During the January transfer window, West Brom were linked with a move for Mathieu Debuchy, who was again looking for an exit from Arsenal.
In a report midway through the January window, French newspaper L’Equipe stated West Brom had ‘already expressed their interest’ in in signing the versatile defender.
A need for West Brom to hurry was made clear, because Saint Etienne had come into the picture and Debuchy didn’t see that plan too badly at all.
The situation carried on until deadline day, and Debuchy signed for ASSE until the end of the season, when his contract with Arsenal expires.
Since then he’s played four games, put in good performances in all of them, and scored two goals for his new side. Saint Etienne haven’t lost any of those matches, with two wins and two draws, and Debuchy has played a big part in it all.
Monday’s edition of L’Equipe names Debuchy in their Ligue 1 team of the week, and it’s the second time he’s been in it since the transfer. That’s quite impressive, given some of the other players operating at right back in France.
Able to play in a number of different systems, perhaps West Brom should have tried a little harder to bring Debuchy in.