Alan Pardew believes new French signings will lift Newcastle United
Newcastle news: Alan Pardew says French contingent will help club climb the table
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew feels that his five new French signings will help to lift the Magpies away from the relegation places.
The St. James' Park outfit clinched the signings of Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Moussa Sissoko to go with their other five French stars, with Pardew insisting that their identical nationality is a coincidence.
Pardew told the club's official website: "It's nothing to do with foreign players, it's nothing to do with where a player comes from, it's just about getting good players.
"It was obvious last weekend against Reading that we needed to make changes very, very quickly and we have done that."
The defeat to Reading was their eighth loss in ten games in all competitions.
The former Southampton and Charlton Athletic boss believes that these new players have strengthened his side in key areas.
Pardew added: "The players we have brought in - without giving too much away - will add some pace to our team, some energy and energise some of the players we already have."
The new crop of players will join their fellow countrymen at the club, in a contingent that includes Romain Amalfitano, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan.
While many Newcastle fans will be excited about the new signings, they will also be happy to see Yohan Cabaye back in action.
Cabaye has just recently returned, after a lengthy lay-off, marking his second game back with a goal against Reading.
Mathieu Debuchy believes that the French international, who was his team-mate at Lille as well, will be crucial to keeping Newcastle in the Premier League.
Debuchy said: "I was really for him.
"He scored a brilliant goal and he came back and played very well.
"It was a magnificent goal and he played a very good game."
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