There has been news recently that Steve McClaren is looking into signing former right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who is another player who has left Newcastle for a bigger club and found himself on the bench.
His best pal Yohan Cabaye ended up on the bench at PSG before him before returning to England and Crystal Palace in the summer for first team football.
Mathieu Debuchy at Arsenal
And because Mathieu is not getting regular first team football he is now in danger of losing his place in the French squad for the Euro 2016 tournament in France next summer.
He´s been omitted from the French squad to play friendly matches against Armenia on October 8, and Denmark on October 11.
Mathieu has more chance of moving to PSG or Monaco who are also keeping tabs on him, although he may end up where he is at Arsenal at the moment – and on the bench at those French League clubs.
Debuchy was recently interviewed in the Telegraph:
“In the long-term, if this situation continues it could become tricky,”
“Wenger knows I’m worried though because there’s an important deadline at the end of the season.”
“It’s a must to hold down a first team place. It’s clear. To be effective on the field you need game time.”
Newcastle have Daryl Janmaat at right back and unless either Daryl or Debuchy can play left-back this story doesn´t make much sense.
Mathieu is also 30 and not getting any younger and Arsenal would want to recuperate much of the £12M they paid Newcastle for him just over a year ago, which doesn´t seem like good value.
We brought in Janmaat for £5M from Feyenoord and that was a good deal for Newcastle.
Newcastle don´t tend to bring back players who have left for bigger clubs either – we didn´t want Yohan Cabaye last summer for example and instead brought in 24 year-old Gini Wijnaldum.
Newcastle would be much better off getting a young British player who can play left back over the January transfer window – which is a position Newcastle need strengthening.
Center back is the other position we are weak in and after conceding 17 goals in the first eight league games perhaps we will now strengthen the defense in January – which we should have done more comprehensively in the summer.
What do you think?