Both Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy are showing very good form for France in the World Cup so far, and Mathieu has again beat out former Arsenal right back Bacaray Sagna for the starting position at right back – and Moussa is pushing top Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba for a starting position in central midfield.
Mathieu Debuchy – misses Champions League
One thing that is becoming clear is that Newcastle could certainly play Moussa in central midfield next season.
Mathieu’s best friend Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle for PSG last January, and there have been noises that Mathieu may join him there in the summer, and now the Newcastle right-back has said in Brazil that he misses playing in the Champions League
This is what Mathieu has told reporters today
“It is European Cup competition I miss, specifically the Champions League, but right now I’m focused on the World Cup, after that we’ll see.”
Let’s face it – Newcastle have no chance of qualifying for the Champions League any time soon, and certainly not while our current transfer strategy is in place – where we put an emphasis on not paying out too much in transfer fees for the players we bring in.
Mathieu has become one of the best full backs in the Premier League while he’s been on Tyneside, and we don’t blame him for having the ambition of playing in the Champions League, and of course many of his French team mates play in that top European league every season.
Debuchy has seen recently that Newcastle are willing to let their best player leave in mid-season and not replace him, and that Newcastle are more than a little thrifty in the transfer market, and it may be dawning on him that his ambitions in football are more than Newcastle United can offer him.
If he does leave Newcastle this summer, he is simply following in the footsteps of players like Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye who already worked that out.
Also the continual message from manager Alan Pardew that we cannot compete with the top clubs in England doesn’t help much either.
It’s the Newcastle upper management (that’s code for owner Mike Ashley) – who are responsible for this situation – and it’s hardly the players’ fault they are more ambitious than the present day Newcastle United.
As long as Mike Ashley is the owner, and he remains unwilling to spend the money he has available at Newcastle to bring in good players, we cannot see much success at Newcastle in the foreseeable future.
It seems that Mathieu Debuchy has already worked that one out.
What do you think?