Everything Chelsea Fans Need To Know About France's Right Mathieu Debuchy

The French right back has been an impressive performer for France in their first two games. Here's why he could well be the ideal candidate in Chelsea's right-back search.
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The French right back has been an impressive performer for France in their first two games. Here's why he could well be the ideal candidate in Chelsea's right-back search.

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Everything Chelsea Fans Need To Know About France's Right Mathieu Debuchy

Mathieu Debuchy is a true northerner; he was born near Lille 26 years ago, and spent his entire career at the Lille Olympique Sporting Club. He signed his first license there when he was 8, turned professional 10 years later and will have played around 300 professional games for the club when the season will end.

His debuts with the club were quiet. He was then playing as a defensive midfielder and only had only a few occasions to shine. In 2006, he suffered the most feared injury for a football player, and needed a knee ligament reconstruction. This forced him to give up on the European Under 21 Championships of which he was tipped to be a key player. The following years were disrupted by many other injuries which considerably slowed down his progress.

When his body decided to finally set him free, he started his rise to fame. He first changed his field position: Claude Puel, then Lille’s coach, placed him on the right wing, first in an attacking position but then settled him as a right back. During the past 3 seasons, his form has been perfectly matching his club’s performances: a mid-table performance in 2009 followed by a 4th place finish to conclude the next season and a domestic league and cup double last year.

He also took advantage of the big sweep orchestrated on his first game by Laurent Blanc for the national squad. He gained his first call up on this occasion but had to wait until Bacary Sagna got sidelined to have his first taste of international football. This happened a year later against Albania at the Stade de France.

Debuchy could end the drought at the right back position which followed Gary Neville’s decline in the late 2000’s.

During the 2010-2011 season, he proved himself as a key player of the team that took home the league and French cup trophies. His name was penned down in the season’s best 11 voted by the players. He is described as solid defensively but also decisive on the attacking front, being fond of long runs down the side line concluded with pinpoint crosses.

His talent came famously on display a month ago when the French squad visited Germany. On this day, he was named man of the match, exposing mercilessly the German left flank, and thanks to his 2 assists for Olivier Girroud and Florent Malouda and the regularity with which he is now piling up the plaudits is impossible not to notice, that is the reason why he is now rivalling Bacary Sagna for France's full back spot. And why Chelsea should move heaven and earth to sign him.

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