Mathieu Debuchy arrived in early January from Lille, and the French International has now played four full games for Newcastle, and it’s fair to say he’s improved in every one of them, and against Chelsea last saturday, he put in a great performance as part of a stalwart back four, and we had that great picture of Mathieu and Steven Taylor after the game – shown below – a really great picture of the big two fighters at the back for the Magpies.
Steven and Mathieu – comrades in battle against Chelsea
Of course Mathieu didn’t get the full credit he deserved for that great performance last saturday, because all the news was about a certain Moussa Sissoko, who had famoulsy introduced himself to England by putting in a terrific and powerful performance for the Magpies, and his two goals after we had gone 2-1 down in that seiocdn half gave Newcastle a famous victory
Mathieu’s good form has not gone unnoticed by manager Alan Pardew, and he had this to say today in the Shields Gazette:
“Mathieu’s answering a few more questions.” “In my opinion, he’s been as good as anyone who’s walked into this football club.” “It’s more difficult in the Premier League for defenders, trust me.”
“The amount of work and discipline you need to have as a back four is harder than in any other division in the world. He’s done very, very well.”
“Yoan’s still only played two games.” “There’s a question mark over him and Moussa.”
And notice that Alan is not getting carried way with the two excellent performances of Moussa Sissko and Yoan Gouffran either, and they’ll have to put in similar performances tomorrow at White Hart Lane if we are to keep our recent revival going.
Howay The Lads!!
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