Newcastle United’s Debuchy: I won’t change

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MATHIEU Debuchy’s won’t stop putting his foot in for Newcastle United – despite the threat of another suspension.

The tough-tackling defender will sit out this afternoon’s home game against Norwich City because of a one-game ban.

In-form Debuchy picked up his fifth booking of the season in the club’s last match, the 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

But 28-year-old – who also racked up yellow cards with former club Lille – won’t shy away from a tackle when he returns from his suspension.

“This happened to me in France as well,” Debuchy said.

“Bookings are something you have to be careful about. At the same time, my style of game is to go in for tackles, so it’s a balance.”

Debuchy – who this week helped France qualify for the World Cup finals – has previously talked about his love for the “physicality” of the Premier League.

The right back feels his game is ideally suited to English football, which he believes is markedly different to the French game.

“There’s a huge difference between the French and English leagues,” he said.

“The English one is much more physical, but personally, I prefer that.”

Debuchy’s French countryman Yohan Cabaye, also fierce competitor, is one booking away from a ban himself.

While Newcastle manager Alan Pardew doesn’t want to lose any player, let alone Cabaye and Debuchy, to suspension, he won’t try to curb the natural instincts of players he feels are natural born “winners”.

“They’re both winners – they get emotionally involved in games,” Pardew said. “Winners will sometimes do frustrating things, because they want to win.

“Therefore, they sometimes overstep the mark, and they get bookings.”

Debuchy’s absence will mean a defensive reshuffle for Pardew, who is likely to recall fit-again captain Fabricio Coloccini, an unused substitute against Tottenham.

Pardew said: “It’s not ideal, because we’ve kept two clean sheets two of the best sides in the division, but we got (enough) players to be able to cope.”