Newcastle French International right back Mathieu Debuchy was the first of five Frenchmen to arrive on Tyneside in January, and his form was inconsistent for the side in the five months he’s been at the club, although he did have some very good games.
Mathieu Debuchy – determined to improve at Newcastle
Mathieu spent about six seasons with Yohan Cabaye at Lille, and they are the best of friends, as are their wives, and Yohan helped get Mathieu to Tyneside.
That transfer was supposed to happen last summer, but Newcastle at that time could not agree a fee for the Frenchman with Lille.
And it’s not unusual for players to struggle when they first play in the Premier League, and it was even more difficult for the five Frenchmen, with Newcastle surprisingly struggling against relegation, and there was even extra pressure on the new arrivals to perform immediately.
Debuchy has been interviewed in the local press today, and vows to play better next season:
“I feel great here in terms of my life.” “I’ve been made welcome by everyone at the club, particularly the supporters, even if the results have not been as we would have wanted.”
“However, I want to be stronger and play better for Newcastle next season. I will be better equipped to do that when we return.” “I’ll go away this summer, rest up and prepare hard for next season, because on a personal level I want to give more to my team.”
“Hopefully the team as a whole will improve.”
The right back turns 28 in July, and with Danny Simpson leaving the club this summer, it’s expected he will be the first choice right back, although Davide Santon and Yanga-Mbiwa are also very good players in the right back position.
Mathieu has played 14 times for Newcastle and will be looking to add to that total significantly next season, and certainly a full pre-season should help the 13 times capped French International.
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