Back in January 2013 when Newcastle United completed the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Lille in a £5m deal – I wondered how the club had pulled it off. It wasn’t the fact that he had been linked with a switch to Newcastle for months previous but such a deal never materialised, nor was it the fact that player was eager to join. Even with all that going in the favour of NUFC, it still surprised me when he signed the dotted line at St. James’ Park. Why? Debuchy was a consistent starter for France at the European Championships in Poland Ukraine in 2012 and was one of their stand-out performers, just behind Yohan Cabaye. The French were finally eliminated at the hands of eventual competition winners Spain in a narrow 0-1 loss, but they went home with a sense of pride having put a strong tournament performance in comparison to the embarrassment of 2010.
Weeks after the tournament I was sure that a really top club would make a move for Debuchy. He had all the attributes of a world-class full-back. Surging runs, aerial dominance, a credible delivery, and an engine that saw him motor up and down the wings for an entire 90 minutes.
It took a few months before Newcastle fans got to see the real Debuchy, naturally enough. He needed time to adjust to the Premier League like many have in the past, and to be fair, he was thrown in at the deep-end with [Read more →]
July 8, 2014 7 Comments
It’s being reported across a few media outlets that Newcastle United have reached an agreement with Erik Pieters of PSV and the Dutchman is set to arrive on Tyneside on a four year deal. Pieters, who is being sought after by Alan Pardew to replace the departed Jose Enrique is believed to have met the release clause in Pieters contract which is rumoured to have been about £6m. We are in desperate [Read more →]
August 13, 2011 3 Comments
He has a lot to learn the young man; how to conduct himself and eventually realise he is living the dream of many young boys. Playing for Newcastle United is an honour for any player. Nile Ranger is a 20 year old forward who has bags of potential; indeed potential to be as good as anything we’ve produced in quite a while - including Andy Carroll. A lot of people seems to think he would be better off far [Read more →]
July 12, 2011 9 Comments
I must admit; I wasn’t really that disappointed to see Charles N’Zogbia depart Newcastle United on January 3 years ago and in fact, was excited at the prospect of capturing Ryan Taylor. Taylor, who just couldn’t stop scoring against Newcastle each season had indeed nabbed a very important goal in that very season, a spectacular free-kick if I remember correctly. Anyway, things changed massively [Read more →]
June 10, 2011 6 Comments