Mathieu Debuchy has quickly delivered at Newcastle and he’s put in four good performances for Newcastle since his signed from Lille in early January for around £5.5M, after Newcastle tried and failed to get the French International to the club last summer.
Mathieu Debuchy - after signing on at Newcastle
And we know Alan Pardew doesn’t just rely on his own eyes and assessment when he is vetting how the lads played in the last game – but he looks at lots of different statistics the manager and coaches keep on players’ performances.
And it seems the stats on Mathieu’s performances are very good:
“His stats were about the best we have had from a full-back at the weekend, and that was against Chelsea, so he is progressing really well.” “It’s much, much harder for defenders in the Premier League to adjust because of the speed and the tenacity of the division. I have been impressed with the way he has settled in.”
In fact Debuchy, Gouffran and Sissoko have all played well since signing on at Newcastle, and Yanga-Mbiwa is breathing down Steven Taylor’s neck to get a starting position at the club at center-back – according to Alan Pardew.
And the squad is further strengthened by the return of Cheick Tiote today, back from the African Cup of Nations, but it looks like James Perch will keep his position in defensive midfield, at least for the game at White Hart Lane today.
Newcastle need to take something out of what is a tough assignment today in London – but a win would be great, and it would be three in a row.
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