We reported yesterday that Newcastle were keeping tabs on Toulouse right back Serge Aurier, who is only 21 and has improved dramatically at Toulouse, and we suspected it may be in case Mathieu Debuchy leaves in the summer.
Mathieu Debuchy – could leave this summer
And it’s being reported in the Northern Echo today that Graham Carr, the Newcastle Chief Scout, has been told to scout for decent right backs, just in case Debuchy does leave the club.
Of course we don’t really have an out-and-out right back to take over from Debuchy when he’s injured, and Yanga-Mbiwa has played that role in the last few games since Mathieu has been out injured.
But he had a nightmare game last time out at Southampton, and was hauled off at the break, and the now fit again Davide Santon took over and did OK for his first time back.
Certainly if Newcastle can get somebody of Aurier’s ability and stature in, we would be in a much better position to allow Mathieu to leave.
But it’s now unclear whether Debuchy will leave in the summer, but it seems good planning to have some right backs lined up in case it does happen.
Mathieu has improved so much in the short time since he’s been on Tyneside, that he is looking for Champions League football, and it’s now a case of getting the required (high) fee for him before allowing him to leave.
But if PSG do come in and offer decent money for him he could be gone, and Newcastle will have to bring somebody in – and that’s why we will probably be linked with a few right backs in the summer.
So it’s clear what the Debuchy situation is right now – it’s uncertain.
But if Debuchy is sold, it should be early in the summer, so Newcastle know where they stand – and these last minute deals usually result in no replacement being brought in.
Newcastle cannot allow that to happen again this summer, which is shaping up to be a massive transfer window, and hopefully a very good transfer window for the cub.