West Brom Close In On 32 Y/O Arsenal Outcast: The Best Option Available For Pardew?

Alan Pardew took over a West Brom side that was struggling at the bottom of the points table, halfway through the season but has failed to get them out of the drop zone. His side are now four points away from safety and the manager is now planning to add some quality to his side, to cover it up. A number of exciting players have constantly been linked with a move to the Hawthorns this January transfer window and one name doing the rounds is Arsenal star Mathieu Debuchy.

French news outfit L’Equipe have published a story earlier this week claiming that the Baggies are interested in bringing the former French international to the club this window and that they have held positive talks with the club and player already.

Having failed to make a single start in the domestic league, Debuchy, who has failed to cement a place at the club since his move to the Emirates back in 2014, is now looking for regular game time and could be ready to quit the club this month. So should the Baggies go all in for him?

An experienced full-back who is impeccable with his defensive duties, the 32-year old is a smart footballer, who loves to stay a step ahead of his opponents. Strong in the air and in hold up play, he is adept at making tackles and interceptions in dangerous areas while his ability to dribble past defenders with ease, makes him all the more dangerous.

He is not a great crosser but is a decent option in the flank for his side in attack and his experience at the highest level in Europe will be of huge help to the Baggies.

A right back by trait, he can also play as a CB and has 240 Ligue 1 appearances in his prime for French outfit Lille. However, he has only 56 English league appearances in over three seasons now and will not be too hard to lure out of Arsenal.

Alan Pardew has been able to call upon Craig Dawson after an injury he picked up earlier this season but the 27-year old has not been at his best this season and needs an upgrade or competition for his place in the first team. Allan Nyom has been used as a make-shift right-back when needed but Pardew wants to solve the right-back crisis at the club and sees Debuchy as a decent option.

West Brom have been linked with a host of full-backs recently but Debuchy and his attributes are a perfect fit for the club. But do you think he will be a good addition to the squad?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti

Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

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