Mathieu Debuchy has played 13 times for Newcastle since signing on in the new year, and he was the first of five Frenchmen to arrive in January, in an attempt by Mike Ashley to bolster the squad and keep Newcastle in the Premier League.
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It worked, even though we were dragged right back into the relegation fight after being eliminated by Benfica in the Europa League, and then collected only 5 points in seven games, but the 2-1 win at QPR last Sunday was massive, and enough to save us, and we are now in 13th place in the league.
Debuchy had been heavily pursued by Newcastle last summer but Newcastle couldn’t agree a fee with his club, and he finally arrived for £5.5M from Lille in January.
Yohan Cabaye had been talking to his best friend about Newcastle for at least six months before Debuchy arrived, and Yohan had said every game in England was hard.
That’s what Mathieu seems to have experienced, as he had this to say to the local; press today:
“Since January, I have discovered many things and I really have no regrets about coming to Newcastle.” “When we arrived, me and the other new signings knew that Newcastle were not in a good situation.”
“Yohan Cabaye explained to me that here, all the matches are tough.” “I’ve realized that quickly. There was the Europa League, which took a lot of energy,”
“So we knew it would be tough to the end. Well, it has been, even though we are not going to hide behind that.” “Physically, it is a big step for the French between the two leagues.” “You have to be prepared. I felt it from my first matches. It is full-on from the beginning.”
“No, there is nothing broken in the dressing room, there is nothing like that,” “Since January, I’ve never read the English Press, so I do not know. “But in France, they must surely talk. They will say ‘Newcastle signed many French players and there are no results’.”
“But now I hope we have a good foundation for next season, with a strong group in place.”
The five Frenchmen were probably wondering what they had got themselves into, after we went into a big slump starting with the 3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland, but the lads pulled out of it, finally, and the new players will be that much better for it when pre-season starts in July.
We play Arsenal on Sunday in the last game of the season, and a win would see Newcastle very close to the middle of the table, and that’s what we are hoping for – although Arsenal are in really good form at the moment and it’s going to be a tough game.
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