Is Debuchy slowly catching on?

Settling in?

Settling in?

Newcastle United was involved in one of the saga’s of last summer’s transfer window, when they attempted to sign the ,then Lille, full-back Mathieu Debuchy. Following his impressive displays for France in the 2012 European Championships, many Newcastle United fans were eagerly awaiting the arrival of a signing that would not materialise until the following January transfer window. It had been a long wait, but Newcastle United had finally got their man, and were looking forward to seeing what he could deliver.

So, needless to say, the utter tripe that Debuchy was passing off as his performances from his arrival in January, until the end of the season, was a massive disappointment – specifically his pathetic and petulant showing in the 6-0 home drubbing to Liverpool. Many Newcastle fans were left wondering why the club had been so desperate to sign him, and what, if anything, Debuchy provided that was better than our previous right full back Danny Simpson, at least from a defensive stand-point.

Away to Manchester City, we were always going to struggle, and Debuchy was no exception. He wasn’t alone with a horrid display in a game where only Tim Krul came out with any sort of credit. At home to West Ham he had struggled to cope with the pace of Matt Jarvis, but he slowly grew into the game, and had him in his back pocket by the end of the game. A solid display against Fulham was followed up by a very assured performance at the weekend in our victory at Villa Park and it seems that Debuchy is slowly coming to terms with what exactly is required of a Premier League full-back.

Debuchy, like Santon, has bags of ability when it comes to going forward, but, like Santon, there have been serious question marks over his defensive ability. In recent games it would appear that Debuchy has sacrificed a little of his offensive game to focus more on defending – something I would like to see Santon do as well, at least for a little while. In due course I would love to see both full-backs freely bombing up and down the wings like Zabaleta, Evra, Cole, Johnson, Baines et al and if they can manage to strike a balance between attacking and defending, they could both well turn out to be very accomplished Premier League full-backs indeed.

With regards to Debuchy, I think he simply needed, and may still need, some time to settle. He was thrown into the deep end playing in an unsettled back four in a team low in confidence. With more Premier League games under his belt, as well as having captain Coloccini marshalling the defence, my hope would be that not only will Debuchy put in more displays like we’ve witnessed on Saturday, but that he proves himself to be a key player in this Newcastle United team this season.

What do you think? Is Debuchy getting to grips with life in the Premier League? Or does he still have a long way to go before we can really give him credit? I’d love to hear your views.

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6 comments

  1. I’m glad you’ve done this article Ruddy as I was just saying last week about his improvements, I mentioned about the West Ham game how I was impressed with how he dealt with Jarvis after an initial struggle, hopefully he has adapted his game to cope with the pace which he clearly couldn’t cope with last season and hopefully other clubs will follow in Villa’s footsteps and continue to try and exploit a weakness which he no longer has by continuing to put a quick man against his as Villa did with Agbonlahor, who until Saturday had been on fire all season, well done Debs, he is getting the praise which his performance deserved, but lets not forget the commanding performance of Mbiwa either he was great as well, as you know I think the sun shines out of Tiote’s backside, but when Anita is as neat and tidy as he has been of late, then not even I would bring Tiote back, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

    What will the Pardew basher’s be saying now, when I saw the team I thought yeah, we have a chance, but I was on edge due to the pre-season where Pardew insisted on having Benny in the middle with Sissoko on the right wing and Cabaye as the holding midfielder when all 3 were in the same team, that really annoyed me, but finally the penny seems to have dropped, a 4-3-3 with Sissoko sitting deep using his pace and power with Cabaye more advanced where he is better and Benny torturing them from the right, great team selection, great tactics and not a hoofball in site, I was so elated that I even managed a smile, only just mind but I did manage one for the first time in a long while, but love him or loath him, Pardew got it spot on, I really do believe that Pardew will continue in this manner all season if he can, however due to a tiny squad all we need is 3/4 injuries and we are back to square one where Jonas, Marveaux and Sammy prove that they are just not cut out to be premier league players and a different approach will have to be made by Pardew which will get the numpties screaming for his head again, signing Douglas, Gomis and Sinclair/Ince with what we currently have would allow Pardew to get us playing as we did against Villa even if we had those 3/4 injuries, but we ain’t got them and we all know who is to blame for that, and no its not JFK, but you never know, this new fitness advisor women, I forget her name may help avoid these injuries from happening, we live in hope.

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    1. Totally agree that both Debuchy and M’biwa are two January signings who seem to be settling in much better this season. I would also say that Sissoko and Gouffran look much more assured and it’s great to see what a full pre-season can do for January signings.

      Pardew did indeed get it spot on, let’s hope that Jonas and Tiote are kept on the bench because we have a settled team that is full of technical ability – Tiote certainly does not have that.

      3/4 signings would indeed have improved Pardew’s chances of playing 4-3-3 consistently, but Ashley robbed him of that opportunity, so if injuries hit, it will be back to 4-2-3-1!

      Faye Downey is the fitness guru by the way! πŸ˜€

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  2. one good thing about our setup is we hardly make any mistakes with first team signings anymore !

    debuchy has imo been the most frustrating of them as he’s obv got the quality and like you say hopefully he’s showing that from now on.

    now if only cabaye and cisse find there feet again what a team we will have πŸ™‚

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