France World Cup defender Mathieu Debuchy frustated by Alan Pardew’s Newcastle United tactics

WORLD CUP BOUUND: France star Mathieu Debuchy stretches during a training session
WORLD CUP BOUUND: France star Mathieu Debuchy stretches during a training session

MATHIEU Debuchy has admitted his frustration at the start to his Newcastle United career.

And the right-back feels the style of play at United has not helped his international form for France, who he is about to represent in the World Cup.

Debuchy joined Newcastle from Lille in January last year, and he had to adapt quickly to the pace and power of English football after being pitched into an intense Premier League relegation battle.

However, the attack-minded player has claimed the different tactics he was given by club and country “frustrated” him.

Debuchy told L’Equipe: “I was a little frustrated, because the coach (United manager Alan Pardew) asked me to stay behind, while for France the coach told me to stay high.

“If you do not go up enough, people will say that you do not bring enough offensively, and if you go up too much, they will say that you are not calm defensively.

“That’s why there will always be critics, (but) I still have to make progress on some points.”