Danny Simpson Vs Mathieu Debuchy – Who’s better?

Mathieu Debuchy and Danny Simpson.

Debuchy and Simpson: Horses for courses.

With Newcastle United being strongly linked with Lille’s and France’s right back, Mathieu Debuchy, I thought it might be a good idea to make a comparison between the player and our existing first choice right back, Danny Simpson, who had a very good season overall with the Magpies, indeed, he was statistically the best right back in the Premiership of 2011-12 according to the “Premiership Index”.

I will be drawing on their relative statistics from last year, as well as my own experiences from what I have seen of Debuchy. Though it may seem somewhat unfair to compare the statistics of a player who played in France’s Ligue 1 to someone who played in the Premiership, nonetheless, on inspection it gives us a fair indication of the different discernable characteristics the two players, and what Debuchy might bring to the club on the right hand side of defence.

Looking at both the player himself, and the stats, one thing that becomes apparent is that like Newcastle United’s last big aquisition in the full back department, Davide Santon, Debuchy tends more of an offensive player than Simpson. In other words, like Santon, he can be more of a “wing back” style player who can, and has, also played as a full winger in the past, and who can overlap more with the full wingers in attack, create chances, and score a few goals too.

But firstly, let’s take a look at the defensive statistics for the two players.

Simpson v Debuchy defensive stats (2011/12)
Danny Simpson (2011/12)
Competition Apps TPG FPG CPG IPG BSPG DPG OWPG OGs
Premiership 35 1.9 0.7 3.6 1.7 0.5 0.5 0.2 0
FA Cup 2 N/A 1.5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
League Cup 3 N/A 1.7 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0
Total 40 1.9 0.8 3.6 1.7 0.5 0.5 0.2 0
Mathieu Debuchy (2011/12)
Competition Apps TPG FPG CPG IPG BSPG DPG OWPG OGs
Ligue 1 32 2.8 2.3 4.3 2.1 0.3 0.7 0.4 0
Champions League 6 2.2 2.5 2.2 1.2 0.2 0.5 0.2 0
Euro Championships 4 2 2.3 1.3 0.8 0 0.5 0 0
Total 42 2.6 2.3 3.7 1.8 0.2 0.6 0.3 0

Appearences (Apps), Tackles per game (TPG), Fouls per game (FPG), Clearences per game (CPG), Interceptions per game (IPG), Blocked shots per game (BSPG), Dribbled per game (DPG), Offsides won per game (OWPG), Own goals (OGs).

Perhaps the first thing we can notice here is that Debuchy, even though he has sometimes been used in midfield as a something of a playmaker and also plays in the somewhat less “physical” French league, is still more of a tackler than Simpson, who tends to prefer shepherding players out of harms way and blocking before jumping in with his feet. As you can also see, the downside of this is that Debuchy also picks up more fouls per game than Simpson, and also had a worse disciplinary record than Simpson last season, as well as throughout his career. Though he is not above committing himself and has picked up yellow cards occaisionally, Simpson has never been sent off throughout his career despite playing in a more physical league than Debuchy. The Frenchman on the other hand is no stranger to the ref. He has been sent off four times, and has picked up no fewer than 56 yellow cards in a 278 game career so far (one for every five games very roughly). For Simpson it is 28 in 191 (one for every seven).

In most other respects, their defensive statistics are very similar, though once again, it should be borne in mind that although Lille are a very good team, Simpson was playing in what is arguably a far more far more physical and competitive league and has more than kept his end up nonetheless.

But now lets take a look at the more offensive stats.

Simpson v Debuchy offensive stats (2011/12)
Danny Simpson (2011/12)
Competition Apps Gls Ass SPG PPG KPPG PS CPG LBPG DPG CO
Premiership 35 0 0 0.1 30.4 0.4 76.3% 0.7 1.8 0.2 0.1
FA Cup 2 0 0 0.5 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
League Cup 3 1 0 0 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 40 1 0 0.1 30.4 0.4 76.3% 0.7 1.8 0.2 0.1
Matieu Debuchy (2011/12)
Competition Apps Gls Ass SPG PPG KPPG PS CPG LBPG DPG CO
Ligue 1 32 5 1 1.2 38.1 0.8 77.4% 0.8 0.8 0.7 0.3
Champions League 6 0 0 1.8 50.7 0.3 77.6% 1.0 1.2 0.8 0.5
Euro Championships 4 0 0 0.7 32 1 85.9% 0.2 0.5 1.0 0
Total 42 5 1 1.3 38.9 0.8 78.1% 0.8 0.9 0.7 0.3

Appearences (Apps), Goals (Gls), Assists (Ass) Shots per game (SPG), Passes per game (PPG), Key passes per game (KPPG), Pass success (PS), Crosses per game (CPG), Long balls per game (LBPG), Dribbles per game (DPG), Caught offside (CO).

Although Simpson may well win out purely on defence with his smoother style in a generally more physical and competitive league, as I have suggested already, it should be in more offensive play where Dubuchy should really come into his own; and so it has proved here. Debuchy scored five goals with one assist last season (in 42 game in all competitions) to Simpson’s one goal with no assists (in 40 overall). Debuchy also made more significantly more shots on goal per game than Simpson and a few more passes too. In terms of their respective passing success, they are broadly similar, with Debuchy just having a very slight advantage last season. They are also very similar on crosses per game, with Simpson tending to play more long balls, though this may be accounted for by the differences in team tactics, with Lille playing playing more of a short passing game. As well as this, due to Debuchy’s more offensive nature, he will run upfield with ball more, overlap and launch attacks more than Simpson rather than staying at his post. Debuchy is also more of a dribbler who gets caught offside slightly more often, once a reflection of the more attacking side to his game.

Simpson v Debuchy general and disciplinary stats (2011/12)
Danny Simpson (2011/12)
Competition Apps ADWPG YCs RCs MotMA
Premiership 35 0.7 (45.1%) 7 0 1
FA Cup 2 N/A 1 0 0
League Cup 3 N/A 0 0 0
Total 40 0.7 (45.1%) 8 0 1
Matieu Debuchy (2011/12)
Competition Apps ADWPG YCs RCs MotMA
Ligue 1 32 2.1 (78.6%) 9 1 1
Champions League 6 3.0 (81.8%) 1 0 0
Euro Championships 4 1 (57.1%) 1 0 0
Total 42 2.1 (77.9%) 11 1 1

Appearences (Apps), Aerial duels won per game (ADWPG), Yellow cards (YCs), Red cards (RCs), Man of the Match awards (MotMA).

There may not be too much here which I haven’t covered already in terms of Simpson’s and Debuchy’s relative disciplinary records. However, one thing which hasn’t been covered so far is the respective aerial abilities of the players. As with most things covered here, both watching the players in action and looking at the figures here, Debuchy certainly seems to come out on top (literally), though this is nothing to do with height. Like Simpson, Debuchy is no giant and they are more or less the same height (around 5’9″). As both are primarily left backs rather than centre backs, this isn’t the most important thing by any means, though Simpson has found himself somewhat exposed in this area on the very rare occaisions when he had to fill in as a centre back.

So there you have it. There seems to be advantages and disadvantages, or at least contrasts between both players. Simpson is generally elegant in his style and very dependable in his position with a good disciplinary record. On the other hand, Debuchy can be more versatile when the team is in attack and is better aerially. However the downside is that he is considerably more “clumsy” in defence, most specifically in the tackle and has a worse disciplinary record. So, the team would face a (very) slightly greater chance of finishing with ten men if Debuchy is on the pitch rather than Simpson. To sum up though, they could make a great duo to cover the right back position in a top team which has two excellent if slightly contrasting players to cover each position in a “horses for courses” way. I certainly wouldn’t say that that Debuchy is a far superior replacement for Simpson, both are excellent players in their own way, depending on which qualities are preferable in a given situation.

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55 Responses to “Danny Simpson Vs Mathieu Debuchy – Who’s better?”

  1. 1
    avatar ToonJames says:

    ‘Simpson’ and ‘elegant’ – Now there’s two words I never thought I’d see in the same sentence.

  2. 2
    avatar Stephen C says:

    So in all fairness we should just give Simpson £5million and teach him to speak French?

  3. 3
    avatar Paul in Hollywood says:

    Good and interesting analysis Worky. However, there was one statistic that stood out for Simpson last season and that was his number of goal line clearances that surely won us (saved us) a few points.

  4. 4
    avatar S Reb says:

    Can anyone tell me how much Simpson is demanding and what is this like compared to players like the Taylors, Williamson, Santon, and maybe even Obertan? Simpson had a great season and I think that his wage should be on par with these players’ wages. Simpson must be requesting a crazy amount cuz i am sure the business boys will know that buying a French international is not going to be cheap.

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    avatar workyticket says:

    S Reb says:
    July 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    “Can anyone tell me how much Simpson is demanding”

    He isn’t demanding a “crazy” amount at all in comparison with footballers of the same abiity, S Reb, especially so bearing in mind that there would be no multi million pound fee, and he only cost £500,000 in the first place. He is now worth up to about £5 million and Ashley would make a huge profit on him if he sold him, but would have to pay a bit more for Debuchy.

    The amount IS supposedly agreed anyway. They’re saying it’s £25,000 per week in most of the media, but I’ve heard that it’s actually only £20,000 and the dispute is over the how it is paid, not the amount itself. It’s actually ridiculous and he could get more elsewhere, but it’s as if Ashley is trying to make some kind of point.

  7. 7
    avatar Stephen C says:

    worky

    im not sure what point they are trying to make with simpson but it isnt making sense.

    as far as im aware he was on £5-£10k per week when he first came.

    he has done well(understatement) and they are offering him £15k which he turned down.

    now he has managed to get the price up to £20-£25 but there seems to be some complications on how it is paid.

    how else can you pay a player?

    direct debit? via tax avoidance scheme?
    what on earth is the issue?

    im sure the only way we will find out is when he leaves for reading to join Guthry.

    on and erm worky!!!! i told you so ;-)

  8. 8
    avatar Sammy J says:

    Really hope we sign Debuchy but Simpson will be a real loss. There cannot he many players that have such a good season & be turn treated with such contempt by fans & management. Even if we get the frenchman its not like we have proper cover. Really hope the De Jong deal is still alive. Have we been successful blocking Cisse from the Olympics?

  9. 9
    avatar workyticket says:

    Stephen C says:
    July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    “on and erm worky!!!! i told you so”

    Aye, absolutely spot on, Stephen! ;-)

    I also made a ‘phone call to someone up there once you’d tipped me off and they confirmed that something was definitely happening too.

    I haven’t forgotten about your e.mail either. It’s just that I was up doing this story until the early hours and I’ve been working today. The tables with all the stats above took ages to check.

  10. 10
    avatar workyticket says:

    Stephen C says:
    July 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    “as far as im aware he was on £5-£10k per week when he first came.”

    £10,000 per week, Stephen.

    The problem may well be over bonuses, performance related pay or something like that.

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    avatar Stephen C says:

    workyticket says:
    July 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    £10,000 per week, Stephen.

    The problem may well be over bonuses, performance related pay or something like that.

    worky as far as im aware they signed off the Bonus sheet when Carroll, Nolan and Barton were around so bonuses dont exist at NUFC only a flat wage.

  12. 12
    avatar workyticket says:

    Sammy J says:
    July 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    “Have we been successful blocking Cisse from the Olympics?”

    There’s still some way to go on that one Sammy, as Senegal could still appeal to FIFA to force his release.

  13. 13
    avatar ChasNUFC says:

    Theres no comparison for fcks sake so you obviousley know nothing about football! Debuchey is a top french international and simpson is shit! a championship player at best!!! no contest get rid of Simpson and get Debuchey in!

  14. 14
    avatar ChasNUFC says:

    Simpson is also a greedy bastard who thinks he’s better than he is. He’ll soon find that nobidy else wants him apart from some shitty championship club. Wise move by Ashley again.

  15. 15
    avatar Stephen C says:

    Chas

    Do you actually go to games?

    I’ve watched Simpson for the last 4 season and he is by far one of our most consistent defenders.

    Statistacaly better than colocini.

    How and earth you can sit there and say he is shit is unbelievable.

    But no doubt your will be one of the children giving him abuse on his twitter account.

    Simpson has done more than you will ever achieve so bugger off and go do you’re home work.

    Where is jak72 when you need him?

  16. 16
    avatar Stephen C says:

    Gready wanting 25k per week? Less than most of the team

    Obertan, santon and even ranger earn more than Simpson.

    So justify that you fkn arsehole.

  17. 17
    avatar Stephen C says:

    And chas.

    I thought you were a west ham fan?

    Where has you mate Dave gone?

    Did you ever catch that rabbit?

  18. 18
    avatar jack72 says:

    I cant understand all the abuse & hate for Simo.i personaly thought he had a decent season.i’ve watched abit ov Debuchy and think he’s a really good player.we should give Simo a new contract coz as we all know n witnessed first hand that sometimes it takes foreigners time to settle n adapt to life in the prem,more so wiv defenders i think,take Colo for example.he had a very poor first season trying to adapt to the pace n physical side ov the english game.
    You were on about the difference in leagues Worky but failed to mention that Debuchy played in europe last season mate.by all accounts the kid held his own n i dont think he was out classed by anyone.that experiance will b vital for us this season.we need players wiv that experiance.
    Sky sports are saying that Bigirimana has signed for NUFC.from what av read on the young’in he seems to be in the Tiote mould.he started as a centre half n moved to midfield.its good to see were investing in the future.
    Once again Worky,you have wrote another good article.keep up the good work pal.

  19. 19
    avatar jack72 says:

    I have never seen anyone wiv a sports direct tattoo on there foreheed.but if i ever do happen to see a loser looking like that,i know for a fact his name will be chas

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    avatar Stephen C says:

    Speak of the devil jak72.

    I totally agree with you jak. On all counts.

    I do think debuchy will be a good addition I don’t necessarily think we should get shot of Simpson.

    You have to remember Simpson has one year left on his contract and get debuchy in and throwing him into the deep end might be costly.

    Give Simpson his last season, if he doesn’t want to sign. A new contract then so be it.

    You can’t say the guy didn’t. Give 110% because he blatantly did. But feed debuchy into the team like we did with santon. And give him a year to adapt. That way we won’t be caught short. Like we have been in the past.

    Personally I would love to see him stay, give him the cup games and we might be onto a winner, or at least a final.

  21. 21
    avatar Stephen C says:

    Jak mate.

    Some men follow in the footsteps of their parents, and there are some bad parents.

    If you see a guy with Cnut on his for head you can guarantee the guy with sports direct won’t be far behind.

  22. 22
    avatar workyticket says:

    ChasNUFC says:
    July 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    “Theres no comparison for fcks sake so you obviousley know nothing about football! Debuchey is a top french international and simpson is shit! a championship player at best!!! no contest get rid of Simpson and get Debuchey in!”

    ChasNUFC says:
    July 6, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    “Simpson is also a greedy bastard who thinks he’s better than he is. He’ll soon find that nobidy else wants him apart from some shitty championship club. Wise move by Ashley again.”

    Chas, are you the same Chas who told me to “just SHUT UP AND SUPPORT THE TEAM OR FCK OFF!” yesterday? :lol:

    Well in case you’ve noticed, Simpson IS a part of the team, unlike your beloved Ashley. Does Pardew “obviousley know nothing about football” too? As he picked him week in week out last season.

    To use your own words once again, just SHUT UP AND SUPPORT THE TEAM OR FCK OFF! ;-)

  23. 23
    avatar Stephen C says:

    He’s gone quiet.

    He must feel loyal to mike as he has helped clothed his 7 sisters/daughters and 8 brothers/sons over at pennywell.

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    avatar workyticket says:

    Paul in Hollywood says:
    July 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    “Good and interesting analysis Worky. However, there was one statistic that stood out for Simpson last season and that was his number of goal line clearances that surely won us (saved us) a few points.”

    That’s true, Paul. However, I even read one of Simpson’s expert critics even trying to turn that against him, saying that he shouldn’t have been there, that he kept getting in Krul’s way and that Krul would have saved them anyway if Simpson hadn’t been there. It’s laughable and some fans make me ashamed to be a Geordie sometimes.

  26. 26
    avatar Stephen C says:

    Worky I live here and unfortunately I experience that every day.

  27. 27
    avatar Stephen C says:

    And if you have never seen the dirty monkey makem song I’ve posted it above. Very funny tune.

    I’ve heard chas doesn’t like it much thoug.

  28. 28
    avatar workyticket says:

    Stephen C says:
    July 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    “And chas.

    I thought you were a west ham fan?

    Where has you mate Dave gone?”

    Stephen, they’re Tottenham fans, don’t you remember “Ossie’s Dream?” and “Hot shot Tottenham”?

    “In de Cup forrrr Tottingham, Cahmon you Spurs are on their to Wembley, Tottenham’s gahna do it again!”

    His mate Dave retired after his missus died but Chas without Dave was on in one of my local North London boozers some time ago and I almost went to see him.

    Do you remeber Ossie’s Toon as well? They weren’t on their way to Wembley! :lol:

  29. 29
    avatar workyticket says:

    Stephen C says:
    July 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    “And if you have never seen the dirty monkey makem song I’ve posted it above. Very funny tune.”

    Not as dirty as one of my own personal favourites, “Keano, Keano w@nks his dog, doo dah, doo dah!”

  30. 30
    avatar Stephen C says:

    I was trying to evoke a reaction. Works I knew they were spurs fans.

    The run rabbit song was my favourite when I was a kid.

  31. 31
    avatar chuck says:

    Having watched both players, IMO Debuchy sighly edges the contest.
    Another point is, it would be an entire French right field from RB to RW.
    However thats not to denegrate Simpson, who i know had a good season and whom i hope decides to stay, possibly one of the best ( and cheapest) deals we made over the years.
    It’s unfortunate he is being lowballed by the club, obviously think they can get him for nowt and dont blame the guy for asking for what he’s worth.
    It appears Ashley and his cohort believe because they have picked up a few good deals from the French league, they can name their price and players will jump at the opportunity to join the club.
    Certainly aint working with the Dutch, is it ?
    C’mon give the guy(Simpson) a decent contract and bring in some replacements, cause we are gonna need them this coming season.

  32. 32
    avatar AndyMac says:

    Stephen C says:

    “im not sure what point they are trying to make with simpson but it isnt making sense”

    Barton on Twitter ? Simmo’s support for him ! Nose pushed out of joint ? Level 7 disappears ! FatMan has a long memory and bears a grudge !!!

    Back to my sun bed :)

  33. 33
    avatar GS says:

    There’s speculation that we could get as much as 5 million for Simpson. That doesn’t sound right for someone with only a year left on their contract.

    Also, didn’t Stephen Taylor go through similar contract negotiations? Does anybody know who caved, him or Ashley, when he eventually signed?

  34. 34
    avatar GS says:

    There was a link on newsnow-newcastle today to a Mackem site that was discussing the pros and cons of doing a sponsorship deal for the Stadium of Shite. I couldn’t be bothered to read it all but it struck me as the most useless question ever. It is a nonsense name so who cares if they change it.

    The bit I did read was that it was hard to attract players to the Mackem hole because they are attracted to the “bright lights of London or Manchester”. Has the writer been to Manchester!? When I was last there it was a bit dodgy, although I did get a good curry.

  35. 35
    avatar CLiNT FLiCK says:

    Generally i agree with chuck on this one.

    GS,
    tbf, manc is a lot better city these days mate.
    ;)

  36. 36
    avatar Stephen C says:

    GS

    i read that article. apparently they were thinking about re-naming the ground Red Cross to attract even more Africans.

  37. 37
    avatar workyticket says:

    GS says:
    July 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    “Also, didn’t Stephen Taylor go through similar contract negotiations? Does anybody know who caved, him or Ashley, when he eventually signed?”

    It has been alleged in certain quarters that Steven Taylor is Ashley’s and Llambias’ “teacher’s pet,” GS, and their ears in the dressing room, possibly as some kind of “Faustian pact” with the Devils incarnate. Of course though, I would never stoop to gossip! ;-)

  38. 38
    avatar workyticket says:

    GS says:
    July 6, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    “There was a link on newsnow-newcastle today to a Mackem site that was discussing the pros and cons of doing a sponsorship deal for the Stadium of Shite.”

    “The Pampers Stadium of Shite” has a good ring to it, don’t you think, GS? It still wouldn’t be as bad as “S_____ D_____ A____” though. :-x

  39. 39
    avatar GS says:

    Clint: I was in Manchester during an Oasis concert so that might have something to do with it.

    The funny thing is that the Mackem was trying to say that other places were MORE attractive, completely avoiding the issue that it might be because Sunderland is a shit hole.

    And Worky, that is quite a good name. Whenever I hear “stadium of light” or “black cats” I always have this inner voice that says “how lame is that”.

  40. 40
    avatar workyticket says:

    GS says:
    July 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    “Whenever I hear “stadium of light” or “black cats” I always have this inner voice that says “how lame is that”.”

    “Stadium of Light” isn’t lame at all when it’s the proper one in Lisbon, GS. Here’s the old original one, an absolute monster of a stadium complete with over 130,000 fans in it.

    http://estadio.no.sapo.pt/luz_13341.jpg

  41. 41
    avatar Stephen C says:

    Worky

    i think when you look at Saylor you have to take into consideration everything that happened with him.

    from the Andy Carroll Assault to him keeping quiet about it.

    not to mention his father being a high ranking copper. or at least he used to be.

    so Mr. Taylor is a very connected man.

    wouldnt you kiss Saylors Arse if you had C.I.D. on speed dial?

  42. 42
    avatar GS says:

    Worky, I knew that. Which is why it is so lame. They could have named it Bernabeu or Yankee Stadium :)

  43. 43
    avatar Stephen C says:

    ive thought of my latest conspiracy theory of the week.

    its more of an extortion plan by a disgruntled club to obtain cash for a player they let go for next to nowt and now regret it.

  44. 44
    avatar GS says:

    Stephen C. @43: you got me totally lost on your last conspiracy theory so I might have to skip this new one :)

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    avatar Stephen C says:

    we bought Tiote from FC twente for a rumored £3m

    a snip (hahahahahahahaha) at the price.

    now we maybe regretting tiotes success and the price tag he now has.

    it is rumored that Barusia Munchangreenback have put a bid in for De jong to the value of £9m

    but we have had a offer of £10m turned down.

    that gets me thinking(can you hear the cogs turning?)

    are we being priced out of the purchase of Luuk De Jong becasue we have done so well in the deal with Tiote and FC twente are trying to gain a little bit more cash for a player they wish they hadnt sold for the price they did.

    i think if we had not have bought Tiote, Twente maybe have accepted the £9m we offered, but since Tiote is now valued at around £20m mark they want a piece of the action so add a little onto the price tag of De Jong?

    what do you think?

    IMO anything over £9m is a little too high we could have had a recognized striker for £12m if we really wanted to (geroude who signed for Arsenal)

    so judging at the players who are around the £10-£15m mark it seems to me that Twente have one price for us and another for anyone else.

  46. 46
    avatar workyticket says:

    Stephen C says:
    July 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    “its more of an extortion plan by a disgruntled club to obtain cash for a player they let go for next to nowt and now regret it.”

    Andy Carroll?

  47. 47
    avatar Stephen C says:

    no but my answer to that is

    WWHWOOOOOHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHA

    30 what?

    what you mean 35?

    does it come with mushy peas?

  48. 48
    avatar Stephen C says:

    sodo you think my theory of the week has any credence?

  49. 49
    avatar workyticket says:

    Stephen C says:
    July 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Stephen, I divven’t knaa about the conspiracy theory, but I do know that this idea that Newcastle United can go around plucking top players from foreign teams for next to nothing forever was somewhat naive.

    “but since Tiote is now valued at around £20m mark”

    But he isn’t though, not yet anyway. Haven’t you ever wondered why none of these Tiote for £20/25 million to Chelsea / Man United and so on have never actually come to anything?

    The ridiculous situation at Liverpool with Comolli the clown and that absurd fee for Andy Carroll was a very rare situation, but it has provided the fuel for other sensational Newcastle stories to wind up fans.

  50. 50
    avatar Stephen C says:

    Yeah I can understand your point, but in a country where the press behave themselves unlike here, you can see people falling for stories like this.

    Me personally would stick £15m on him any day.

    And that is still £12m more than we paid for him.

    I still think twente are bulking the price up simply because tiote is now worth a few quid.

    You won’t see many clubs over inflating their players who didn’t make the pitch during the euros or didn’t even make the squad.

    To be honest I think now isn’t the time to get value for money, but Christmas and beyond will be. To close to a tournament to get value.

    Bust what do we do? Wait and take a risk and go with what we have or splash the cash?

    And mike won’t splash the cash.

    I don’t think we will get de Jong or debuchy but I think Douglas is a matter of time.

    I think two or three younguns and it will be a scrap at the last week for who ever is available.

    But who knows. Let’s hope we have cabaye, tiote cisse and Ben Arfa at the end of the window.

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    avatar ian says:

    Debuchy is a better rb nine out out of ten managers would pick him over simpson any daym the role of the modern full back is to be good in the ball in possesion and good at attckling to create space for others when attacking. Spain the best team in the world have a converted winger at left back! How many of the full backs at the top four clubs would you defending was there best attribute ??? Not many i reckon. For all the stats simpson has a major weakness in his game in that he backs off which apart from giving away territory on the pitch consistently plays forwards onside allowing the winger thats got too much time from his backing off to pick a pass. I would rather my fb was getting stuck in and getting booked breaking up play than allowing chance after chance from backing off.

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    avatar Stephen C says:

    I can understand where you are coming from Ian.

    But.

    Simpson backing off is doing what he is told to do.

    You will notice when Simpson backs off he is actually making the player run into the corner away from the box.

    This is one of the major tactics our defence undertakes. When you watch Simpson back off also make a note of where tiote sits and covers and the formation of the other defenders and the position they get them selfs into.

    Backing off does a number of things.

    It give the player on the ball time, but it also give the players off the ball to get into better positions. Including our defenders.

    One thing you have to take into account iS there is no I in TEAM, What Simpson does might not look all that great to the beer drinking football fan but to the coach it’s does read well.

    If I was to coach a team I would not want to rush a player into taking a shot or making a pass when I knew the rest of my tea were out of position.or at least could be.

    What I would want is to give the player on the ball sufficient time on the ball to make sure my players had time to get them selves either back into position or in a better defensive position.
    Simpson does this with ease.

    So backing off to you is team work to me.

    And Simpson has received humour outs yellow card last season for bringing player down and taking one for the team

    Simpson is a well oiled cog in an improving team.

    It will be a shame to see him go.

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    avatar geordiecurse says:

    Good riddance Simpson. I don’t even rate him as an EPL player.
    Too slow.
    A wimp.
    No offensive skills
    Too scared to take a guy on.
    Caught out of position.
    Goal line clearances means he is on the line too much. We’ree losing too many balls in the air.
    Debuchy will be a breatyh of fresh air. Get those tackles in lad!!!

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    avatar Dreamer says:

    Sky reporting that we are ‘close’ to singing Debuchy.

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    avatar Dreamer says:

    …should be SIGNING…

    …maybe if/when he signs, we will be singing !!

    need coffee!!

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