Do you hear the people sing? Maybe Adam Le Fondre's second half brace at St James' Park should not have only been celebrated by the ecstatic blue and white ghouls residing in the top corner of level seven. In hindsight, Le Fondre's goals also provided all the other 50,000 people in the ground (who had watched their team ripped apart by a side who then were yet to win away from home) with a ticket to witness some revolutionary French talent in the near future.
Sadly, Mike Ashley has not provided everyone with free admission to see 'Les Miserables', but he has, finally, answered the fans persistent whingeing for some new players. The executive billionaire finally dipped into his portefeuille and splashed his dough on not one, not two, not three, but quatre new French players. Now that is even more exciting than seeing Hugh Jackman play Jean Valjean.
So after a hyper winter transfer window, let us take a look at the calibre of French footballing talent that Newcastle have signed (no Moussa Sissoko Football Manager 2006 reference included, I promise).
French international Sissoko is primarily seen a defensive midfielder and can act as one part of a double pivot or play as deep-lying anchorman; ultimately protecting the back four. But while the 23-year-old is confident in performing his defensive duties he has (literally) made huge strides with his attacking play and could now be likened to Patrick Vieira, Marcus Senna of Villarreal or (OK, this may be pushing it) Manchester City's Yaya Toure.
Since the recent demise in form of Newcastle hard man Cheik Tiote, the Magpies have craved a midfielder who can contribute to creative attacking moves as well as breaking down opposition attacks; especially if employed into a central role in a 4-4-2 formation. Sissoko will be an integral component in Newcastle's revival and they could have just landed a world class box to box midfielder for around £2million.
French Under-20 international Haidara is seen as one of the rising talents in Ligue 1. The 20-year-old attacking full-back has spent the last three years playing for a struggling AS Nancy side and has still managed to showcase his undeniable talent. The current left-back slot at St James' Park is currently occupied by fan favourite, and probably the Magpies' most consistent player this season, Davide Santon. The speculation that he wants a move away from Tyneside seems to have calmed down, so it looks like Haidara is more of a move for the future for Pardew, rather than a hastily implemented formation change.
Former Bordeaux striker Gouffran has big boots to fill. Demba Ba provided Newcastle fans with endless (we hoped) goalscoring entertainment and established himself as a world class centre forward. Pardew's initial
intention was to bring in Loic Remy or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but after being denied the pair, Gouffran was signed for around £1million. The Frenchman's contract was due to expire at the end of the season, which speeded up Newcastle's transfer; and there is no doubt the price tag is not an accurate portrayal of his worth.
Despite starting his career as a winger he has developed into a goalscoring frontman but remains versatile in being able to drop wide or take up a number ten role behind a target man. He scored 14 goals in Ligue 1 last season but questions have been raised as to whether a step up to the Premiership is too much for the player to handle. Gouffran should not be looked upon as a Ba replacement (Cisse should have that challenge) but more as another option for Pardew to rotate around the first eleven.
Last but far from least, Yanga-Mbiwa is exactly the player that Newcastle United have been desperate for this season. The 23-year-old centre back is a world class footballer. His stats don't lie. He is a current French International who won the domestic championship last season, he has become one of the most sought after defenders in the world and has played in the Champions League this season. He is not Boumsong. It does seem that he was swayed to sign for the Magpies because of the sizeable French contingent he will have around him: there is no question he would have fitted perfectly into Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side or most other Champions League outfits.
Yanga-Mbiwa oozes confidence on the ball and has the natural ability to push out of defence, putting the holding midfielder at ease; almost like Gerard Pique. He can pass the ball and his distribution is generally of very high quality and he will look to spray the ball wide as often as possible. He is six feet tall, strong and athletic and could adapt to playing as full back if needed. The new found trio of MYM, Coloccini and Sissoko is mouth-watering and the French defender will improve the defence instantly.
So. The barricades are finally manned. Three points at Villa? Bring them home.