There has been news in the local papers over the last couple of days that Newcastle may be interested in bringing Arsenal striker Joel Campbell and 30 year-old former right back Mathieu Debuchy back to Newcastle.
Mathieu is having the same problem his best pal Yohan Cabaye had when he left Newcastle for PSG – he cannot get his game and is on the Arsenal bench these days and gets a substitute appearance now and again.
Mathieu Debuchy – on the bench at Arsenal
Newcastle have been linked with Joel Campbell since the World Cup in Brazil but we cannot see Arsene Wenger letting him go with Arsenal having so many injuries at the moment – and the Costa Rican International is fit.
Joel has scored two goals in 12 appearances this season for the Gunners and will be going nowhere in January.
Mathieu is another story and if either Daryl Janmaat or Mathieu could play at left-back a loan deal for Debuchy in January could have been a good deal for both Newcastle and the French International.
Mathieu is not in the French squad at the moment and he will be keen to get first team football for the rest of the season, but that’s unlikely to happen at Arsenal unless 20 year-old Spanish U21 International Hector Bellerin is injured.
Debuchy has played precious few times for Arsenal – 22 times since he joined eighteen months ago from Newcastle.
Mathieu was out last season for a long periods though injury – two different ones – an ankle injury and then a shoulder injury and both kept him out for three months.
Newcastle are fairly well off at right back with Dutch International Daryl Janmaat and Kevin Mbabu as a back-up, but it’s at left back where we are weak.
In fact we were surprised Kevin wasn’t given a start last Sunday against Liverpool, but after the great win Steve McClaren will in all likelihood start the same team at Tottenham on Sunday and local lad Paul Dummett will keep his place at left back.
We cannot see Joel Campbell or Mathieu Debuchy joining Newcastle in January.
What do you think?