Newcastle United has been one of the pleasant surprises this season in the English Premier League as we reach the end of the year.
After 18 matches, the St. James Park outfit is located in the top spots in the standings sitting sixth with 33 points – only five behind the current leader Arsenal – and they are currently on the race to grab one of the UEFA Europa League places. This good season couldn’t have been possible so far without the stellar play of some of their French players.
Elements like Yohan Cabayé, Loic Remý and Hatem Ben Arfa have been stellar on the offensive side of the ball for Newcastle this year and the support of Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy on the defense has made the team very difficult to beat. Today’s contest against Stoke City was more proof of the great contributions made by the French colony – that tallies 10 total players on the first-team squad – this season for The Magpies.
Both Cabayé and Remý scored a brace – Remý could’ve ended with a hat-trick but missed a penalty kick in the first half – and Joan Gouffran also found the back of net en route to a 5-1 victory on Boxing Day. The contest wasn’t equal as The Potters ended with only nine players on the pitch, but that wasn’t an excuse as Newcastle dominated from start to finish and added three more points to an already impressive campaign.
While it’s unlikely to see Newcastle battling for the title late in the season, they have already established themselves as a dangerous side this year. They will look to continue down this road, and the efforts of their French players will be key to the team’s success.