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Frenchman – Supporters Have Been Absolutely Fantastic

1:56 pm, Friday, September 20th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

Mathieu Debuchy has played very well in our last two games, and he seems to be fitting in nicely at Newcastle, and is also probably pleased that the issue with his best pal is over, and Yohan Cabaye is staying on Tyneside, and has pledged to do his very best for the club from now on.

Mathieu Debuchy new home strip

Mathieu Debuchy - playing very well

The 28-year-old has been instrumental in what looks like to be a good improvement in our defense this season, and his fellow Frenchman, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is also playing well in the back four so far this season.

Newcastle fans have taken to Mathieu, who was praised by Alan Pardew in his press conference yesterday, as having great character, and he’s not a bad player either.

This is what Mathieu had to say today in the local papers:

“The supporters have been absolutely fantastic,” “They welcomed me with open arms. To hear your name chanted during a game gives you a huge boost.”

“Of course, the fans are very important, especially here at Newcastle. They’re the 12th man on the pitch, as they say.” “For me, at the Villa game, I just wanted to show my appreciation for the fans.”

“To give a shirt away is the least I could do.”  “It’s important to win at home.”  “It’s going to be a difficult game – we can’t think it’s going to be easy – but we have to remain ambitious.”

“Overall, we’ve done well as a team. We feel very well prepared. We’ve done the right sort of preparation, so I think we’ve got a good chance. We’ve made lots of progress.”

“It was an absolutely cracking match against Villa.”  “We did well in the first half, but things slipped a little bit after the break, but we’ve definitely made progress.”

Mathieu is one of a number of Newcastle players who will be hoping to make the France World Cup squad for the World Cup in Brazil next summer, but it looks like France will not win their group, with Spain very likely to finish top, so France will probably need a playoff to reach the finals.

But Mathieu, Yohan Cabaye, Bern Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and maybe Yoan Gouffran will all be trying to do well this season on Tyneside, in the hope they can make the France squad.

A number of them are so far doing very well for Newcastle this term, and that has helped us get 7 points in our first four league games. :D

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Tags: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Mathieu Debuchy · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · World Cup 2014 · Yoan Gouffran · Yohan Cabaye


61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jamie McKellar // Sep 20, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Lies, lies and more blinking lies. He is awful and one average performance last week doesn’t make up for 6 months of just pure rubbish last year.

    I’m sorry but he acts more like a right winger than a defender and keeps getting caught out. Simpson wasn’t amazing but he did a better job than this overrated pile of French crap

  • 2 niafron // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    @Jamie Mc Kellar

    Let me guess, your favorit historical person is Wellington?

  • 3 Jamie McKellar // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    haha no, I just don’t see what everyone what everyone bangs on about him. Cannot think of a single thing he has done well yet just because he is an international player, he must be good

  • 4 toonking // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    re post
    injuries them selves were another bad thing but pardew can’t do much about that.

    when a team is very low with confinence and has a defence that is leaking loads of goals, the long balls become very common. Its part of human nature when we panic we don’t think about thinks we just do the first thing that come into our head.
    most of those long balls were just done by a defence panicing about not wanting to concede and in their mind a short pass will be dangerous.

  • 5 roy // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    4-0 tomorrow Debuchy is far superior to Simpson.

  • 6 VanToonMan // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Jamie – firstly RB is one of those positions where ‘good things’ are not so easily prominent. True he had a shaky start to his Newcastle career – but why is that so shocking? He is not the first player to take time to adjust to the Premier League and often Defenders take time when coming from different leagues…particularly the French league.

    I bet you’re going to say Mamadou Sakho is rubbish too because he had a shaky game against Swansea….lol when actually he is a top quality Centre-Back.

    Remind me what exactly have we achieved in the last 10 years – thus giving us the right to be so critical so quickly?…Let’s stop being so judgmental and try and give Debuchy and the others a bit more time and support shall we? Then maybe….players will actually want to come and play for us and not want to leave us instead.

  • 7 Jamie McKellar // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    I understand that it takes a while for some players to adjust, and I hope he comes out ok, but his positioning needs major improving otherwise we will keep getting caught out.

    Look at the Citeh game. Now the whole team did have a shocker, but he was out of position for all the goals and got easily outmuscled by Nasri for the 4th. A top class defender should have had someone like Nasri in his back pocket.

    Mark my word, we will concede 5 penalties this year because of him!

  • 8 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM


    Isn’t it nice when we can talk about the football at our club rather than some of the other rubbish!

    The next 2 games should definitely be wins as they’re at home against weaker opposition. I don’t care if we win them 1-0 each but we need to be dominant against these teams at home.

    Everton away is after that and that will be a big test!

  • 9 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Colo, Enrique, Perch all rubbish when they first joined us. It’s crazy to judge Debuchy on half a season with a new team that were struggling and then a poor couple of games at the beginning of the season and our key midfielder was kicking up a fuss.

    Debuchy and Santon are both very good attacking full-backs. It’s exciting to have them and to see them bombing down the flanks a bit more.

  • 10 FAU // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Ill go with 2-0 , dbuchy 1 and remy other1

  • 11 Jamie McKellar // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM

    I hope he proves me wrong, I really do. But he will make more mistakes this year than you guys care to admit

  • 12 toonking // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    when we were playing city and west ham in my opinion the chaos off the field with JFK and transfer window were perhaps why the team looked poor.
    as soon as the window had closed pardew remained silent ever day until last weekend and what I think was happening is he was having some meetings with the squad as a whole without the media getting to know his aim to the public is probably a top 10 finish but the truth I think is he and the team are going to aim for a top 7 finish providing they can maintain a decent starting 11.

    I have always hated the transfer window being closed when the season has already kicked off.

  • 13 catchy in norway // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    i went for a draw v hull ,

    I love the fact that we have 7 points , but some people need to get a grip, we played awful v Fulham and Villa, and got the goals at the right times
    he talk about Cisse scoring goals, he still isn’t getting many chances created for him
    he hasn’t gone more attack minded, all that has happen is jonas isn’t playing to fall down and slow our attacks up,
    Anita to me has proven AGAIN that he is quality, but jonas will get his game back when fit
    we need him and the other 2 gone,

  • 14 mattnufc // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    We played well against Villa.

  • 15 catchy in norway // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM


    if villa had took there chances they would have won

    I’m great full we won , esp as we were away, but like V Fulham our only threat is HBA

  • 16 VanToonMan // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I thought we played well against villa catchy – not up to the level we were two seasons ago but definite signs of it. Quick passing and movement.

    Remember it was Remy and Cabaye’s first full game…I think IF FIT….our first 11 will play some very good football and do well. My concern since the end of the window has always been if we get injuries.

    Pardew will do well with the first 11 if they stay fit.

  • 17 niafron // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM


    I agree, he was dispointing until now.


    It was major change in our physical preparation. We can’t say Pard played no role in that.

    And for long balls, sorry, but with strong tactical orders by the coach, you could avoid that.

    You seen how city made short of us. None the less, the team respected the game plan and we made short pass all along the game.

  • 18 Coach // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    I we had taken our chances against Villa we would have won 6-1 but it doesn’t work like that. Almost all the chances they missed were because of the pressure from defenders playing well, I think there was one that wasn’t.

    We played well, not as brilliant as some seem to think but the best I’ve seen for a while and definitely well enough to beat Hull if we do the same.

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I don’t get the problem with long balls? the key is about the right balls.

    Too often last year we were very static and didn’t give options so went long as nothing else to do, that was the problem..not the pass long itself but the reason behind it and the end result.

    What we also do is pass short but get no where which is equally as boring and useless.

    However against villa we looked a lot better, HBA was the stand out but remy assisted the first goal and was getting into his stride. I’d say we had as many, if not more chances to win the game than villa.

  • 20 niafron // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Got to go.

    Bonne soirée messieurs.

  • 21 Jamie McKellar // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Thank you Niafron, for a moment I thought I was alone on this

  • 22 G // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Am I right in thinking that the last time a Steve Bruce team played Newcastle, was the 5 past Sunderland game? I reckon it will be 3 nil in our favour against Hull.

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Sep 20, 2013 at 2:57 PM


    I’m of a similar opinion with mbiwa…the guy was good in france but looked very shaky last year and not the best this year.

    suppose time will tell if he adapts or not but people seem to always think these new lads are better when they aren’t…they may be after a few weeks/months more but not many of them are great.

  • 24 89Norcal // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    Well we are the most fantastic supporters in the world. Unless you’re out of form…in which case we want your head on a pike :)

  • 25 DevonToon // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Jamie lad, you only have to look at Evra for example, he was awful, got subbed at half time on his debut. . . He has turned out ok! France seem to have a number of decent rb, yet its debuchy whos fighting sagna and not Fanni or Reveillere for eg.
    The lad will come good like

  • 26 DevonToon // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Catchy… what do you expect? Should we be going away and beating teams 3, 4, 5 nil?
    A) Villa have been playing very well this season
    B) you cant expect, especially away from home not to concede chances…
    C) did you even watch the match?

  • 27 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    When you’re creative midfielders of Cabaye and Ben Arfa are either injured or off form and your full backs of Santon and Simpson aren’t getting forward and putting in crosses, how do you get the ball forward to your strikers? Lump the ball forward, let the players scrap for it and hope it falls for Cisse or Ba to bang in the back of the net. That’s what happened last season.

    Goofy and Sissoko joined and things seemed to be a little better but we had too many new players in that team from January signings (sometimes all 5!), it was always going to be hard for them to gel.

    Now we have Cabaye, Ben Arfa and Remy being creative in an advanced part of the pitch, Sissoko too sometimes with options from the bench of Goofy and Marv (maybe even Jonas! ha!) and with Santon and Debuchy getting forward from the back.

    What that means is more goal threats, both in terms of the number of players capable of scoring and the number of players capable of creating a goal scoring chance. The more of those that we have, the more space that opens up. Last season teams could just mark Cisse out of the game.

  • 28 roy // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    @23 I don’t know what games you’ve been watching! Mbwia is the best centre half at the club watch how many times he covers for the hairy one who is constantly caught out of position. And then we have Taylor and Williamson who Pardew to his credit has sussed both of them out as liabilities. Its no coincidence that since Taylor has been missing we have leaked less goals.

  • 29 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Ouch…bad typo there…meant to be “your creative midfielders”…

  • 30 dembademba // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    yangas looked great this year i think. not faultless but quick to recover and make amends. but he hasn’t made a bad mistake by any means.
    also confident at bringing the ball out, he takes responsibility that much is clear.
    we have two very good cbs in him and colo, dont understand how anyone doesnt rate colo as key to our chances of success

  • 31 Transfer Sage // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:29 PM


    a different game to you then pal…don’t see him as that play. Sure he covers the odd time, but all CBs should…just thin he is very error prone and bad positioning.


    yeh long balls were needed at times last year…the issue was not using them properly…need men around the target man and not to isolate him

  • 32 toonking // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    it has got nothing to do with the coach or manager at all when a player chooses to kick it long any person can kick the ball long.

    it’s the players themselves who decide how they pass the ball. last season we had poor defenders, a forward who was never onside when the midfield did their passing to him, the midfield itself was a very poor side creatively, their was no real leader as colo our main leader had personal problems and cabaye was looking like the type who was going to leave and the team were often playing 2 games per week which these days seem too much for most players.

    so it’s no wonder longballs were being done.

    now but we have a defence that is starting to gel together like the one who helped us finish 5th, we have got not 1 but 3 creative midfielders we also have a very well organised midfield with a bit of everything.

    all that is missing is a confident forward the biggest issue I see with cisse is he seem the Darren bent type forward who can score goals for fun but any time that ball is not in the box he just stands around doing nothing but wait.

  • 33 roy // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    @31 You should get yourself down to spec savers son. If you honestly believe that tripe you’ve posted.

  • 34 toonking // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    correction poor defences *

  • 35 dembademba // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    i hate how people slate our players on here, its embarrassing. taylors a geordie, bleeds black and white and is decent. not international class but solid enough. and williamson played loads when we finished 5th.

    its not lacking ambition to just support players we have at the club even if they arent of the quality we would aspire to

  • 36 Coach // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    It’s incredible how we can all watch the same game and come away with such differing views. MYM would have been third on my list for man of the match at Villa after HBA and Anita.

    Go figure.

  • 37 roy // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Coach I think spec saver thinks mbwia is Colocini.

  • 38 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM


    We just didn’t have those kinds of players though. How people can be negative when the only real first team player we lost is Ba. The others (Perch, Harper and Simpson) have all gone to lower teams and we’ve brought in 6 Frenchies. We now have Goofy, Sissoko and Remy to play in forward positions plus a fit Ben Arfa and Cabaye.

  • 39 dembademba // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:38 PM



  • 40 roy // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Cheers and I’ve been to spec savers!

  • 41 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:46 PM

  • 42 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM


    Well said! How many other clubs outside of the top 6 have got a 3rd choice central defender who has recently had a call-up for England? Or a “useless” winger who until recently was playing regularly for Argentina? Or a “donkey” striker who will probably go to the World Cup with Nigeria?

    They’re not world beaters, which is why we’ve got a squad big enough to ensure they don’t start when we don’t have too many injuries or suspensions.

  • 43 toonicle // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    I can understand Pards wanting to play Cisse back to form, but i’d rather see Gouffran put on the left and have Remy play down the middle tomorrow. Let Cisse have a rest and get his head straight, maybe come on later for one of them and get a goal.

  • 44 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Great going forward, can’t tackle for toffee. Same for Santon. I love them both, but if they don’t pick up defensively in last man situations the top teams will always take 3 easy points off us.

    Mark my words, you can trust me on that!

  • 45 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    No, no, no, Cisse is brilliant. If we ever get Cabaye, Remy, Cisse, and Benny boy firing in unison, we will fair fu@ken hammer any, I repeat, any muther fugger!

  • 46 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM


    Against top teams we may well play a more defensive midfield line-up with maybe Jonas and Anita to cover the flanks.

    We fans want to see an attacking and dynamic style of play and now people are complaining that our full backs aren’t very good at tackling?? Who I is the best full back that we’ve ever had in the Premier League?

  • 47 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    There’s a good question. For anyone slating Santon and Debuchy, name out top 10 full backs in the Premier League.

  • 48 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Barton? Beresford? Elliott? Watson? Domi? Griffin? Bernard? Enrique? Simpson? Santon? Debuchy?

    I’m sure I’ve missed out a few…but which ones are better?

  • 49 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    John Beresford? Anyway, not so much complaining as pointing out those two are often found wanting on the last man against the very best opposition. No disgrace in it. Its just happened a bit.

  • 50 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:07 PM


    The top 6 teams are simply better than us. They should win most times but we’ll hope to give them a damn good fight at home. Tell me some full backs from teams outside of the top 6 that you’d have instead…Baines is an obvious one but any others?

  • 51 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    No, I don’t want anybody else. I really like both of them. I merely point at a weakness, glaring at times. That hopefully will be corrected.

  • 52 cyprus // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    TDS @48,
    Probably Watson, Enrique, Santon best in that group but I think Debuchy will soon be in that top list :) Stop slating him dudes, we are notoriously bad in back :)

  • 53 jimmysmith // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Barton, Beresford and Venison were really good, although I suspect the demands are greater now.

  • 54 wolfshead@toon // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    is niafron really french or just having a laugh haha

  • 55 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    I can’t imagine we’ve actually had a better back 5 since the Premier League started have we?

  • 56 wolfshead@toon // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM


    your not including the portly one are you lol

  • 57 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:31 PM


    Who’s that?

  • 58 wolfshead@toon // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    the magnet handed saylor :-)

  • 59 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:33 PM


    Hell no!

    Krul, Santon, Debuchy, Colo, MYM

  • 60 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I’d rather have Saylor than Bramble or Boumsong but I’d rather have the likes of Howey, Albert or Dabizas for sure.

  • 61 wolfshead@toon // Sep 20, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    letting enrique go was another in a long line of mistakes not as bad a ba though

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