Newcastle full back Mathieu Debuchy has reason to be proud of his recent displays for France during the international break. The defender was part of the France team that hammered Australia 6-0, even getting on the score sheet himself with a stunning volley.
Mathieu has moved a step closer in solidifying himself as the first choice right back for Les Bleus, with Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna also competing for the slot in Didier Deschamps’ team. Debuchy started in both of France’s fixtures against Finland as as already mentioned Australia. The defender was part of a back line that kept two clean sheets too with 3-0 and 6-0 victories this last week.
Debuchy spoke to French radio following on from his impressive contribution to the national side:
“It’s true that I feel good. I had to get settled after my transfer to England. It’s never easy. These two internationals have done me good. Before that, I was on the bench. Now, I feel that I’m at my best.”
Good comments from Mathieu and Newcastle fans will hope the full back will bring that good form back to Tyneside. If in fact the player feels he is hitting his peak so to speak it can only be good news for Newcastle, who will hope to see the player spend his best years at the club.
Newcastle were long term admirers of the Frenchman and chased the player for a number of months before finally securing his services in January. Debuchy followed fellow Countryman and best mate Yohan Cabaye from Lille to Newcastle, after presumably Yohan encouraged the 28 year old to make the move to England. It was certainly a long enough saga and for a long time it looked unlikely the player would arrive in the North East. But after publicly declaring his desire to join the club on several occasions the player finally got his move .
Debuchy has started all seven of Newcastle’s games this season and has been a part of a defense that has looked a little wobbly at times thus far. Like Santon, Mathieu is a very offensive full back and is good going forward but at times his defensive ability has come under a bit of scrutiny. Fixtures such as Manchester City, Everton and Hull has highlighted frailties at the back this season. Not just from Debuchy to be fair!
The two clean sheets should of done the lad the world of good, hopefully he can add a third one in a week on Saturday- I won’t hold me breath though. I like Debuchy, another one that has taken time to settle but I think he will be a good player for us. What are your thoughts?