MATHIEU Debuchy is ready to tackle two tough away games – after returning to Newcastle United’s starting XI on home soil.
Debuchy (left) helped Alan Pardew’s side make it four wins in a row at the weekend.
Newcastle beat West Bromwich Albion 2-1 to move up to sixth in the Premier League ahead of tomorrow night’s visit to Swansea City, which is followed by game against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
France international Debuchy sat out the victory over Norwich City late last month after picking up a fifth booking.
But the right back, named in Paredw’s team at the expense of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, won’t shy away from a challenge over the coming weeks and months, despite his frustration at his enforced absence against Norwich.
“I want to play in as many matches as possible – I want to play in every game,” Debuchy said.
“I was a little bit frustrated not to be able to play against Norwich, but I came straight back in.
“I wanted to play and help the team. I wanted to get back on the pitch with the team.”
Suspensions are nothing new to tough-tackling Debuchy, who was built his repuation in his native France as a player who wouldn’t pull out of a tackle. And the World Cup-bound 28-year-old won’t change his game.
“Since I turned professional, I’ve always had the same style of play,” he added.
“That’s me – that’s who I am. When I go in for a one-on-one, I need to be strong to get the ball. I’m not going to change that.”
Debuchy was in the Newcastle side, battling relegation from the Premier League, beaten 1-0 at Swansea last season.
“We know it’s going to be difficult,” said Debuchy. We’re well aware of that.
“It’s a hard place to go. They’re a very good team.
“Every game is difficut. We’ve had some great results recently. It’s up to us to try to go there and get a really good result.”
United’s win over West Brom means only league leaders Arsenal have performed better over the last six games.
However, Newcastle had to work hard for the three points in what Debuchy felt was a “difficult” game.
United took the lead for the second successive game through a first-half corner – Yoan Gouffran headed home Yohan Cabaye’s flag kick – but the strike was cancelled out by Chris Brunt after the break.
But Debuchy’s France international team-mate Moussa Sissoko claimed all three points with a stunning second-half goal.
Reflecting on the game, Debuchy said: “It was difficult match, but we were up for it, and we played well.
“West Brom are a very good team. They like to play football and keep the ball. But we showed enough energy and desire to go out there and win.
“Corners are really important. We saw again how important they are. It’s not often you will get a goal as good as Moussa’s. It was fantastic.”