This summer has been a fruitful one for Newcastle United, who have already signed six players and plan to sign at least one more striker. Thursday saw the club both signing and selling a right back, showing that they have learned from their mistakes as they are now sourcing and buying replacements before letting key players leave. Both Andy Carroll and Yohan Cabaye left abruptly with no replacements being signed, which led to a downturn in the side’s form. This time they were not prepared to make the same mistake as Daryl Janmaat was signed before the club authorised the sale of Mathieu Debuchy to Arsenal.
The Dutch international is a full back who enjoys to attack, as showed by his two goals and five assists last season for Feyenoord. This will have been important for the Newcastle scouts as they will have known how important Debuchy was last season for United in the final third. In the World Cup, the full back was equally impressive getting a further two assists and attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Napoli, which is why some consider this a coup for the North East side. Coming from a Dutch background, it’s not a surprise that he has an impressive pass completion rate of 82%. He is also an accomplished defender, winning 56% of the duels he competed in.
Meanwhile Debuchy scored only one goal and managed only four assists for Newcastle, therefore his attacking output was less than his replacement, although he was playing in a harder league. His pass completion rate is also inferior as it stands at only 73%. He won 57% of the duels he competed in though, which is fractionally higher than Janmaat. Last season, Debuchy was a huge part of the Newcastle side, which was evident in his absence as the side normally performed worse without the French full back. His performances began to get worse in the second half of the season as he grew frustrated at the club’s ambition after the sale of his friend Yohan Cabaye. The main problem with Debuchy was his discipline as he often picked up avoidable yellow cards. While his red card against West Brom was ludicrous and could be considered as the event which lost Newcastle the match as the score was 0-0 at the time.
Also the deal is financially a good one for Newcastle as they sold Debuchy for a fee around £12m, while Janmaat cost only £5m, which means Mike Ashley is £7m in the black. This highlights Newcastle’s transfer policy as they doubled their money on Debuchy inside 18 months. They will be hoping to have similar success with Janmaat, who certainly has sell on value. Sadly that’s the new reality for Newcastle fans, but if they continue to reinvest wisely like they have done with the Carroll and Cabaye money, then they should slowly move up the table.
The deal is a good one for Newcastle as they have doubled their money on a 29 year old full back, who will start to regress in the next few years and replaced him with a 24 year old full back who has just impressed in a World Cup for less than half the price. It will likely take Janmaat a bit of time to adapt to the physicality of the Premier League, but his attacking tendencies should see him as a seamless replacement for Debuchy. Meanwhile, he is considered by many as being a superior defender than the Frenchman as he is more disciplined and cleaner in the tackle.