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French Internationals Interested In Newcastle

9:30 am, Saturday, February 9th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

We suppose it’s not too big a surprise that the talk in the French squad last week was about Newcastle United, with five French players having been signed by Newcastle last month, and Newcastle were already a well respected club in France, even before we brought in another five French players.

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Cabaye and Debuchy training last summer during European Championships

Newcastle had four players – Debuchy, Cabaye, Sissoko and Yanga-Mbiwa part of the French squad for their 2-1 defeat against Germany on Wednesday night, and we’re sure when Debuchy and other Newcastle players were asked how things were at Newcastle, they gave glowing reports of the Newcastle club and the City too.

Mathieu didn’t play in the game, with Bacary Sagna of Arsenal playing at right back after he’s returned from his injuries at Arsenal, and this is some of what Mathieu Debuchy said in the Newcastle Journal today:

“Yes, I was away with France and there was a lot of interest in Newcastle.” “They all talked about it and asked what it was like. I think they were surprised there are so many French players in Newcastle and they were intrigued by that.”

“I don’t know more of them will come now, we will have to wait and see, but my team-mates were asking about Newcastle.” “To be honest, Newcastle United were always well thought of in France. It is a famous club with a rich history.”

“But there is even more now with so many French players. There is a lot of respect for the club in France.”

Of course one reason that Debuchy ended up at Newcastle was his best pal, Yohan Cabaye talked in lyrical terms about Newcastle when he joined the club eighteen months ago from Lille, and Newcastle made his former team-mate Debuchy a target over a year ago, but we refused to pay the asking price his club Lille wanted last summer.

But Mathieu is at the club now, and although Derek LLambias has said it will be more difficult for Newcastle to bring in decent bargains from France now – don’t be surprised if we get more players in from France over the summer – although a number of them could be top youngsters.

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Tags: European Competition · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Mathieu Debuchy · Moussa Sissoko · Yohan Cabaye



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Cool. Moving on, i reckon we will lose today but i would be delighted with even a draw.

  • 2 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Check this out, williamsons stats.

    He has the most interceptions at the club. Surprising.

    http://threeandin.com/2013/02/09/ea-sports-player-performance-index-tottenham-vs-newcastle-united/

  • 3 WWYCD // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I really like Debuchy and I quickly forget he’s a new signing feels like he’s been with us for ages…probably because his name was branded about for so long

    Looks a decent player thus far but he’s got a big test today (unless Tiotes playing then Bale will be halved within quarter of an hour)

  • 4 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Also from laat thread, i agree with the person who said that Debuchy looks a bit slow. I’m sure he is slower than Simpson, against bale this could be a problem

  • 5 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Someone is actually on another Post on here this morning doubting that Debuchy is good enough ? or Not?

    I could,nt believe it, but then again it may of been a Mackem on here trying to wind people up?

  • 6 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I’m not sure if Debuchy is defensively better than Simpson but he is definitely better at attacking and keeping the ball. so he is an upgrade to simspon

  • 7 Twatter // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I must say he hasn’t looked that good the past few games and I’ve noticed he has been caught out on several occasions, but this is natural for a fullback so I’m not concerned yet.

    Watch the extended highlights back and you’ll see Saylor having to mop up, a bit like Williamson had to when Simspon was in the team. I have faith he’ll get stronger as we go along though.

  • 8 ConsettToff // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Don’t want to be over critical, but this is hardly a story.

    BREAKING NEWS: “Frenchies make polite small talk”

    Reuters have confirmed that a number of French footballers were seen discussing niceties over breakfast this week. A professional lip-reader has verified that the following conversation took place:
    “So, ‘ow is eet at Chateauneuf?”
    “Ah oui, c’est canny like.”

  • 9 Grafton83 // Feb 9, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I think you should put down the wine gums there Mutiny you’ve had way too many. Debuchy worse than simpson, Newcastle to lose. Take a happy pill and cheer up a little, we’ve never had so many reasons to be positive. Debuchey is better than Simo on every concievable level and spuds should be pooing themselves that they won’t even get a point not the other way round.

  • 10 MUTINYbyLEMONS // Feb 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Graft83
    I’m feeling a bit pessimistic today but read what i say about Debuchy. I quote what i concluded about hin ‘he is an ugrade to simpson’

  • 11 croftus5678 // Feb 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    i’m going the other way today have a great feeling we will win BELIEVE.
    but i’m allready over the moon we have got 6 points out of the 3 games so no presure if we get nothing (but i’m thinking another 3 points here)

  • 12 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Feb 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Feel we need to start turning our attentions towards, Holland, Belgium and Germany !

    For example, there are some superb prospects playing in the youth programmes at the major clubs in the German and Dutch Leagues! Graham Carr needs to pop across the border to the Benelux on his next trip!




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