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Losing the French connection

9 years ago

The French connection at Newcastle United is hanging by a thread.

There may still be any number (I counted eight) of French players still at St James Park but the reality is that their dominance/relevance is all but over.

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Even without further (hopefully!) signings, it is more than likely you could see this starting eleven for Newcastle at times this season:

Tim Krul

Daryl Janmaat

Fabricio Coloccini

Chancel Mbemba/Steven Taylor

Paul Dummett

Jack Colback

Georginio Wijnaldum

Siem de Jong

Rolando Aarons/Ayoze Perez

Papiss Cisse

Aleksandar Mitrovic

Yes, for the first time in an awful long time (I’ll let one of you stattos go back through to find out exactly when), Newcastle will shortly line up without a single French player in the team.

With the quality French players (Cabaye, Debuchy, Remy and even Mapou) having flown the nest, only Moussa Sissoko looks a sure starter.

With rumours of his possible departure still rumbling on, even if he stays then if/when suspension or injury strikes then who would there be left?

These are the seven other candidates:

Massadio Haidara

Remy Cabella

Yoan Gouffran

Gabriel Obertan

Emmanuel Riviere

Sylvain Marveaux

Olivier Kemen

Both Kemen and Cabella are linked with moves elsewhere, whilst the latter also had a dire season last time and is now out until at least September.

Marveaux, Gouffran, Riviere and Obertan aren’t up to the standard needed, whilst Massadio Haidara is average at best and Paul Dummett appears to be ahead of him in the pecking order when fit, plus surely this is a position that Newcastle should look to strengthen regardless.

The much heralded French revolution has failed and those that who still remain are condemned men.

It was fun whilst it lasted but now we are going Dutch.

Out with the berets and in with the clogs!


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