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!

  • NIToon

    Dutch or French, it dosen’t mater unless they play as a team and not a bunch of individuals. Time will tell.

  • 1957

    The problem with Sissoko is you never know what you wil get, awesome one game, uninterested the next. If we’re looking for a team with passing ability he won’t be a good fit, his strength really is running through the middle at teams. For me he’s probably competing for a spot with DeJong and Perez.
    We may have moved from the French market to Holand and Belgium but what happens comes down to McClaren getting them to play in a workable system as a team, nothing more nothing less

  • Greekgeordie

    French, Dutch, or whatever is the Club that counts, one more signing at CB and we should look with optimism to the future.

  • NottsToon

    No Sissoko in that starting line up? You sure about that?

  • mentalman

    Hopefully a bit of competition will bring out some consistency in Sissoko, he’s been undroppable in the last couple of seasons, he’s not anymore!