Is Janmaat an improvement on Debuchy for Newcastle United?


Newcastle United moved quick to replace Mathieu Debuchy by bringing in Dutch international Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord.

Newcastle United have been very active in this summer's transfer window and one of their latest recruits had a starring role in The Netherlands' World Cup campaign which culminated in a third place finish for them.

Mathieu Debuchy has departed to fill the void at Arsenal left by Bacary Sagna who joined Manchester City before the World Cup. The Magpies have received a decent fee for Debuchy who only spent 18 months on Tyneside. Arsenal spent around £10 million for the right-back with 25 caps for his country, and fits into the French theme at Arsenal.

Newcastle have for once decided not to look to France for his replacement and have managed to find a great deal in The Netherlands. Janmaat has joined Alan Pardew's side from Feyenoord for around half the fee they recouped for Debuchy. At just £5 million they have a leading international on their hands. Although clubs are often encouraged to by English talent in this country, it is clear that the foreign transfers represent incredibly better value for money deals.


  TeamAppsGoal AssistGoals ConcededWon Tackle / appsTotal Cross / appsInterception / appsAccurate Pass / appsMins
Daryl Janmaat Netherlands 5 2 3 2.80 1.40 2.00 21.40 365
Mathieu Debuchy France 4 0 3 3.50 3.25 2.00 27.75 360

If you were to compare their performances at the recent World Cup then their stats show that they are both full-backs who like to get forward. Janmaat managed to get two assists for The Netherlands whilst on average Debuchy was whipping in 3.25 crosses per game.

Debuchy completed more passes on average and they had the same amount of interceptions per game. With both defenders what you will get is solid defensive capabilities but with the potential to break fast and quickly get the ball at the other end.

The mentality and tactics of the game in this day and age focuses a lot on using counter attacks through full-backs who are constantly going up and down the pitch. Debuchy and Janmaat are both great players for that and there isn't much to separate them.

Newcastle are better off after these deals as they have a similar player for half the price. Janmaat is 24-years-old whereas Debuchy is 28-years-old so there is also the potential that Janmaat can continue developing for some time yet.

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