Mathieu Debuchy's imminent arrival at Newcastle United will give the club a huge lift, according to Alan Pardew.

The thing is ... let's have a reality check here ... the player is a full-back.

Hardly the most influential position in a team.

Alan Pardew: “Any player of that stature – a French international – and of that age is going to give our top players a lift.

“That’s the sort of player you’d want to see at this football club.

“Hopefully, we can do it in the first week.”