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Alan Pardew Heaps Praise On Newcastle Star

10:22 am, Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

One of the best players at Newcastle this season and a strong candidate for Player of the Season is French right back Mathieu Debuchy, who was again our Man of the Match  in the 1-0 loss against Arsenal last Sunday, with a massive 74% of the vote.

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Mathieu Debuchy – in action at Crystal Palace

And not only is Mathieu best friends with Yohan Cabaye, but their link-up play and understanding at Newcastle is simply superb, and Alan Pardew has today heaped praise on the player we signed almost a year ago from Lille:

“As a player, compared to his first period here last season, it just proves what we managers are saying about new players.” “Sometimes you need time to settle and find your confidence and at the minute his confidence is sky-high.”

“He is playing like a right winger for us.” “His relationship with Cabaye in particular nearly created the first goal for us against Arsenal. They create numerous chances for us. He has been terrific.”

“I don’t want to make comparisons, but (here comes a comparison ….. wait for it) all I can say is it must be one heck of a player to keep him out of the French team at the minute because he is playing brilliantly.”

Mathieu is certain to start again for Newcastle at the Hawthorns, and it’s important that we are at or near our best today, if we are to pick up all 3 points against West Bromwich Albion – and that’s exactly what’s required today.

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Tags: Coaching · Mathieu Debuchy · Newcastle News · Yohan Cabaye

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    I’ll chase your posts more more time mate :)

    Here is Lawro’s preview:

    “West Brom’s search for a new manager goes on. The Baggies say they are taking their time and making sure they appoint the right man but that always suggests to me that, actually, they are not sure who to get.
    In the meantime, caretaker boss Keith Downing stays in charge, after drawing all three of his games so far.
    It’s not a shock that Downing has done ok, though, because this is still Steve Clarke’s team and Downing was a part of it when he was Clarke’s assistant.
    Newcastle have been in great form and were unlucky not to get anything out of their defeat by Arsenal on Sunday.
    The Baggies still have not won since they sacked Clarke on 14 December and that winless run goes back nine league games to the start of November, but I have a feeling their long wait for a victory will finally end here.
    Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
    Steve’s prediction: An entertaining romp in store at the Hawthorns with the points shared. 2-2?.

    4cyprus // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    And, as a gift to the blog, here’s my coupon. A tenner will get you over 550. A hundred 5500 and so on. Easy money.

    Fulham FC – West Ham United (3-way – result) Fulham FC ?
    Stoke City – Everton (3-way – result) Stoke City ?
    Sunderland – Aston Villa (3-way – result) Sunderland ?
    West Bromwich – Newcastle United (3-way – result) Newcastle Utd. ?

  • 2 cyprus // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    more more = one more

  • 3 Harley // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM


    From previous, previous post.

    I never knew anything about obertan and a hissy fit, when did that happen.

    Also I cannot see marveaux getting back in to the team, I think pardew just doesn’t rate him.

    Mind you I said that about willo too, so what do I know.

    In an ideal world we could sell obertan and marveaux and buy 1 good winger to take their place.

  • 4 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    So what time are playing today?

  • 5 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    So did everyone get into the new year safe and sound?

  • 6 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    A good new year would be to sneak a win for West Brom. We have a good record there. And if we play like we did against Arsenal, except for isolating Remy, we should do ok to win at worst a draw.

  • 7 Marty-Toon // Jan 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    The game is at 3 o’clock English time

  • 8 Marty-Toon // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    We need to be winning today lads,and get several players on the score sheet :-0
    Will Pards go with packing the midfield again which has worked well or will he go with a 442?
    Would like to see Cisse getting a run instead of Shola
    We need to watch out for tiredness that can bring along injuries to key players like Gouffran who has looked tired

  • 9 firebug666 // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Happy New Year to all.

    My head is saying… thumpity bump bump, but my heart is saying c’mon the TOON, think we will win this one 0-2.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Thanks Marty ????

  • 11 Tommyy // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Anyone heard about the game bring called ogf!?

  • 12 Tommyy // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Also that Lawrenson prediction is based on absolutely nothing, it’s a travesty that’s even made it to print!

  • 13 NUFCarter // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I can feel Williamson scoring today. 1-2. Cabaye with the second!

  • 14 NUFCarter // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM

  • 15 pottsclock // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Bolton Wanderers in £163m debt including a £50m loss for last year. Wow !
    That club has to be on brink now with no prospect of coming back up. West Ham would be in a similar or worse position because they borrowed £60m last season against this season’s telly money, QPR are also in a mess and I’d be quite interested to see Fulham’s and the Mackem’s current finances. One of these clubs is gonna be in big trouble at the end of this season when the dust settles.

  • 16 NUFCarter // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Sunderland will not be surviving if they bring in their top targets of Liam Bridcutt and Will Buckley from Brighton. If they want any chance of beating the drop they need to sign premier league quality.

    It shows how much how much of a superior club we are compared to them. When we were in relegation trouble last season we signed the likes of Gouffran, Yanga, Debuchy, Sissooko and Haidara. They’re in deep trouble, but are looking at players like Leadbitter. Then again who’d want to go to Sunderland?

  • 17 pottsclock // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    On Remy, I actually think he may have to go outside the EPL at the end of the season if he wants CL football.
    If we look at the teams who are likely to be in CL positions at the end of the season (apart from ourselves, of course !).
    – Chelsea and Man City will not be interested…they already have surplus in that area and can buy better quality than him if they need it
    – Arsenal now have to address their problem in January to cover Giroud’s injury
    – Liverpool are also well covered with Suarez and Coutinho plus Sturridge when he returns
    – Man U. Maybe?
    – Everton. Yes, if they finish top4
    I’m not convinced he’ll have better options that us if he wants to stay in the EPL.

  • 18 nufc123 // Jan 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Happy New Year All, first time poster!
    Nufcarter, those remy quotes are taken from the interview/bio that sky did on him before the arsenal game. If you saw the whole thing it really didn’t come across that way, but he did seem
    Pretty evasive and I do have a feeling he’s just holding out hoping for champ league team to come in for him.

    Hoping for a 3-1 win today and HBA to start!

  • 19 jimmysmith // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I’m sure Sunderland will ultimately do the right thing and stave off relegation by the skin of their yellow baccy stained teeth and so be on hand for the couple of thorough going hidings we’ve been sorely remiss in failing to deliver in more recent memory and of course thrashings that they so richly and obviously deserve.

  • 20 pottsclock // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Completely agree. I think Di Canio spent all their budget on lots of average players and Poyet is left with no option but to look for loans and deals on players he knows well. Love or hate Poyet, the squad is really weak and above all, as you say, “who would want to go to Sunderland?”

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Sunderland will be fine, plenty quality in that squad. Nice to have our rivals around for derby games.

    Also Owen just did a Q&A on twitter and backed us for 6th or 7th.

  • 22 Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:06 PM


    Depends how that debt is managed. Man utd have 500mil plus of debt. Depends on repayments, etc as to what they need to pay.

    Remember Pompey were much worse off and they survived ok even if dropping 2 leagues. Still not the end of the world

  • 23 juanpeterbeardsley // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Its supposed to have happened prior to the Arsenal game ,after he discovered he was not in the squad on sunday he allegedly took off in his car .It has been reported in a few places.
    I think you’re right Pardew doesnt rate marveux on the wing where he doesnt put the graft in that Gouffran does but he looked very good in the middle this time last year I think both him and Obertan goin for Ince or Saha would be ideal.

  • 24 Tsunki // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Remy has an option if qpr step up to PL. Stay with them while they pay all that lovely money. Champs league and even going to Brasil are just dreams anyway if he continues playing as he has lately. I think it’s a good day to start with Cisse.

  • 25 JackButler // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:11 PM


    Happy new year my friend.

    How was the “Theatre” 😀

  • 26 Benji84 // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    I dont really care if Remy stays or not! If he wants to play CL football good on him and let him go. He is a oood player but i dont rate him to start with many CL clubs. what do you guys think

  • 27 Tsunki // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    No no no no no I want the soap dodgers to drop and taste the ridicule we got for going down. I can wait for a season for their return and the hidings can commence in earnest then. It’s imperative we hammer them before they do drop though, that has to be the single biggest failing this last season.

  • 28 JackButler // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:18 PM


    Take a look at Chelsea and Arsenal, Chelsea have no consistent strikers while Arsenal only have one. Both desperately need strikers, both can afford to offer him massive wages and Remy is a massive fan of Wenger and Arsenal. He’s that good that he would make it into both sides

  • 29 pottsclock // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Well said Tsunki !

  • 30 Ted Bundy // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    My starting xi today would be:


    Balanced team and quality deliveries into the box the order of the day. Would be the first time in a while we’ve had two left-footers on the left side at the same time as the opposite on the right. Gouffran and Remy have looked our most jaded players recently and Santon although better against Arsenal, isn’t as good a prospect as Haidara, either offensively or defensively and it’s about the time the latter got a fair chance to impress.

  • 31 jimmysmith // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I think we’re better than 50% of the sides in the Champions League and 90% of the sides in the Europa. If we were Dutch or Scottish or in any of numerous other soft touch leagues going around we’d doubtless have a swag of league titles and European trophies…….well maybe!

  • 32 Tsunki // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Going out on a limb here but I think Remy ain’t all that, he’s pretty good against about two thirds of teams in this league but he’s not prolific and I doubt he would even be bench striker for a CL club on this seasons form. When he first started playing for us he looked decidedly leggy and at times right up to the last game, he still shows that occasionally. I don’t know who is rating him but he is looking like he is going to scrape into the national side at this rate.

    There is a possibility he is suffering from playing in a Pardew side, and being add to work the areas rather than use his natural game, but atm no he ain’t lookin’ all that.

  • 33 Benji84 // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    jack thats true. Its crazy that arsenal dont have any real forwards part from Gerioud. Bentner is ok on his day but he can be f*****g useless

  • 34 Tsunki // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Pottsclock – I feel it’s the duty of common sense to speak up against the leniency that is sometimes shown towards the fly blown jumble sale rejects down the road. Talk of them escaping any humiliation is capitulation and should be stamped out! :)

  • 35 Benji84 // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    tsunki i have to agree you get him away from going from the win and cutting in to taking on the two centre backs he struggles. some times i dont think even pardew knows his own tactics some matches

  • 36 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Pottsclock @15

    Thats why I back Ashley and his buying spending. Some big team is going to go out of existence in the next five ten years

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    JB…happy New Year mate!

    …the theater was great ???? lol you don’t always have a choice you know!

  • 38 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I hope Obertan will be moved on soon as possible, but personally I don’t understand why Marv is not rated higher – Pardew does seem to have a problem using flair players ????

  • 39 Tsunki // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Jesper – maybe it’s more a question of attitude and commitment than skill. Or maybe our attempts at having his injuries fixed have not gone so well. At any rate, he is clearly thought to be not good enough.

  • 40 pottsclock // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Personally I think there must be something else about the Marveaux situation that we are not aware of. Could be a personality clash with Pardew, attitude problem, personal issue or something that we cannot see.
    I’m not saying he is a match starter but would be a much better option off the bench than Ober.

  • 41 Tsunki // Jan 1, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    The ONLY real like about Ashley is that he knows how to keep a business running in the black. It doesn’t look like we will be joining the administrators roll call any time soon.

  • 42 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Tsunki…I must admit I don’t know what the problem is with Marv or if there really is any? ????

    …but I don’t understand why he is not deemed good enough – seeing as who Pardew has deemed good enough in the past tells me skills has nothing to do with it.

    Flair players do sem to sit more on our bench these days ????

  • 43 Tsunki // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Jesper – I am not sure it’s flair per se that puts Pardew off but that such players tend to put emphasis on their skill above the needs of the many, the team ethic. Pardew wants to see work rate and commitment first, maybe some players have a problem with that. Obviously Benny is getting to grips with it, albeit slowly.

  • 44 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Tsunki…usually players less gifted compensate with work rate – at least that is my experience! But you still need flair players ????

    …you know it is easier to ask a technically gifted player to work harder for the team than is to ask a player to work magic ???? but that magic is more often what makes the difference!

  • 45 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Poor Swansea fans going mad having not got a penalty for ball hitting Kompany’s hand/arm
    I they have short memories

  • 46 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Well Charlie…would you act any differently if we got cheated from a penalty?

  • 47 Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM


    i don’t think any big teams will go out of business….always somebody willing to buy, and so much money floating around teams will never disappear, maybe drop a few leagues but that’s it.

  • 48 Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM


    I never complain about ref decisions, never an easy job for them to do so unless a total shocker (like sterling given offside when 3 yards on) then it’s ok with me.

    What they need to do is make rules on cards much simpler and more black and white, this whole thing now based on intent/reckless/dangerous play is too open for individual interpretation

  • 49 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    Tsunki…about your earlier post I think Remy as a very selfish player…and he seems to get away with it when others don’t!

  • 50 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    as someone who watched his last game v chelsea young reserve team i can see why marv is not being selected .in and out in first half poor touch in second half all the time then substituted probably because of his poor performance.he does not fit inwith the way the team plays this season. he is lazy ,gutless ,does not tackle,head a ball,the only way he should be on the bench is lying down horizontally to prevent the other players getting cold imho

  • 51 Harley // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM


    I complety agree about remy. I’ve said many times on here that I don’t think he’s good enough for our champions league clubs. I think they will all have their sights set higher than that.

    It would be a choice really between us, Everton and spurs who he had to choose from.

    He’s good but not top level. A bit like cabaye really.

  • 52 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    TS…I very much agree with that

  • 53 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    But a bit ironic it was at Swansea that we should of had two.
    And some of the decisions over the last few weeks not just us but crazy.
    I do think that some club will go tits up trying to chase the dream/staying in premiership

  • 54 saxonfenken // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Happy New Year to all True Toon fans.
    may we prosper and become a great team,
    after 63 years of supporting i am still hoping

    good luck Catcy, Ruddy, and Jail, but please change the record just sometines

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM


    for me there are bad decisions every week on penalties and red cards, all refs make them. seeing as they all do it often to me says the rules aren’t clear and difficult to interpret properly.

    If only one or two refs made mistakes then its poor reffing, for them all to make them often it’s poor rules.

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    It seems Solskjær will be the new manager of Cardiff?

    …Dannyo you didn’t see that coming did you mate 😉 lol

  • 57 Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:54 PM


    like pompey did and dropped 2/3 leagues? or go totally bust and cease to exist?

    i hope none do as fans shouldn’t be the ones to suffer for a reckless owner.

    i suppose the only safe thing about spending big is usually you get a good chunk of the transfer fee back when you sell on

  • 58 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    I bet MaKay will take over at WBA?

  • 59 toonbrother // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    this is the line up i expect to see today


    bench: Shola, Cisse, Anita, Santon, ABC, ABC,ABC, Elliot

  • 60 Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM


    the media seem to think thats a bad choice for Ole with Vincent Tan running the club the way he does but for me it’s the perfect first club in the prem league for him.

    He has already said he’d back the new manager in january, so he gets some money. If they go down well its cardiff, they are expected to, if he stays up he gets loads of praise and if it all goes wrong vincent Tan gets the blame for being a crazy owner…..Ole can’t lose really.

  • 61 Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:57 PM


    also on mcckay….apparently he wont take a job this season as he a has court battle with cardiff to get 2mil payout, might as well for the way they treat him.

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    TS…I do think the ref. quality at times are questinable at times :-)

  • 63 hatem786 // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Happy new year:)

  • 64 hatem786 // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM


  • 65 Transfer Sage // Jan 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM


    but there are so many mistakes i think it must be more to rules than refs

  • 66 Mister Tuff // Jan 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Happy New Year to all Toon fans – including the idiots,loonies and the more exotic posters.
    I think Percy will mix it up a bit today so I’m going for a 3 -1 win to the Toon with Benny getting a couple.

  • 67 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    TS…I didn’t know that :-)

    …but WBA would have been a great club for MaKay to get some more experience?

  • 68 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Senor Tuff…I am the exotic one right? 😉 lol

  • 69 jimmysmith // Jan 1, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    If he picks Sissoko in the middle and Benny on the wing I think we’ll struggle. Sissoko doesn’t seem that capable in central mid. I think we need Anita in there to keep everything ticking over. Or Cabs in there alongside Tiote with Benny in front and Sissoko out wide where he seems far more effective.

    Anyhoo, tough game, reluctantly take a point, but desperately want to see us put in a real collective shift with Benny at his dazzling best. I’m not sure the two have ever truly coincided.

  • 70 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Yeah its the fans that suffer and like Pompey it is the fans who have had to dig them/buy them out of the shit.

    That’s where Ashley and the TOON have been clever – least most of the players we buy have a sell on price. cannot see the Mackems getting much of a sell on price for the players they have bought

  • 71 K T Cat // Jan 1, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Some days the Debuchy helps you and some days the Debuchy hurts you.

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