It’s Impossible To Say What’s Going To Happen Next


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 Aston Villa

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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54 comments so far

  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m still not convinced about Debuchy, or Yanga-Mbwia for that matter, but I’m pleased they both seem to be steadily improving.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #2

    On the height issue

    It’s what hold us back as a nation. Would we have ever had messi in an English academy when there are players who are 6 foot at age 12/13? Of course we wouldn’t as our academies aren’t long term…they pick the best players to get results at the time too often and that means bigger kids as the technical lads can’t live with their pace and power and such a young age before their technical skills are fully developed.

    See it all the time in sports, rugby, cricket, football…in England the natural ability of players is drilled out of them to replace it with a 1970’s text book of how o play that sport. No true greats in any sport which requires creativity and flair are English. We produce good runners, athletes, etc but rarely anything to do with creativity.

    Nial ranger got games when he was 18/19 and Campbell is miles ahead, just typical attitude of thinking he is too small by coaches. You never know how he will do until he has a few games under his belt.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #3

    G

    Same. I don’t get the mbiwa fascination some have. The lad can’t even stay in line with the rest of the back 4…no matter how bad the coaching or language gap surely he can see things like that.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #4

    It took Colo and Enrique a good season to adapt, so I think Debuchy still has time.

    As for “not quite consistent yet”…quite? 🙂

    Still, there are some noticeable improvements…just that consistency to work on now lads.

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  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    @2, coaches have a habbit of knocking the flair out of English players too. Remember when Joe Cole was coming through West Ham’s academy, and everybody was saying he is the new Paul Gascoigne. By the time he was getting first team football everybody had hammered the fact that he should cut the sublime, and keep to the simple. Ruined that lad in my opinion.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Ibiza
    True they could come good. Just have to wait.

    Not like we have much better so might as well persist with them.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Tramsfer…Ranger didn’t get many games really, did he? Also, what was the competition for spaces at the time? Carroll and Ameobi?

    I’m not convinced he’s not being played now due to his height, but I do agree with what you’re saying about English footballs approach to smaller players. Needs to be addressed if we want to progress.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    G

    I know, same in all sports mate. Play as coach a bit of cricket and when lads go to academies they are told unless they play the exact way they are told (all the same) then they get dropped.

    This country would never get a messi, a tendulkar, a Brian Lara, a pele…just doesn’t happen. Kids aren’t allowed to express their natural styles.

    Over coaching is a massive problem…as well as poor coaching in a lot of places. The FA and clubs should invest a lot more in their local area.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Ibiza

    Ranger made over 50 games for us

    The point is he got a few goes through the middle when we had Owen, martins, shola and Carroll…only 2 that year.

    But last year Campbell got nothing…except the odd 5/10 mins on the left side…he’d have been a better option in Europe than the likes of obertan. He needs games to see how he does

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  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Coaching is in the dark ages in the UK compared to most places. They have only recently admitted that playing children on adult’s size pitches is a bad thing. I worked out that myself in the early 70’s. Get them used to playing on different surfaces too, such as grass, turf, and sand. Doesn’t seem to do the south Americans any harm.

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  • jayphoto

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #11

    I watch ALOT of french football, have done for 5 years! Got into it coz i work there a fair bit! Have never been sold on Debuchy! He always struggled when he came up against pace and often got caught out of position! Lille played with 2 defensive mids that covered the full/wing backs tho and that helped him lots! Nufc don’t play this way!

    Yanga-Mbiwa can go as far as he wants in football with the right management! Has all the attributes, a real leader when hes settled! Needs to adapt to england but I think his nufc career will mirror coloccinis when hes settled

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Transfer…Over 50? What a waster the guy is.

    Whether for us or out on loan, Campbell needs game time now.

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  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #13

    The other problem with our academy system is that once a youngster signs with an academy, he can no longer play for fun with his friends in park or at school, and they don’t play competitive games again till they are 16 or so, which has more to do with health and safety laws than poor coaching, however, it’s still wrong.

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  • Scottiedog

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #14

    IMO we should never have got rid of Simpson. Yes he was not the best going forward but at least he could defend. Defensively there is no doubt we are weaker since Rayler has been injured and Simpson has gone as Debuchy and Santon are getting caught out.

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  • jayphoto

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #15

    @ transfersage – think Ranger was the more talented to be honest! Image if he’d had campbells good attitude I honestly think he’d be ahead of Welbeck in ability now!
    If he stays out of trouble he could still be a top level striker but hes his own worst enemy
    Seen the reserves play a few times and Vuckic was always the mile ahead standout talent but I think his problem is the Coaches have no idea where to play him! Personally think hed do well in the Pirlo role but hes been used centre mid, left mid , attackin mid and upfront and thats for the first team!

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  • Rooster

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Campbell has been given virtually no chance at all, and now hes left out the senior squad, Pardew said he was already at Sholas level early last season and continually looked as good as anyone in training (quoted) he has had 20 mins here and there, as has been mentioned put wide out left. strange, hes rocket fulled play him through the middle his timing is spot on, hes quicker with better hold up play than cisse, much better to watch as well, Pardew keeps faith with Cisse and while he may score goals again hes just awful to watch, I would cash in on Cisse.

    He`llScore against City n Liverpool now ha ha!

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  • Rooster

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Ibiza, are you still on the Tabs bonny lad????

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  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Rooster…No mate, have moved over to an E-“Tab”….well, most of the time anyway 🙂

    Did I read right the other day that you are beefman? I knew there was something suspect about ya!

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  • jimBOB

    Oct 11, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #19

    have to agree with you there Scottiedog, daft getting shot of Simpson.

    I would tend to look more at Vuckic as a center foward, andy carroll esc. he is definatly not a creative sort. your right about him being stand out in the reserves and he also shows he has something, I mean i havent seen someone crack a ball with power and accuracy for a long time, I just thought he was getting lucky but if thats so….he is really good at it.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Evening lads 🙂 finally weekend

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Denmark is playing Italy tonight (we are probably going to get our arse kicked :()

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  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #22

    @21, never mind mate, just remember the Denmark team that won the Euro cup tournament that they never qualified for (The Balkans war meant Yugoslavia had to pull out), with a team made up of players who nobody had heard of at the time, and were expected to get thrashed 3 times and then go home. The Italians will never take that achievement away from you Jesper.

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  • FAU

    Oct 11, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #23

    debuchy isnt that bad, hull city match he didnt get much help from hatem , thts why when aluko or graham drag him from the left , brady is free . @jayphoto, he marked agbonlanor rellywell though,he is very pacey. i guess debuchys problem is more to tactical defending against 442 team. his positioning against city was horrible. hopefully he’ll improve with lfc new 442 tmorow.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Oct 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Ridiculous that people were complaining about sending players out on loan to the likes of Gateshead or Carlisle because they are too low down the ladder, now people are panicking because our youngsters don’t have anywhere to go!

    Do I really have to stay off this blog until something is happening?

    Are these articles and comments going to be so irrelevant until then? I’d rather Ed turned out 1 or 2 articles at quiet periods than more like the previous one.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #25

    does debuchy eat snails and frogs legs

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  • Ciaran

    Oct 11, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #26

    Evening ladies and gents!

    Just caught up on some of the comments and found it quite funny that Ian Toon now claims to be representing the opinions of NUST purely because is a member.

    For what it is worth, NUST have backed the march so I’d have thought that that is a pretty clear indicator as to what their feelings on the march is.

    Those who are worrying about the conduct of the fans should possibly try trusting their fellow fans a little bit more too. Not saying the fears are unjustified, as last season’s derby defeat did show that there are a small minority who want to cause trouble, but the police and the council have gave the march the go-ahead, so why don’t we just see how it pans out. Just my two pence worth.

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #27

    send shola out cockle picking

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  • Transfer Sage

    Oct 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #28

    TDS

    I’d rather see the kids loaned to a Sunday league side than playing no football or reserve games

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #29

    bet the heed would ave em

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #30

    Someone will always make trouble at a march or a demostration – it doesn’t mean the march is unjust!

    As fans it is are right and most powerful weapon in a time when a large amount of the supporters are more concerned about their season tickets whichthey have paid good money for!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #31

    TS…I would rather the kids were loaned out in August when they should have been!

    …should have one of the conclusions this summer when last a?eason was reviewed!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #32

    I would just like to add this:

    “Review my ass!”

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  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Transfer sage @9.

    Ranger made over 50 games for us but the way the silly sod’s going on, it’ll not be long before he has as many in court!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #34

    G…that is true mate 😀

    …you just made my day mate!

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #35

    http://mobil.bold.dk/#/nyt/23-aarig-paa-plads-som-Cardiff-sportsdirektoer

    You can google translate it!

    *If Cardiff can sack their DoF why cn’t we? 😀

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Echo! Echo!

    …Hello, is there anybody out there?
    I’m alone hanging by a thread!

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #37

    tds chased all

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  • John Tudor

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #38

    lol

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  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #39

    jesperfuglsang – captain of the lemon crew

    Nope. The beggars have taken their support to Cardiff City as it’s going to be worse run than us!

    Just a thought, I wonder if Ashley and Mr Tan had had a conversation with Ashley offering advice on running a successful football club?

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  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #40

    @39

    • beggars = neggars

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