Ligue 1

Djibril Sidibe Out = Mathieu Debuchy In?

Newcastle’s pursuit of Lille full back Mathieu Debuchy could be nearing it’s conclusion as the French club sign his replacement.

19 year old Troyes right back Djibril Sidibe has signed for Lille for an undisclosed fee, prompting heightened speculation of Debuchy’s departure from Ligue 1.

Debuchy impressed at Euro 2012, but we’ve seen many players excel at major tournaments – only to flop on the domestic scene. Just look at Milan Baros, who was top scorer at Euro 2004. So why should Newcastle fork out their cash for this rampaging 26 year old full back?

Need for a right back

With Danny Simpson stalling over a new contract, Alan Pardew has been actively seeking a new right back to add to a defence that conceded the most goals in the top 8 in 2011/12 with 51. If Simpson is sold and Newcastle fail to land his replacement, Newcastle will be forced into using either James Perch or Ryan Taylor – whilst fairly solid players, neither of them will help Newcastle reach the levels they are capable of.

Winning mentality

Debuchy’s spell at Lille hasn’t been a bad one, particularly in recent years – in the 2010/11 season, Debuchy won Ligue 1 as well as the French Cup, completing a superb domestic double. Lille enjoyed another good year last time round as they finished 3rd, just 8 points behind champions Montpellier. Lille lost just 6 games last season, scoring a whopping 72 goals and conceding just 39. This kind of record will stand Debuchy in good stead as a continually growing Newcastle team look to break into the Champions League places.

Chemistry with existing players

Debuchy joined Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa in Laurent Blanc’s France squad for Euro 2012, but he’s very, very good friends with his former Lille teammate Yohan Cabaye. Cabaye was one of the stars of Newcastle’s season and even said that Debuchy wanted to join him at the Sports Direct Arena.

With Debuchy already familiar with a couple of the players, his introduction to the team could be fast-tracked and seamless.

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