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What Arsenal fans need to know about Mathieu Debuchy

Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy celebrates scoring against rivals Sunderland

Debuchy – Medical completed with Arsenal ahead of big career move for Frenchman

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

Newcastle United should be rivalling QPR for Steven Caulker

Steven Caulker in action for Cardiff City in the Premier League

Caulker – Looks set for a move to newly promoted side Queens Park Rangers

There is no doubt that the valuation of young England players with minimal Premier League experience has become somewhat of a joke in recent years. Luke Shaw – a fantastic talent with a huge future ahead of him no doubt – left Southampton for Manchester United in a £34m move, after just one season of proper Premier League football. Adam Lallana’s £25m price-tag which saw him join Liverpool has also been questioned by others, and although another very talented player, their respective costs are at least double their true value in a fair transfer market. However, while the world has gone mad with excessive transfer fee, one Englishman, by the name of Steven Caulker, seems set for a £9m move to newly promoted outfit Queens Park Rangers following Cardiff’s relegation from the Premier League.

This is one deal that I feel represents true value for money. He was one of Cardiff’s shining lights in a woeful season in Wales, and it surprises me, even disappoints me, to see that no other club seems to be challenging Harry Redknapp for the England capped defender.

Before the Premier League campaign ended last season I wrote of how I thought Newcastle should make a move for Caulker. Powerful in the air, dominant at the back and with real influence among a back four – Newcastle [Read more →]

July 7, 2014   5 Comments

France’s World Cup exit will kick-start NUFC transfer activity

Mathieu Debuchy battles for possession with Germany's Mario Gotze

Debuchy – Likely to secure move away from Newcastle with Arsenal preparing offer

In a rather turgid affair, Germany secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over France to progress to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup courtesy of a first half header from Mats Hummels. The Borussia Dortmund defender rose above Rafael Varane to brilliantly nod home the opening goal of the game, as France showed little fighting spirit to force their way back into the game. In turn, France’s exit sees Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko return home to Newcastle, but for how long is the real question. Debuchy has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal, and it seems as if he will make a decisive choice on his club for next season when he touches back down on Tyneside. Sissoko has also been linked with a move away, and will surely have impressed many with a solid performance at the competition which saw him net against the Swiss. While much of the talk has been dominated by Arsenal’s interest in Debuchy, the return home of Les Bleus will also, fingers crossed, well and truly kick-start Newcastle’s recruitment drive.

Rémy Cabella, a latecomer to the France setup, did not play one minute in Brazil, much to the disappointment of Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin who was hoping that any performances at the World Cup would boost his price tag by at least €5-10m. Thankfully, Cabella’s place on the bench throughout the tournament should mean Newcastle will be relatively unrivalled in their pursuit of the 23 year-old.

Newcastle’s next signing will likely come after Debuchy departs. While there hasn’t been anything concrete regards Mathieu’s move away, I [Read more →]

July 4, 2014   No Comments

Is this the ‘Spanish based’ goal-scorer Newcastle United are chasing?

Carlos Bacca celebrates after scoring for Sevilla

Bacca – Linked with move to Premier League with NUFC and Everton interested

Ever since Newcastle United completed the ‘coup’ of Siem de Jong from Ajax, supporters are slowly but surely getting their hopes up for more signings in the very near future. Although the signing of de Jong cannot come as a major shock, the fashion in which the club sealed a 6 year-deal for the Dutch international did catch a lot of us by surprise as we did not assume that NUFC were in heavy discussions with that particular playmaker. With Siem in the door, all of us are hoping that at least four more first team players will sign the dotted line at St. James’ Park, and the latest name to be linked with a move is Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca. The local media up North have run a story for the past couple of weeks suggesting that the Magpies’ had a forward on their shopping list who is currently plying his trade in the Spanish leagues.

Having signed Ayoze Perez from Tenerife a month previous, such intent to lure talent from the La Liga/Segunda División is clear, and although the majority of our targets are of course French-based, it seems that our focus is slowly but surely shifting to different leagues across Europe.

For many of you who may not know Carlos Bacca by name – he is a 27 year-old Colombian striker who joined Sevilla just a year ago from [Read more →]

July 4, 2014   No Comments