Mathieu Debuchy has been speaking today with the French daily L’Equipe, and he has indicated that he has been frustrated playing for Newcastle because the coach has told him to stay back.
Mathieu Debuchy - in French colors – frustrated
This is what Mathieu told the French daily L’Equipe today:
“I was a little frustrated in my first season at Newcastle because the coach asked me to stay behind, while for France the coach told me to stay high.¨
“If you do not go up enough, people will say that you do not bring enough offensively.” “And if you go up too much, they will say that you are not calm defensively.¨
“That’s why there will always be critics but I still have to make progress on some points.” “You ask me how the competing is going, if I think about playing, what I think of his game but I’m focusing first of all on me,”
“I try to give my all, Bacary too, then after this the coach will make his choice. In football, everything goes very fast.”
Whatever you do in life, you will always face criticism, sometimes severe, and you can either try to avoid it, flinch from it, ignore it, or face it full-on and toughen up because of it, and I’ve found the latter approach is the best way to go.
And the time when you don’t get criticized is the time after you have died – but it even continues after that too.
And these translations from the French are difficult sometimes, and whether Mathieu meant his first season was the half season after he first arrived a year last January, or last season, is not too clear.
But generally Debuchy has been given free rein to attack down the wing, since that’s one of the best parts of his game – and he wouldn’t make a bad right winger.
Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna is now playing close to his very best form, after a string of injuries over the last eighteen months, and Mathieu will need to fight it out with Sagna for that starting right back position in Brazil.
Sagna will become a free agent at the end of June, and there was some news a few days ago that Manchester City have agreed a three-year-deal with the player, which is reported to be worth around £140K/ week – which is a cool £9M a year.
Not a bad way to end you career when you are 31.