mathieudebuchy3Following yesterday’s reports of Mathieu Debuchy’s agreed deal with Newcastle United and imminent signing, the move will surely have other not so hidden benefits.

Alan Pardew recently announced that Yohan Cabaye is ahead of schedule and could be available in mid-January, or as it is know these days, mid-January transfer window.

With Newcastle’s form & league position and Demba Ba’s imminent departure, the last thing we would need is vultures sniffing around our playmaker, with press claims that amongst others, Arsene Wenger is interested in Cabaye.

As and when Debuchy signs on the dotted line, it can only be massively down to his much talked about friendship with Yohan Cabaye. A current French international choosing to move abroad to a relegation threatened club, he would surely have had numerous other options if he’d chosen to look elsewhere.

Cabaye and Debuchy spent thirteen years together at Lille, as literally men and boys, and are best mates.

This is in contrast to the perceived Ba/Cisse best mates scenario which was assumed because they both played for Senegal.

Reports of friction between the two strikers might have been exaggerated this season but on the other hand they weren’t nailed on to be automatic best mates.

Cisse born and brought up in Senegal, while Ba was born and brought up in France, though he represents Senegal at international level. Apart from sharing their religion and a national team who they have rarely played together for, it would be a similar situation if we signed one of Nigeria’s born and bred players and expected him automatically to be best mates with the mackem slayer.

Not surprisingly Ba is best mates with Ben Arfa and Cabaye who also spent all of their formative years growing up in France.

So Mathieu Debuchy; one thing for sure is that when he pulls on a black & white shirt it will be because he really wants to be here, playing alongside Yohan Cabaye for Newcastle United, and you can’t put a price on that.