Newcastle’s right back Mathieu Debuchy had a very poor start to the season at the Etihad Stadium on 19th August, but since then he’s started to put some solid performances in for the Magpies, and we are hoping he will continue to get better as the season progresses.
Mathieu Debuchy – in action in 2-1 win at Villa Park
It’s true that Mathieu has looked a lot better in the last few games, but in that first game at the Etihad Stadium the French International seemed completely unable to cope with the speed and skill of the Manchester City players, and to say he had a hopeless game may even be understating it.
This is what Mathieu Debuchy has said in the Chronicle today:
“We started the season badly with the City game. We really took a slap.” “Since then, it’s been better, although it is impossible to say what is going to happen next, and we are not quite consistent yet.”
“But we played well on Saturday and we must continue on this path.” “The match in Manchester was difficult for me.” “But otherwise my early season form has been good. It comes gradually and I did well in the last few games.”
But to be fair to Mathieu, who is first class professional, his best pal Yohan Cabaye had basically only just gone on strike before the City game, and Yohan was not happy that Newcastle were unwilling to let him move to Arsenal without a bid from the London club that met Newcastle’s high valuation of Yohan.
And Alan Pardew has since said that Mathieu was heavily affected by what was going on with his best pal, but all of the Cabaye nonsense meant the side was not ready for the first game of the season – after all the hard work they had done in pre-season too.
Since then we’ve improved and then slipped back with two defeats in a row against Hull and Everton, but then last Saturday we looked a good side for a change, a great side in that first 45 minutes, and won our second league game on the road this season.
So we hope that Mathieu can continue getting to grips with things in the Premier League and help us have a successful season this term.
And it’s likely he will pick up his 15th cap for France in Paris tonight, when France have a warm up friendly International against Australia, for their crucial game against Finland in their World Cup qualifying group on Tuesday night – again in Paris.
What do you think?
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