola

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  • tarie4

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Dannyo

    That doesn’t make sense mate, why not buy a rb and have tav and perch there as back up, and keep santon at left back with fergie as back up. still the same thing is it not?

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  • Ben Arfa (Either love him or Hatem)

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #39

    @Kets,

    I thought LB was Santon’s natural position?

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  • graham cwarr

    Jun 4, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #40

    @ketsbaia you might be right but i can’t see pardew wanting to switch santons position unless he has to. And lets be honest santon is decent at lb anyway

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