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Pardew Admits Debuchy Affected By Cabaye Situation

10 years ago

Last Saturday we were treated to another sublime performance from Hatem Ben Arfa at Aston Villa.

However, full-back Mathieu Debuchy also appeared to be developing a rapport with the travelling support and this was backed up by second place, even though remote, in our man of the match poll after the final whistle.

Now the manager has backed that groundswell of support after it looking for a long time that Debuchy could end up a scapegoat for everything that would go wrong this season.

Speaking to NUFC TV, the manager had this to say;

“He (Debuchy) has had a number of games now. I think he’s had a couple of games that have tested him in the Premier League which you don’t get every week in France but he has adjusted well and he’s a tremendous character. A real good personality and that bodes well for the campaign. He is the sort of player who you just put in the team and long may that continue.

I thought the Manchester City game wasn’t a real reflection of Mathieu, I thought he was very affected (by Cabaye fiasco) that day and you can understand as they are very close friends. Since then though he has been terrific for us.”

Alan Pardew’s words back up what fans assumed anyway, if Cabaye was a major draw in Debuchy decamping to Tyneside then discovering only months later that your best mate wanted to jump ship wouldn’t have exactly improved your own game.

Maybe in some ways it was a blessing the whole Cabaye fiasco affected a match that Newcastle were never going to win anyway (Manchester City), thouh arguably you could say it maybe costed Newcastle two points against West Ham.

The main thing though has to be looking forward now and adding a third win in a row against Hull on Saturday WITH best mates Cabaye and Debuchy.


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