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Star Defender Made Available – Are Newcastle Interested?

7:45 am, Thursday, December 31st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that former Newcastle right back Mathieu Debuchy could be allowed to leave the north London club in January, after what has turned out to be a poor move for the French International when he left Newcastle 18 months ago.

Injury cost Mathieu his first team place at Arsenal as 20 year-old Spanish U21 International Hector Bellerín came in and made the right back spot his own and has made 50 appearances for the Gunners since Debuchy arrived at the club.

The former Newcastle defender has 22 appearances at Arsenal.

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Mathieu Debuchy – while at Newcastle for 18 months

Some national newspapers are reporting that Newcastle are interested in taking the 30 year-old back to Tyneside – but that’s probably based on seeing Newcastle 3rd bottom of the league and a former star player of ours now available.

But Newcastle are fairly well off at right back, with Daryl Janmaat playing well and Kevin Mbabu available as a back-up.

Of course Mathieu will be desperate to play first team football for the second half of the season in an attempt to get into the French squad for the Euro 2016 Championships to be held in France next June.

This is what Arsene Wenger has said when asked if Debuchy could leave next month:

“It’s not impossible,” “I’m happy if he stays but we’ll see.”

It’s really left back that Newcastle need to strengthen, so unless Mathieu or Daryl Janmaat can play at left back it doesn’t seem to make much sense to try to get Debuchy back in.

While at Newcastle for a short 18 month from January of 2013, Mathieu played 46 times for the club with one goal.

We bought Mathieu from Lille for just less than £6M three years ago and sold him for about £12M – so we made £6M on him in 18 months – that’s how owner Mike Ashley will look at Mathieu Debuchy.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Mathieu Debuchy · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jasper // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:50 AM


  • 2 Slank // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:52 AM


  • 3 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 31, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Morning Ron…I don’t see us buying any players to be honest…not anyone who matters anyway!

  • 4 Slank // Dec 31, 2015 at 8:11 AM

    The problem at the moment is not, and contrary to many peoples views, our defence.

    The real problem is the attack. We are not scoring. The attack have missed ‘sitters’ that would have changed the respective games and would probably have resulted in wins.

    If the attack is fully functioning the team can recover from conceding a single goal.

    There also has to be a question mark about playing two defensive midfielders without a creative playmaker. Gini is not the ‘Cabaye’ type who will dictate play and be the lynchpin of the midfield. Gini is all about movement and getting in the opposition box, which he does really well.

    Shelvey looks like he could be that lynchpin but would only need a single defensive midfield player alongside him. It would enable Gini to move into the middle and allow Thauvan to play on the left and thereby balance the team.

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Dec 31, 2015 at 8:17 AM


    I think we will sign at least 3 players this window. I think Ashley will panic and buy a few in, hoping that it gives us enough to stay up and protect his investment.

    He really should be looking at those below him (Charnley and McClaren, plus the scouting network) but I don’t think mid season, when we are in the bottom 3, would be the time to replace them as there isn’t really anyone available currently I can think of who’d be willing to come in.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Dec 31, 2015 at 8:19 AM


    Exactly, Leicester are joint top of the league and have 4 clean sheets from a possible 19 and are joint top of the league.

    Simply by posing more of a goal treat our opposition will be slightly more cautious in attack and might see less of the ball which naturally helps the defence.

    I still think we need a CB and a more rounded left back as dummet isn’t good enough going forward, he needs to be tried out as a CB long term.

  • 7 jazzyp // Dec 31, 2015 at 8:20 AM

    Agree mate we have no creativity at all in the squad.we play with 2 holding midfielders every game and are on the back foot every game.
    We have no threat down the left hand side, play our best players out of position and most important of all cannot play a possession game

  • 8 WWSBRD // Dec 31, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Tbf it’s both attack and defence we struggle in, we don’t have a LB now with Haidara injured, we have 1 RB and if Colo gets injured (which is likely) our defence will be lost as they all take their line from him

    Up fronts has the same holes, seem to have no trusted wingers at the club and reliant on young strikers who are naive in their play (to be expected)

    Least we have CAMs covered though and err no actually that’s the only position which seems stocked

  • 9 Ron Knee // Dec 31, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Morning jesper

    We might buy one or two ‘for the future’!

  • 10 lesh // Dec 31, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Pardew’ll be in for Debuchy for sure

  • 11 NoahJ // Dec 31, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    No thanks- was a good player, but left at the first sign of danger. Also, I thought Janmaat was an upgrade on him anyway.

    Speaking of which, does anyone else feel Janmaat would be better as a right winger? he can’t really defend, but his bombing forward creates the bulk of our chances in a game; if we got a decent right back in jan, I think we should try this (it’s not as though we’re overstocked with right wingers at the moment)

  • 12 nufc 11 // Dec 31, 2015 at 10:10 AM

    If we signed cabaye we would have been top 10 now if we resigned him it would have been a change of policy God knows he might have gone on to end his days at nufc and manage the club the face of the club the current players are soulless bcoz they sold their soul to the devil to move to nufc they might as well be prisoners their just numbers to the board and the play like that too the club is rotten to the core.

  • 13 SJ Toon Army // Dec 31, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Debuchy would be an upgrade on Janmaat, Janmaat makes our CB’s look bad as he bombs up the wing, is always caught out on the counter and is never back, numerous times you will see goals conceded with him just getting back to the 18 yard box. Better right winger than RB.

  • 14 Roosta // Dec 31, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    When Mike says we now make our own luck, how’s he going to do that, no understand.

  • 15 Ravostag // Dec 31, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Ha a joke let him be a bench warmer and miss the Euros

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