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Debuchy Confirms The Form Guide For Newcastle

9 years ago

We recently looked at possible reasons for what was behind the transformation in Mathieu Debuchy’s form and looking into his past brought an obvious answer.

This is what we published before the match against Spurs;

Well, I think you would have to accept that needing time to settle is an important factor but to me there is something much more deserving of close attention.

I think what the French full-back is doing now is playing more like he did for Lille when they won Ligue 1 and what got him established in the French squad.

This season Debuchy has been getting ‘right up them’, if you pardon the expression.

He is at his best when he is pressing up the pitch and instantly denying his opponent space, preferably stopping them being able to turn and face him.

There are statistics to back this up.

The style Debuchy employs means that to be successful and get his foot in quickly he is sure to pick up bookings, in fact the total opposite of Santon who when at his best will always back himself to match the pace of any opponent.

Last season Debuchy picked up four bookings at Lille and then only another three at Newcastle after he arrived in January.

Seven bookings in a season isn’t insignificant but when you consider his previous two seasons when Lille won the French league and competed in the Champions League, you see a ‘bit’ of a difference.

In both 2010/11 and 2011/12, Debuchy picked up 13 (thirteen!) bookings in each of those seasons. He was getting the attention of referees but the overall effect was a massive positive for his club as his all guns blazing style helped nullify the opposition and set up countless breaks and dangerous situations.

This season for Newcastle, Mathieu Debuchy already has four yellow cards and we haven’t even seen fireworks (night).

I predict two things for the Frenchman;

Firstly, he is going to be banned this season, how many times is the only question?

Secondly, if he keeps this form going he is going to be a firm favourite with the fans.

With Mathieu Debuchy it is clearly a case of all or nothing.

So what did we get at White Hart Lane?

That’s right, another wholehearted performance from our right-back which was a major factor in bringing the three points back to Tyneside.

Debuchy pretty much played to our script as well in other ways as he got stuck in throughout the match and got a fifth yellow card of the season when he cleaned out Paulinho on the edge of our box, which incidentally led to that brilliant save by Krul from the deflected free-kick followed by Mapou’s sensational clearance off the line. It would have spoilt our script if that had gone in…

The two predictions/prophecies quickly came true; Debuchy rubber stamping his favourite tag with the fans AND picking up his (first…) suspension of the season only days into November.

With some players you have to accept their whole game and I definitely prefer the Debuchy with warts and all.



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