On 4 January 2013, Newcastle United completed the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Lille on a five-and-a-half-year contract.
The defender arrived at St. James’ Park with a growing reputation as a quality right-back and had managed to earn himself in the France national side with his performances for the Ligue One outfit.
He had impressed in the 2012 European Championship with his country and put in a solid performance against England in their 1-1 draw in the opening group game of the tournament.
Newcastle fans were delighted to see a player of Debuchy’s quality arrive in the north-east and with a fee believed to be in the region of £5.58million (per Transfermarkt), many were pleased with the Alan Pardew addition.
A number of fans took to Twitter to express their delight about the deal with these fans leaving positive reactions on the social network.
Toon getting Cabaye & Debuchy for £10m is genius #LoveYouPards
— dane (@danedobson_) January 4, 2013
— Claire Laughton (@laugh_100) January 4, 2013
Debuchy & the hopefully imminent signing of Loic Remy has given me my NUFC mojo back – just put £20 on @ 5-1 with VC to finish top 10 #NUFC
— ShaunNUFC (@shaimoss) January 4, 2013
Excited to see debuchy in action. Real bargain deal. Hope we get loic remy from Marseille and the French contingent continues.
— Jack Pattinson (@jakpat6) January 4, 2013
Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Debuchy cost a total of £15 million. Say what you want about Mike Ashley but that's amazing! #nufc
— Marty (@FloppyQuill) January 4, 2013
— Ramos (@RamosCarreira) January 4, 2013
— DJH (@NUFCDJH) January 4, 2013
Debuchy managed to put in a number of appearances for Newcastle during his one-and-a-half year stay at St. James’ Park before sealing a switch to Arsenal in the summer of 2014.
Making his debut against Norwich City on the 12 January, he went on to feature 43 times for the Magpies and scored one goal.
That goal came in one of the club’s biggest games in the fixture list as he scored against fierce rivals Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on 27 October 2013 – however, Newcastle would go on to lose 2-1.
Following a short spell at The Toon Army, he joined Arsenal for a fee thought to be in the region of £13.5m (per Transfermarkt), before falling out of favour and making a return to France.
He initially joined Girondins de Bordeaux on a temporary deal before sealing a switch to AS Saint-Etienne in 2018.
Newcastle fans – thoughts?