This Newcastle Player Again Tops Our Poll


French International right-back Mathieu Debuchy  is leading our poll for Newcastle best player in the game at home yesterday against Southampton.

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Mathieu Debuchy challenges Jay Rodriguez yesterday

We though Vurnon Anita had another good game for the side, but we also missed the creativity and passing ability of Yohan Cabaye, and maybe if Yohan had not been suspended, he could have opened up the Southampton defense.

But it’s not the first time Mathieu has topped our poll this season, and if he continues in his excellent form this season, the French International full-back could be the Player of the Season come next May – in his first full season on Tyneside.

However, after the Frenchman took an early lead in the poll, Anita and Debuchy are now neck and neck – so here’s a chance to vote if you haven’t already done so.

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135 comments so far

  • John Tudor

    Dec 15, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    points lost but a point gained

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  • nico

    Dec 15, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Seriously, how can Anita get all them votes. I was at the game yesterday and constantly kept thinking, ‘Why did he do that’, ‘Why play back when he could have gone forward’, ‘He’s well out of position’, ‘That corner was terrible’. People wonder why Pardew doesn’t play him much. It’s because he’s not all that good. Yes, he is capable of doing well and has a good attitude but I often think, why didn’t we go for Shelvey instead, how he’s a class act. Always positive with his passes and constantly setting up chances or scoring himself, great attitude to. I hope he goes to the World Cup.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #3

    nico

    i wasn’t at the game i watched it on TV and i got to say Anita was immense, he was all over the pitch winning tackles, pressuring players and did an HBA inside the box.

    realistically he played like Tiote but with more attack

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed there is a difference between ‘though’, ‘through’, and ‘thought’! FFS get it right I read this blog everyday and I always ignore it but you do it every article, it’s getting very annoying.

    On topic- Debuchy is head and shoulders above the rest in his progress this season. He is quickly becoming the best right back in the league. Now we’re seeing the benefits from him and the difference he makes to the side compared to Simpson.

    Debuchy also highlights Santon’s weaknesses, making Haidara a great option to try out and make Santon realize he can’t leave the defense exposed like he does and get away with it.

    Against the Saints, Debuchy, Sissoko, Willo and Anita my men of the match- well done lads!

    HWTL

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football/448778/Crocked-Andy-Carroll-causing-concern-for-West-Ham

    and to think some clowns on here wanted Carroll back at Newcastle

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #6

    nico
    I was there yesterday and gave Anita MOM just ahead of Debuchy and Sissoko because he was willing to try things. I Thought he defended well in front of the back four breaking up play and also was involved in a lot of the build up play. but he lacks the long ball and killer balls of Cabaye. I thought his corner to Debuchy on the edge of the box was something different to lob it in the middle.
    Also did a brilliant dribble in the box first half and pulled it back but know one gambled on him pulling the ball back.
    Remy and Shloa were poor yesterday – lacked movement and conviction yesterday.
    Ben Arfa did well when he came on but has to learn to pass at the right time.
    Should be interesting the lineup for next week (midfield) if everyone is fit

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    spot on mate, what’s funny though is that Gouffran & Sissoko were basically playing the striker role and to think where was Remy?

    i hope Cisse hasn’t taught him anything lol

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #8

    This season is on balance for newcastle

    At Home, 8 matches-4 wins 3draws 1losss
    Away,8 matches- 4wins 1 draw 3 loss

    we need to bring 3 players in jan so that pardew can mix between 4-4-2 and 4-2-3-1

    1. Bafetimi Gomis- strong physical striker would complement Remy in 4-4-2 in place of ameobi…
    2. Nickolas N’kolou- a strong physical defender
    3. Antonio Valencia- a winger who works his socks off.. Good in defending and attacking..
    4. Finagobson(Fin striker from heverneen)- seeing cisse play.

    sell:
    1. Gabriel Obertan
    2. Jonas Guittirez
    3. Cisse
    4. Saylor

    Loan:
    1. Haidara/Dummet
    2. Sammy Ameobi

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  • Slank

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    I watched the match on the telly (as I live abroad) and gave Anita MOTM. However, it was touch and go between him and Debuchy.

    Debuchy is probably the most improved player this season perhaps because foreign defenders take longer to adapt to the Premier League. It was certainly the case with Colo and Enrique.

    I also think Sissoko has improved enormously perhaps because he has found a position within a formation that he feels comfortable with.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    when Anita dribbled into the box i saw only Sissoko on the edge of the box and the strikers were coming up ( to bloody late though ) i think AP needs to sort this out

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Newcastleforlife

    haven’t you heard mate Newcastle have no transfer money at all so i wouldn’t expect any signings in January unless we sell to buy but only if it’s one of our star players

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Black and White
    Cheers I try to give a brief account on how I see it without having favourites.
    Enjoyed the game though a bit tense second half.
    Interesting that Newcastle tried the pressing game also but need to work on it a bit more though

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Newcastleforlife

    also mate your selling and loaning doesn’t make sense, we already have a thin squad so selling 4 and loaning out 3 and bring in 3 is gonna leave us with an even more thin squad

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  • lesh

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    JP…from The Rock…… it must be good to live a lifes where one’s only worry is mis-spelling.

    Let it ride JP

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #15

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    aye mate i’m a bit surprise we didn’t keep pressing them because at times that we did Southampton were panicking and making mistakes.

    i even saw Southampton playing long ball to get out of danger which we should of took advantage of

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Black and white army lol:
    Mate, I dont think so… if u check out the last 2 years, the strategy has been buy a) players who are frustrated b) players whose contract expires c) from teams that are struggling in JAN
    and buy well scouted players by carr in summer..

    I believe we will bid for Gomis/remy cabella/finagobsson/ince(at least 2 of them )

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  • Slank

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Newcastleforlife @ 8

    I very much doubt the club would sell Cisse so recently after having paid out for him. It also sends out the wrong signal of ‘one bad season and you are out’ to any player thinking about a move to Newcastle.

    I find it interesting that you think Saylor should be sold. It wasn’t so long ago that nearly all the people wanted Williamson out. I very much doubt that’s the case today.

    Also, the way I read it is, why would you want to put out on loan two left backs. What happens if Santon is out injured or suspended or has a loss of form?

    Also again, why isn’t Marveaux in your list. Surely the writing is on the wall for him as he hasn’t featured at all this season.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Slank

    good point mate, iv’e always said Sissoko will one day become our star player and at 23 years old it’s looking good

    iv’e been criticise before when i said this but i’ll say it again we need to build the team around Sissoko

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  • Newcastleforlife

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    I meant haidara or dummet not both…

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  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #20

    Away from home

    8 games 4 losses 4 wins.

    Odd match loss, even match win

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  • expatmag

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21

    G/Day from Oz

    Well if Remy had taken those two chances, we would have won easily. However, we need to focus ahead now and look for maximum points from Palce and Stoke.

    On the subject of transfers, forget Zaha on loan and Berbatov as they will not take us further than we already are.

    If Ashley wants to continue to make signinghs on the cheap, what about the following:

    Ince for Gosling plus a couple of million
    Luuk De Jong in a straight swap for Cisse
    Gomis for 3 million
    The young right back from Burnley as back up to Debuchy for a couple of million
    and Remy, of course

    Not asking too much, is it?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #22

    Black and White
    Spot on, I don’t think I have seen Southampton play the long ball as much as yesterday.
    AND
    KRUL – distribution has got to improve as a few times yesterday our full backs came short and wide for the roll-out but he dwelt on the ball too long and were closed down so he had to pump the ball long which becomes a fifty-fifty ball.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #23

    Newcastleforlife

    i get your point mate about those players it would be amazing for Newcastle to pull of another Sissoko kind of deal.

    but like i said in order for us to purchase players we need to sell first and these quotes are actually came from MA, AP & JFK themselves.

    but really we can only hope, if theses deals actually happen without anyone leaving i can safely say that MA might have some ambition for us to have success but i wouldn’t count on it though.

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  • Slank

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Newcastleforlife

    ‘I meant haidara or dummet not both…’

    I forgive you, but not the rest !

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Charlie in the Gallowgate

    i think we all are getting sick of Krull with his distribution but on the other hand if he aimed more of his long balls to specific players like he did against Manure that led to the goal it would be good but i wouldn’t want him to constantly keep doing this

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  • 70TWO

    Dec 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Top of the flops, I expected more of Pardew in his attempt to ‘get one over ‘ on his former employer.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #27

    Newcastleforlife

    i wouldn’t loan out either Dummet or Haidara these are our only left footed full backs

    RB – Debuchy, Santon
    LB – Dummet, Haidara

    i would keep rotating these players especially with the FA cup coming up

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Black and White
    I don’t mind the long kick out but I think he should mix it up a bit more some long some short – keep the opposition guessing

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #29

    I missed the game yesterday but caught a few highlights, remy could and should have won it for us. We seemed to play well.

    On transfers people post not sure why they want gomis. The man is poor and has a very modest record in France. The lad isn’t a hold up player and from everything I have seen shola is twice the player.

    We now have a pretty good squad, not just 11, so we should really be looking to only bring players in who will genuinely push our better players for spots…we are now past the need for players to fill the numbers out.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #30

    and Mbiwa can play anywhere along the back 4

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #31

    we should bring in Zaha on loan and Ince through purchase and have Remy & Goufrran as our leading strikers

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  • Slank

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #32

    Black and White with an army lol @ 15

    Yes I agree with you. Given the number of uncharacteristically long balls from Soton it shows that our forwards are defending well from the front. I first noticed this against Spurs and it has continued on from there, certainly against ManU who were never allowed to settle on the ball.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #33

    I gave MOM to Sissoko,
    the guy is just immense. He can dribble, is intimidating, he’s improving. But, Debuchy, Tiote, Anita, Williamson, Colo etc were all good. In fact, we’re beginning to look like a team, lads, for those of you who missed the game. despite them hitting the post, we deserved to win this one. Remy missed a sitter that Cisse haters would’ve loved if it was Cisse, if you know what I mean 😉

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #34

    expatmag

    i think MYM would be extra cover for those 4 full backs if any get injured or if we play deep since he wouldn’t venture forward to much

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  • expatmag

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #35

    TS

    Yes, we have a good squad but if we want to improve further, we need to upgrade.

    As it is at the moment, Shola doesn’t score, Gomis does. Cisse is gone, in my opinion and Remy will go to a bigger club.

    That leaves us with Gouffran.

    We need several forwards, all capabnle of finding the net.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #36

    Charlie

    In with you, I don’t mind the long kick from goal either but krul needs to work on his accuracy with it as a lot of the time it seems like an aimless punt.

    His biggest sin with distribution though is how long he takes, it’s very rare you seem him gather the ball and release it right away, always gives a bit too much time to allow the opposition to get some shape back.

    He just needs more work on it though, if that’s the only fault I can pick with him he is doing a good job in goal.

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  • cyprus

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #37

    Gouffran, HBA, Santon were also good. Literally, I mean, the whole team was good. Remy on a bit of a barren one, however.

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #38

    Slank

    aye mate i think that’s why against Manure it was a very entertaining match a bit like the KK days

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  • bills-son

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #39

    Loan out Haidara?

    He should be given a run in place of Santon imo. Losing the ball on yet another foolish run inside was the cause of their goal.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #40

    I really cannot see the point of Zaha, especially as he clearly doesn’t want to move further north.

    If we are trying to develop our own players, why the hell woud we want to do Man Utd any favours with theirs.

    Furthermore, if we signed him on loan, where does that leave HBA.

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