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This Frenchman Always Puts His Life On The Line For Newcastle

10:34 am, Friday, August 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

Its just a little strange and ironic that when Yohan Cabaye simply refuses to play for Newcastle at the moment  – we hope that will come to an end tomorrow – his best pal Mathieu Debuchy is playing his heart out for the Newcastle side, and after having a terrible game at the Etihad Stadium a week last Monday night, Mathieu has shown his courage and determination by putting in   two much better performances against West Ham and Morecambe.

Mathieu Debuchy new home strip

Mathieu Debuchy – gives his all for Newcastle United

On that first night of the season, Mathieu had an absolute stinker,  and he seemed out of his depth against the fast and skillful Manchester City players, and he was responsible for their fourth goal, but Newcastle fans still like the Frenchman a lot, because he always  gives 100% for the team, and he says he loves it at Newcastle and he seems to wear his heart on his sleeve.

And  after Wednesday night’s performance – what a relief the win was but that first half was hard to watch – Alan Pardew is more than pleased with the French International:

“We really needed him this week.” “He was getting battered and sustained a terrible tackle but put in a brilliant performance.” “He’s the only one that really put out more than I would have liked him to.

“But that’s Mathieu for you – he puts his life on the line every time in every game he plays.”

Mathieu put in 14 appearances last season after signing in early January for about £5.5M from Lille, and this seoasn he is an ever-present in the first three games.

And if somehow Newcastle are going to have a good season this term, after a less than stellar start, then we need to see Mathieu quickly getting to grips with the Premier League and putting in those solid performances week in and week out for Newcastle.

We’re hoping the 28 year-old can do just that.

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jeff // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    if cabaye starts instead of anita i will be disappointed and pardew’s last straw will have broken then i will destroy him where he sits. wrap my arms around his neck like the chicken he is

  • 2 Massive_Toon // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Sorry like, but from what I have seen of him already he appears to be very overated!! Slow, very poor defensively and offers little going forward. All he seemed to do on Wednesday was knock a long ball forward which never picked out any1. Thought he was meant to be an upgrade for Simpson? Seems more like the french version of him. Could of got a lot more for our money buying an English RB

  • 3 Blofal // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Jesus calm down Jeff!

  • 4 Spoof // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    from previous thread

    TP

    I’m not going to say your wrong for the simple reason your not, you are dead right, but we don’t know if he did or didn’t refuse to play, all we know is that the club are trying to give the impression that he did refuse without actually saying the simple words of, “Yohan Cabaye refused to play” thats all they need to say, the fact that they haven’t said that and the fact that no fine has been made public gives me the distinct impression that we could be jumping to the wrong conclusion, afterall when it comes to conduct the club have a very poor record. Innocent till proven guilty does not seem to be getting applied here, to me it appears as if an impression which is being given by a club who have an atrocious record when dealing with their own staff is sufficient to get the fans on the back of one of our players, to me that is wrong.

  • 5 Rake // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Debs–Mbwia–Colo–Santon
    —-Sissoko——Anita———-
    ————Cabaye—————
    Ben Arfa————–???????
    —————Cisse————–

    With Pards talking up anita during the week I can’t see him being dropped my only worry is that he will play sissoko as a number 10. If he wants Cabaye to play put him as a number 10 as he’s more creative than Anita.

  • 6 aidytoon9 // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    brilliant performance? Pards has been watching football match to me.Debs looks out of his depth at the moment, sorry dont agree pards.

  • 7 Transfer Sage // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    rake

    Agree with that side.

    Then either remy or sammy on the left.

  • 8 VanToonMan // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Rake completely agree with your team! It’s a toss up between Goofy and Marv as to who takes that vacant LW (with Remy coming on for the last 20/30 minutes).

    I think Goofy should take it as I think Marv’s best position is the number 10 so he maybe should be on the bench and come on for Cabaye after 60-70 minutes….bearing in mind that Cabaye has not played a match yet and might tire later on.

    Let’s just hope Pardew plays the team you suggested!

    And PLEASE – he said he wants transfer business concluded before the weekend…..can we get signings today pleaseeeeeeeeeee!

  • 9 Toon-Prodigy // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Spoof,

    He is a bit of a big baby Cabaye, it’s got to be said.

    If it’s bad and gets too much for him, I wouldn’t be surprised if he walked off the park. Or shouts to Pardew to hook him.

    I don’t think he can stay here now.

    To be totally honest, I think this is all part of his ploy to force himself away. It’s the worst possible thing he could of did to hurt the club and fans. This situation could become untenable. I really think so.

    In this case Spoof im pretty sure Cabaye is in the wrong.

    He has made himself unavailable to play.

    I think Pardew turned a blind eye and sort of backed his player when he didn’t play against City. Keeping it under wraps and saying his head wasn’t with it.

    Since then though he has been selected for West Ham and Now Fulham, it’s pretty obvious he has been making himself unavailable.

    My guess is he is super p1ssed at the 15-20 million price tag that has been placed on him which Arsenal will not match (so far) and he is desperate to go.

    I don’t blame him for wanting to leave, we are a joke of a club right now with zero ambition, but this was not the way to go about it. He has disappointed his manager, fellow players and every Toon fan out there.

    Not the start of the season I wanted, especially after the Colo fiasco in January.

    Bedtime for me.

    Good chatting Spoof, catch up laters.

  • 10 theartfuldodger // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Pardew spouting more crap. He just doesent make sense. Agents cant stop a player frm playing.
    Whatever happened was just plain stupid.It was too early -just 1 ridiculous bid for Ashley to stop him from playing or for him to refuse to play.
    Everyone made to look like fools.

  • 11 Ibizatoon // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I have been less than impressed with Debuchy so far, but let’s not forget that one aspect of management is to support and encourage your team if you feel that is what they need.

    Was Debuchy better against Morecambe than the previous two games? Yes and of course he should be, but still, praising him may be what is needed to get his head in the right place.

    Doesn’t mean Pardew thinks he has been wonderful, does it?

  • 12 Ibizatoon // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    artful dodger…Your post last night about bagging up Pardew with a sign saying “Ashley your next” made me chuckle.

    I got an image of a bunch of angry Geordies running to the dug out during the Fulham game, bagging Pardew and scurrying off.

    Not that I condone kidnapping of course.

  • 13 Jonny // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    How good are spurs gonna be if they add Pamela and Erikson to there team?? Their director of football Baldini showing kinnear how it’s done.

  • 14 Jonny // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    *lamela

  • 15 Wiz // Aug 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I’ve noticed that Pardew’s exhortations to Cabaye in the Chronicle, at least, have been equally consistent with the player refusing to turn out as with being ordered not to play. So a few days ago it was Pardew expects Cabaye to play, and today it’s Pardew wants him to step up to his responsibilities. If he’s said that Cabaye is engaged in an annoying protest it has rather passed me by.

  • 16 cockneymafiaout // Aug 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Team that I would personally play on saturday providing remy is fit to play.

    Krul
    Debuchy Coloccini Mbwia Santon
    Anita
    Cabaye Sissoko

    Gouffran Ben Arfa
    Remy

    I can promise you that if that team is fit and played on Saturday we would win the game.

  • 17 cestriasteve // Aug 30, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Massive Toon

    Debuchy and Santon are not as good as Simpson and RTaylor in a defensive 4-4-2. Howver I still think we should give him more time, Debuchy needs to settle and gain more confidence in the EPL and we adopt a 4-3-3 formation.

  • 18 cestriasteve // Aug 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    CockneyMafia

    Certainly got the pace to beat them on the counter a la Arsenal.

  • 19 santonthenewmaldini // Aug 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    You are forgetting one thing about us picking teams for the weekend

    Under Pardew we will be 442 again because Shola will defo get a start especially for his heroics against the mighty

    What he does not understand is against Teams like Fulham you want to flood the midfield and then counter attack which is how Arsenal destroyed them last week we have the quick players to play that kind of game when you just play 2 players in the middle we get outnumbered it happens every week and thats one of the reasons we end up needing to hoof it also lack of movement but I think that may be a confidence thing especially for our defenders as the 1st hint of danger and we pass it back to Krul

    And another thing stop letting Krul take the free kicks sick of him passing it to no one!!!

  • 20 cockneymafiaout // Aug 30, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    cestriasteve

    that’s exactly it, with the players we got we certainly should be playing 4-3-3. A lot of people probably think its strange I have left Cisse and maybe even tiote out.

    But am a great believer in you play what is your strongest team at the moment. and at the moment Anita is playing better than Tiote. And even bloody Shola is playing better than Cisse. Both should go on the bench and made to earn their place back.

  • 21 Rake // Aug 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    On Pardew’s comments people recognize he is a good man manager. I think often he will come out and praise a player to give them confidence. We all know Debs hasn’t looked up to scratch but Pardew needs him and thus he praises performance.
    I’m not a Pardew fan but I can understand why his comments sometimes contradict facts. Debs performances last year in an attacking sense where better than this season but defensively he has to adapt to the Prem and he needs time and confidence to do this.

  • 22 Massive_Toon // Aug 30, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    cestriasteve
    Debuchy may need more time to settle but I just haven’t seen what he will bring to the team or what his best traits are. Santon on the other hand is more promising, he’s shown pace, he can run with the ball, has an eye for goal. Granted he’s not the best defensively but at least he has pace to keep up with wingers and got the ability to get out of situations as a defender. Would much prefer to see him on the wing or left of a front 3 tho. Hiadara has even showed more promise as a fullback than debuchy and has only played a handful of games

  • 23 sticklebricks // Aug 30, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Despite being caught out numerous occasions and his turn of pace looking dubious Debuchys cross field balls have been inch perfect. If you remember Colo’s first season here he was hideous and it took him a good 12 months to adjust to the English game, think Debuchy will be the same.

    Was nice to see Debuchy celebrating the goals with the lads against Morcambe as if he meant it. he can’t be too pleased with Cabaye after he dragged him over here and now wants to up sticks.




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