When Yohan Cabaye came to Newcastle in June of 2011, he had never been capped by France, but when he left Newcastle last month, he had 26 full caps for France and was one of their very best players, and he was their star man in the amazing 3-0 win against Ukraine in Paris in November, in the second leg of the World Cup playoff, which got them to Brazil this June.
Mathieu Debuchy – comments great for Newcastle as a club
There’s no doubt that Newcastle and Alan Pardew and the coaching staff made Yohan into a better player.
And he was finally being played as a withdrawn striker when he left in January, and the French International would probably have ended the season with the highest goals haul of his career, if he had stayed on Tyneside.
But he didn’t and he scored 5 goals in his final seven games for Newcastle and seven total goals for half a season.
And it’s fitting that Mathieu Debuchy has admitted in the Chronicle today that playing for Newcastle United in the Premier League has made him into a better player.
Since arriving at Newcastle Mathieu has become France’s number one right back and is a certainty to be in the French squad for the World Cup in Brazil.
This is what Debuchy has said today:
“You become better by playing and training with big players, and playing in the best league of course you will progress.”
“It is all to play for.” “You never know – you have to be ambitious. With France the team has to look to get out of the group stage at the World Cup.”
“We will have to play well and show our determination to qualify.”
Those comments will only help Newcastle in the summer’s transfer market.
And forget about the negative comments about Newcastle continually being made by Montpellier Chairman Lou Nichollin – as one example – players want to improve, and if they come to Newcastle there’s a very good chance that will happen.
Newcastle may just be a stepping stone these days to bigger and better things for their players, because if they become really good like Yohan Cabaye or Demba Ba, they will likely move on to bigger clubs who play in the Champions League every year.
But these are good comments from Mathieu today, and will only help Newcastle in this summer’s transfer market, which is likely to be a huge one for the club.
What do you think?