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How Mathieu Debuchy will improve the Newcastle defence

Five ways new Newcastle United signing Mathieu Debuchy will improve the side’s defence.

Newcastle United have clinched a deal with Lille for French right back Mathieu Debuchy. His arrival is another piece of shrewd business by the club’s manager Alan Pardew.

Depth at Right Back

Debuchy takes care of the right back position for the club, as long as he stays fit they don’t have to worry about the position. They have cover in Danny Simpson and Debuchy will join the club with a lot of experience having played in that slot most of his career with Lille.

International Experience

Debuchy has won 12 international caps for France which shows he is consistent at a high level. He will arrive with the ability to make others raise their performance levels in all games, not just the massive Premier League clashes. He will be used to playing football at an extremely high level and he can demand this from his teammates.

Shape of the Defence

Debuchy is better than many give him credit for in terms of being able to read a game. His position at right back means when Newcastle are under pressure, he can see right across the back four which is significant because he can help keep Newcastle in a straight line. This makes it more difficult for opposition sides to try and play the ball through the middle of the defence.

Shape of the Attack

His presence in the side means Pardew can play a narrower formation if he desires. Debuchy gets forward as much as possible which provides Newcastle with an extra outlet on the right of the team. If they are trying to find a gap in the middle, Debuchy should be available for the ball or he can provide support to the winger by overlapping.


His fitness is superb and adds to both his attacking and defensive play. If he’s forward and Newcastle lose the ball, he is fit and quick enough to get back into position in next to no time and tie together all of the qualities above. This is also significant in terms of his transition from French to English football and means he should adjust well to the pace of the Premier League.

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