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Debuchy and Cabaye World Cup Standard Points Out Newcastle’s Problems

6 years ago

Watching Debuchy and Cabaye for France v Honduras last night, struck home to me the inequalities in the current Newcastle squad.

Honduras might not be the most formidable of opponents, and Palacios’ stupid red card didn’t help their cause, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that France blew their opponents away with a real football lesson that eventually translated into goals.

Stats of 71% possession and twenty shots, illustrate how dominant the French were.

Mathieu Debuchy was excellent as he bombed up and down the right, with seemingly far more freedom to get forward than under Alan Pardew at Newcastle.

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Yohan Cabaye was also very good, pulling the strings in midfield until going off on 65 minutes with a knock.

Moussa Sissoko also made an appearance as a 57th minute substitute for Pogba, while he did well he didn’t look exactly on the same level as former and current Newcastle teammates.

This is the conundrum at St.James’ Park, players such as Cabaye, Ba,Remy and Debuchy are World Cup/Champions League class players yet at Newcastle the squad has suffered from so little investment in recent times, that they are having to carry first team players who maybe aren’t even up to playing in the Premier League.

The last six months has seen Cabaye leave, then Remy departing, while free transfer Jack Colback and a Spanish second division striker have come in, yet again we are looking at a devaluing of the squad.

Debuchy, Remy and Cabaye, along with fellow World Cup player Cheick Tiote, carried Newcastle last season, but at best two will still be here next season and at worst…

Finding top drawer players such as Cabaye and Ba at bargain prices due to contract clauses, has to be seen as a massive bonus, IF it happens again.

The reality for me is that Newcastle need to aim at bringing in half a dozen guaranteed Premier League standard performers, not necessarily superstars but players who can slide straight in and make sure the season doesn’t start in chaos and descend into disaster.

The reality though is that as we’ve seen, even these players are seeing their transfer values going up and up. More money chasing the same number of decent players can only lead to one thing and that is a premium on their price.

The thought of Mike Ashley splashing out on half a dozen £10m players just to guarantee Premier League survival/stability is an unlikely one, but any transfer thinking below that means that United are ever more exposed to relegation as their rivals continue to spend spend spend.


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