Vurnon Anita is a good example of a player who needed time to adjust to the Premier League, and although he played 37 times with one terrific goal last season, he was rarely a starter in the side, but he has managed to adjust his play at Newcastle.
Mathieu Debuchy – in action against Liverpool
This season he has looked a very good player and a good buy at around £6.5M, and we always have to realize that it takes time for players to settle in at Newcastle, some longer than others.
That’s also been true of the five Frenchmen we brought in during the January window, but there are now definite signs that all five players are starting to adjust to the rigors and demands of English football.
And it was no more apparent than against Chelsea on Saturday, when four of those players – Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Moussa Sissoko all started and all had good games.
And Mathieu Debuchy was the Man of the Match and the best player on the field against Chelsea.
Add to that, the fact that the missing Frenchman Massadio Haidara had played very well in the first half in the previous game against Manchester City and came off injured at half time, and all five Frenchmen seem to be starting to play at or near their best form for the Magpies.
And the very fact that four of the five started the game last Saturday suggests they have been good buys for the Tyneside club.
So maybe if they keep adjusting this season, we could even do very well in the league and become more consistent than we’ve been up till now.
The key is for Newcastle to play solidly in every game, and while the game at Tottenham this Sunday is a tough one, the twp games following against Norwich City and West Brom at home, are two games we should be able to win, and anything but 6 points from those games will be a disappointment.
We’d be happy with 6 points from our next three league games, before we have to travel to Swansea and Manchester United.
What do you think?