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Five New Frenchmen Now Part Of The Newcastle Family

9:14 am, Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

When Newcastle were struggling in January, we brought in five new Frenchmen, and it was always asking a lot of the new lads, to pull Newcastle to safety, and it was difficult to say the least for Debuchy, Sissoko, Gouffran, Yanga-Mbiwa and Haidara, but each one of the new signings helped Newcastle survive in the Premier League last season, although it was far too close for comfort. 🙁


Yohan Cabaye – in action at Blackpool last weekend

But we now expect all five players to be much better, now they have been bedded in and can even speak some English, and already in pre-season we’ve seen Debuchy, Sissoko, Gouffran and Yanga-Mbiwa play well.

And it’s looking like 20 year-old French U21 International left back Haidara could be loaned out to get some first team playing time next season – maybe even to a Premier League side.

Yohan Cabaye is Newcastle’s vice-captain, and he talked about the new arrivals today in the Mail:

“When you sign for a team in January, it’s never easy to change from a different league and a different country, moving club is usually difficult enough.” “When you change country you have to make sure of a lot of things.”

“Firstly, you must understand how the team plays. Plus the Premier League is very different from France and Ligue 1.” “The first few games from them were good, and we won a few.”

“Then came the difficulties with the Europa League and Premier League and trying to balance it out.” “Now they are part of the family. They are more confident in themselves and can speak English.”

“They have worked very hard, and are ready to do their jobs on the pitch.” “It’s helped me.” “I’ve only been working for two weeks, but I feel prepared for the new season and want to work hard.”

“We are working harder in training – harder than last season.” “For us, that’s better. On the pitch that has made us more confident to make runs.” “That will help us compete with the other teams next season. It is all very positive.”

There have been no offers this summer for Cabaye yet, and it looks like Monaco have cooled their interest, but if Manchester United fail to get Cesc Fabregas in from Barcelona this summer, we suppose it’s always possible they could come after Cabaye.

PSG could also do the same, with new manager Laurent Blanc publicly saying he was interested in the French player, and Alan Pardew objected to Blanc going public  about a Newcastle player, and that at the same time Alan said Newcastle were interested in Remy, Gomis and Bent. :D.

But so far so good, and when Cabaye plays well, Newcastle play well, and we have a growing confidence this lad will still be at Newcastle come September.

And it could be that we have Remy and Gomis on board soon too, and that will mean we will have signed seven Frenchman this year.

No wonder the French media follow Newcastle’s affairs very closely, and we could have a many as six players in the French World Cup squad next summer, if we get Gomis and Remy through the door, with the other four being Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko and Ben Arfa.

And there’s even an outside chance that Yoan Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux could force themselves into consideration too, and both were impressive for the Magpies last season.

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44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDanno // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Jail the way your mind works is unreal. I’ve no idea who the guy is either. Morning sean

  • 2 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM



    Lol is there actually an Eric on the blog? I’ve always preferred Barnaby as an alias

  • 3 nut meg // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    A loan deal to a decent championship side will do Haidara the world of good,looks a very good prospect to me.

  • 4 toon1707 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I am still not holding my breath on gomis or remy signing till I see them stood next to pardew with a toon top on

  • 5 ToonDanno // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Jail- he was due to fly out on sat like haidara did but he didn’t so yea got it wrong, but weird how I knew flight was going out on sat to join squad.

  • 6 johnboy // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    On the previous article, I’d be surprised if marseille were in for him as I’m sure I have read that they are after Barton but can’t afford to pay a fee or match his wages. Also stating that homie will go where the money is, you must remember that in France they pay tax at 75%, this makes the uk pretty attractive

  • 7 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:26 AM


    Don’t let people get to you, we already lost some good posters due to some on the blog, I don’t know if you work for nufc like you claim but it’s nice to hear your input, if some had it their way the blog would look like this:



    3. having hooks through his sack that get pulled a millimetre every 5 seconds is too good for Ashley

    4. PARDEW OUT.

  • 8 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Pardew´s attitude to the Europa League cost us last season.

    He saw it as a massive problem, trying to protect the players with lighter training really backfired.

    No chance of this happening again under Ashley, we´ll be lucky to finish in the top ten and as for the cups, three years of Pardew has seen three embarrassing early exits. Why should that change.

    Can´t believe Pardew survived, he sucks.

  • 9 Jail for Ashley // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Nut meg,
    I liked the look of him already and I don’t think we can afford to send him out on loan, a player who some people still believe in that might benefit a loan is Gosling.

  • 10 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I wonder how many on the blog I follow/am followed by on Twitter.

  • 11 ToonDanno // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Cheers Sean. Ill keep you posted if no one else. Shame people think I’m lying to get attention though although like you just pointed out a lot of posters on here find a way to moan/ criticise everything

  • 12 jackostoon // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    no kidda, been reading the blog for a very long time, i’m 47 and supported the toon for as long as i can remember, don’t often leave posts as i’m using wor lasses laptop and i’m gash at typing, sorry to disappoint but its actually nice to be able to converse with you, like i said, been reading your posts for quite some time now bud

  • 13 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:34 AM


    Sean just write your posts and stop trying to control what others post.
    If someone wants to write “Pardew Out” a thousand times a day … they are entitled to do that … just scroll passed.

  • 14 Indian Magpie // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Pardew may have gotten closer to his dream front 3 of Cisse, Gomis and Shola

    The Hoofers

  • 15 ted // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:35 AM


    No they don’t you dimwit! Do you always believe the rubbish your mates tell ya’?

  • 16 colwell // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM


    People discuss everything on the blog, whether it be Pards is great Pards is shite. Stats help with most topics and the guys against Pards seem to have the right to be underwhelmed.

    ToonDanno is worse than Cwarr07, but you’ll find that out.

    Torque was a very good poster, he gave out bits of info he heard which usually was spot on but never claimed anything. Not sure who p1ssed him off but whoever it was is a pr1ck.

  • 17 jackostoon // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    keep what you hear coming kidda, do you know how many medicals have been booked

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    …and all five of them will be like new signings this season 😉 lol

  • 19 nut meg // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    JFA @9
    Gosling has had a really rough time of it with injuries & badly needs games by the sound of it. When we signed him i was speaking to a Everton fan over here in Asia & he said Gosling along with Rodwell was the future of Everton,he was gutted!

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    My apologies but it’s getting a bit much with these multiple posters and after TD has been exposed as an obvious bull sitter it makes me suspicious when people ask him about club info.

  • 21 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    @ jail

    I agree. We need all the left footed players we can at the minute. I actually think he is a better defender than Santon and I would play him if the opposition has a flying right winger.

  • 22 JFK junior // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Love people giving their analysis on gomis who clearly hasn’t ever seen the boy play regularly.

    They stand out a mile!

  • 23 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    My dad met wor Joey at the Scottish Open a few weeks back, said he was actually a top bloke who had nout but good things to say about the toon and would actually come back now that dekka has gone
    That’s not saying he is coming back or were interested btw that’s just saying he said he’d like to return, but he also said he loved his time with marseille
    Either way where ever he goes he’s defo offski from QPR

  • 24 ToonDanno // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Colwell who is cwarr07? :s

  • 25 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Yes they did maybe you should be the one who checks his facts?

  • 26 ted // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Obnoxious little turd @20

    Are you always so neurotic in your normal life? When you have a lass, I bet you’re Jeremy Kyle material, always accusing them of cheating and controlling them.

  • 27 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    IF we sign these 2 it will be awesome. It’s not often in the last 10 years that we nailed our top 2 targets before the season starts. Ok, it would have been great to get them in 2/3 weeks ago, but I won’t complain if they join in the next few weeks!

    I’ve been saying the same about our Frenchies as this article for a while too. I’m sure that they will step up a gear with a pre-season.

    So compared to last summer we have:


    And it looks like we could have:
    A returned Dummett
    A fit Vuckic
    Sammy and Campbell one year further along
    Fully fit Cabaye, Ben Arfa etc
    Confirmed cat one academy
    New head of performance
    Oh…and JFK…oh well

    Hopefully we get these 2 over the line and the neggers can stop whining. That squad is definitely good enough for top 8 and with a bit of luck might try and push a top 6 side.

  • 28 johnboy // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM


    People like you spoil this blog for a lot of people.

    If I’m wrong then I’m wrong and I don’t mind being told so. Is there any need to call me a dimwit?
    I’ve read this blog for years, posting occasionally, and there are some great people on here. Most people come here to find out what’s going on with our club not to insult and cause arguments like you ted.

    Kind regards

  • 29 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    And suddenly ted reveals himself as plana/viv/bill/bob/jeff

    Jesus lad take a day off

  • 30 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    What happened to Torq? I enjoyed reading his posts.

  • 31 JFK junior // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    And I don’t think danno is as bad as everybody suggests on here and the grief he gets at times is unnecessary.

    He’s no torq, but they both offer info from different areas. Danno having close links to NUFC, and Torq having close links to most clubs in France and several in Germany and other places in Europe.

    Keep it coming danno.

  • 32 jackostoon // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Jail for Ashley,
    with you on that one bonnylad, i think the way the blog is at the minute, compared to yesteryear, makes people all that more suspicious of new posters, even auld ones like me, the apology was nice and has been accepted, thankyou

  • 33 colwell // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM


    Na your not that bad (Cwarr07)lol,

    Cwarr07 is an absolute be11end, he is on twitter the guy has us linked to everyone the papers do then says they have signed everytime. He is funny to follow as he gets 1 in a thousand right and becomes billy big balls.

  • 34 SeanNufc87 // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM


    I believe it was a few posters n if I remember right, one was jfa or ruddy.

    As far as danno is concerned, I don’t believe OR dismiss anything he says, I take it as it is, a little bit of info that might come off, I just don’t jump on his back for writing a comment on a blog. N fyi he’s been right a few times.

    Hatems better than messi

    That’s a bit hypocritical don’t you think? Telling me what to post? Especially as I’m not telling anyone to do anything unless your referring to me telling people to respect each other’s views? In which case your beef is with ED not me fella.

  • 35 ted // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM


    Where does that say they’ve passed the 75% super tax, you dipstick! Extra reading comprehension for this spastic, please!

  • 36 ted // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:51 AM



  • 37 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:52 AM


    I have no beef with anyone, just saying … scroll past and ignore is a good policy on here. Which I will now follow … bye

  • 38 johnboy // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:56 AM


    Not sure if this is correct but look under the income tax section, it seems to suggest that incomes of over $1280000 are taxed at 75%.
    I may be wrong though as I’ve just quickly looked at this. If I am wrong though I’m sure you will insult me.


  • 39 johnboy // Aug 3, 2013 at 9:57 AM

  • 40 kt97toonarmy // Aug 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Morning lads

    Well it’s good to see some activity in the transfer market therefore our team will b like this next season

    Debuchy— colo—–mbiwa—-santon
    Ben arfa—–cabaye—–sissoko—remy
    Shola/ new player?

    Overall I would like a bit of an improvement from the bench but it is more then capable of top 10 but 3 more top signings would put us back in Europe where we belong!

  • 41 JaxtheMag // Aug 3, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    every1 blames jk but he can only spend and do deals that suits fat ash,its his money.

  • 42 southafricantoon // Aug 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    I see Wiki has Gomis as a Newcastle striker! Is that good? Lol

  • 43 lesh // Aug 3, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    SeanNufc87. Points 1, 3 are frequent, consistent and boring.

    2, doubtless an allusion to Jail’s post are varied and in many cases, amusing!

  • 44 davis_toons // Aug 3, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Where’s obertan, he is french as well..

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