French Media Reveal What Attracts Their Players To Newcastle
However, they are just as intrigued as to what the attractions are that pull the players towards Tyneside.
France’s beinSport have made gone in search of the reasons and made a great feature, including training and match footage which you can view here.
For those of you (like me) who watched the girls playing netball in the schoolyard through the window instead of learning French, here is the English overview translated by Pierre.
(Newcastle, Nouvel El Dorado des Frenchies)
Newcastle – The New French El Dorado
The reasons put forward for the recent influx of players:
The successful move of the very high profile Hatem Ben Arfa has been the catalyst at the beginning.
The English game in general.
English players are three times more expensive for the same level of ability.
The salaries are higher and less tax (mention of Cabaye having quadrupled his salary!).
With so many of their countrymen already here then they know French will be spoken at times and they feel they will settle more quickly.
Some may see Newcastle as a stepping stone towards higher club
Moving to play in a new country is hard enough, so it is perfect as with Newcastle not as high profile as some clubs there is less pressure.
Life in Newcastle is better/more relaxed than in London.
Whatever the reasons as to why players end up here, whether they are French or whatever…
One intriguing aspect must be the potential of the French players helping to turn Newcastle’s season around and then building from there.
It isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that in Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Yohan Cabaye; Newcastle could sometime soon be fielding half the first choice French national team.
If this group of players can prove a great mix at Newcastle and carry that unity into the French team who knows what the possibilities could be. The failings of the French national team in recent times have been more to do with conflicting personalities within the squad, rather than any lack of ability.
Maybe travel will really broaden the minds of our French contingent and bring lasting success for both Newcastle and France. If so, I don’t think we’ll have seen the last of the French media…
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