Former Newcastle United proprietor Mike Ashley is a universally unpopular determine at St James’ Park on account of his dismal spell on the helm, though one masterstroke that the businessman was in a position to pull off was the signing – and subsequent sale – of defender, Mathieu Debuchy.
The spectacular right-back arrived amid an inflow of French expertise on Tyneside within the early 2010’s throughout Alan Pardew’s time in cost, with the Magpies lastly getting their man in January 2013 having seen a bid rejected for the participant the earlier summer time.
The 5 foot 9 ace – who had began all 4 of his nation’s video games at Euro 2012 – appeared one thing of a cut price for the northeast aspect, as they managed to safe his providers from Ligue 1 aspect Lille for a reported price of simply £5m.
After racking up 308 appearances in all competitions throughout his time at his former membership, recording 35 objective contributions in that point, the skilled ace went on to rapidly develop into a outstanding determine for the Premier League aspect following his arrival in England.
The Fretin-born star would go on to make 46 appearances for the membership in all competitions over the following 18 months, notably endearing himself to the Newcastle devoted after scoring his one and solely objective within the Tyne-Put on derby conflict with Sunderland in October 2013.
Such spectacular shows didn’t go unnoticed, nevertheless, with fellow top-flight aspect Arsenal swooping in to make a transfer in the summertime of 2014, after the 27-cap ace had once more performed a outstanding position for Les Bleus at that yr’s World Cup – beginning 4 of France’s 5 video games within the competitors.
To Ashley’s credit score, he was reportedly in a position to recoup a price of round £12m on account of the defender’s transfer to the Emirates, with that representing a sizeable revenue on the Magpies’ preliminary funding.
Debuchy would go on to endure an injury-ravaged stint in north London, notably choosing up an ankle harm only a matter of months into his time with the Gunners, earlier than dislocating his shoulder in a conflict with Stoke Metropolis in January 2015, after colliding with the promoting hoardings following a push from Marko Arnautovic.
Regardless of getting back from that subject, the emergence of younger Hector Bellerin noticed him fail to regain his place within the aspect, finally returning to his homeland to hitch Bordeaux on a mortgage deal in January 2016.
After making simply 30 appearances in all competitions throughout his three-and-a-half-year stint beneath Arsene Wenger, the aggressive full-back finally joined Saint-Etienne in January 2018, with Arsenal taking a pricey hit after seeing the participant transfer on a free switch.
The veteran gem went on to get pleasure from one thing of a resurgence on the membership as he scored 12 objectives and registered seven assists in 97 video games over the following few seasons, with the 37-year-old at the moment plying his commerce within the second division of French soccer with Valenciennes.
The ageing asset – who now sometimes strains up at centre-back – was solely lately despatched off in a defeat to Pau FC, with it having been one thing of a fall from grace since his spectacular spell at St James’ Park.