Last week, Lille defender Mathieu Debuchy made headlines when L'Equipe reported that his immediate priority was to join Newcastle United. Thinking about it, bringing him in should be Newcastle's priority, too.
Of all the positions in the Newcastle starting XI, it has to be said that right back is the weakest. It’s not that Danny Simpson is a bad player, he’s just not quite on the level of those around him. As a natural right-back, Debuchy could come in and immediately make Newcastle’s defence one of the Premier League’s best.
As he showed with France in Euro 2012, he’s one of the best young fullbacks in Europe, and adding him could be a real boost for the Magpies.
Debuchy already has a great relationship with Yohan Cabaye – his former Lille teammate – and you’d have to think that that played a huge part in his decision to come to Newcastle.
Fans should be happy to hear that a deal is likely at this point, as after Debuchy’s comments, his club really has no choice but to to sell him now.
Here’s exactly what he had to say to L’Equipe:
“Despite my commitment to Lille – the club is in my heart – I am 100% committed to leaving. I want to leave LOSC. The coach wants to keep me but I will not change my opinion. For now I am stuck in Lille. LOSC want to find my replacement before I am released.”
Debuchy has also said that the transfer fee shouldn’t be a problem due to the fact that he’s defender, meaning that this deal really just hinges on whether or not Lille can find a replacement for him. If they do, he should be a Geordie in no time.