Olivier Bernard Waxes Lyrical About New Magpies Star


Olivier Bernard was signed for Newcastle in 2000 from French club Lyon, by the great Bobby Robson, and he was on Tyneside for five years before finally retiring in 2007.

Olivier Bernard – while at Newcastle in 2004

Bernard was a decent left-back, and always gave 100% for the side, and today he has waxed lyrical about Newcastle’s new and exciting central midfielder from Lille – Yohan Cabaye.

Olivier did return to Newcastle in September of 2006 when Glenn Roeder was manger, but the Frenchman could never keep fit or capture his old form, and he finally retired from the game in 2007.

Unfortunately, because of his many injuries Olivier now walks with a limp, but he now help fights racism at show racism the red card, which is very worthy cause.

It turns out that Olivier has watched the French International Cabaye a few times, and this is what the still young Bernard, still only 31, had to say about the French International:

“I’ve seen Cabaye play a few times, and I think he’s almost the complete midfield player.” “He’ll do a fantastic job. He’s a tidy player, and a very neat passer of the ball.”

“He rarely loses the ball, and he’s great going forward. He’s a box-to-box player, similar to Kieron Dyer when he came to Newcastle.”

“He’ll organize the side, and would be a very important player for Newcastle.” “He’s nothing like Cheick. I think they would complement each other.”

“Cheick’s very good defensively, but Cabaye plays more the Xavi role at the front of the midfield. He can switch the ball left to right. He’s a very clever player.

“I definitely think he will boss the midfield and get the attacks going, and with Ben Arfa in the team, things are looking good for Newcastle.”

The 25 year-old French International played for France last night, in their 1-0 win in Poland, and he will certainly bolster Newcastle’s midfield options and we could be seeing a Tiote – Cabaye central midfield next seaosn.

The more we learn about Yohan and the more games we watched him play this year for Lille, the more we thought he was a very good technical player, and for just £4.5M he could be one of Newcastle’s bargain buys this summer.

We do expect some big name players to come into Newcastle this summer, but we also expect some signings – like possible Neil Taylor for £1M and 20 year old South Korean striker Ji Dong-Won, to be some savvy transfers Newcastle will complete this summer too.

Those two players are worth £2M in total and both are young in their very early 20s.

How do you think Cabaye will fair at Newcastle next season.

Comments welcome.



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59 comments so far

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #1

    sorry no one can say 1st this time haha

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  • ..SwedishMagpie..

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • ..SwedishMagpie..

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #3

    FML!!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #4

    I’ve waited and waited to see who would be the first divv to write 1st.

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  • northernracoon

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #5

    just need to start signing people officially…..the silence is deafening

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  • ..SwedishMagpie..

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #6

    GeordieGerman hehe 😉

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  • JackButler

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #7

    How long does it take to undergo a medical and get the results?????

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  • GeordieRob

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12876_6979380,00.html

    Surely Arsenal and Liverpool can’t recruit everyone. Maybe worth a punt.

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  • carlton nufc

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Right don’t hold me to this but I’ve just herd from sum1 that were offering Nolan in straight swap for Ireland don’t shoot the messenger but it makes sence to me What do u all think ?

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #10

    how did cadbye do last night??

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Cabaye will do very well in our midfield next season and will give Nolan real competition to his place.

    NEWCASTLE TRIAL FOR MLS HOTSHOT MARCO PAPPA. He has a thunderous left foot!!

    I am very surprised none of you guys have picked this up!

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  • JackButler

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Nolan = free scoring midfielder
    Ireland = Never fit for more than five minuets
    hhhmmmmmmm
    yep seem like something Mike Ashley would do

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    JP@11
    Where did you hear we are giving him a trial mate?

    carlton nufc@9
    Where did you hear that?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #14

    GeordieRob – I would love to see Honda here!! He was amazing in the World Cup.

    We have a chance after reading that article.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #15

    fulham want nolan,acorrding to the papers today.shouldnt be selling him,but i think we will.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #16

    hi GeordieGerman i dont want to be first, just trying to stop others,but you do get them mate .

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #17

    In all fairness if Ireland was able to be fit then he is younger and better than Nolan but he isnt anywhere near the captain that Nolan is

    Its a hard choice that one

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #18

    wat a F**KING INSULT NO TIOTE IN GOAL OF THE SEASON,, F**KING FAVOURITISM ON SKY IS UN F**KING REAL

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Ed. He didnt ‘Wax Lyrical’. He just talked about him.

    What a friggin stupid phrase that is.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #20

    WWJBD – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2001753/Arsenal-Newcastle-watching-Ipswich-hot-prospect-Joe-Whight.html

    Marco Pappa for a NUFC Trial next season. He has a thunderous left foot, if you don’t believe me look at the link above and check him out on youtube.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #21

    @ mr.T…iote // Jun 10, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    I thought that too

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  • carlton nufc

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #22

    One of my coaches at Oxford united also does sum Work with the Aston villa academy so that’s y I think it’s abit ify but tbh it makes sence both valued around same price same positions I wouldn’t be to mad at that tbh

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  • JackButler

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #23

    WWJBD
    agree with you mate when Ireland was at city he looked pure class, but don’t think that he will get back to anywhere near the player he was, would rather see Nolan sold and the money reinvested on someone better than Ireland, but I think we’re into Stephen Taylor territory with this contract stand off

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeah Ed I agree with NUFC_Richyg01 that ‘wax lyrical’ phrase is really stupid and annoying.

    Love the blog though and thanks for putting the order and numbers back, we needed it.

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  • mr.T...iote

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #25

    charton niether wud i tbf

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Birmingham have signed Marlon King.

    Thank god for that, one less $hite player to be lumbered with!!!

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  • gonz

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ve said it many times before that we should go after Clint Dempsey and if we want rid of Nolan than why not try and do a swap, obviously if they rate Nolan at 6m then Dempsey should be atleast 10m so Nolan +4m should land him, Dempsey also wants to leave Fulham and being American I’d love to see a classy player like that in the black & white stripes

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #29

    JP @20
    Not that I didnt believe you mate just curious haha the report is from the daily fail though which isnt a good sign. Sounds good though there are some gems in the MLS and Pappa is a awesome name haha

    carlton@22
    Thats probably a better source than a lot of people ho claim to be ‘in the know’ so maybe its true….as I say if Ireland was fit then it would be a decent deal for us and Villa. There was also reports that Nolan didnt get on with Ireland when he was on loan with us

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  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #30

    WAXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
    LYRICALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #32

    tiotes goal not being on goal of the season
    is a joke,was thinking the exact same earlirer,its martin tyler who picks it.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Gervinho to turn down gunners and join newcastle united for £8m

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  • carlton nufc

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #34

    well I’m sure if there is any truth in it then another. Rumour will come out soon

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  • Eastander

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #35

    that talksport article has no quotations from anyone… I wonder whos told them then, oh thats right its talksport, they’ll have made it up

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  • ..SwedishMagpie..

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #36

    hope we plays with one of these formations next season
    ……x……
    x..x..x..x
    ….x..x….
    x….x….x
    ……x……

    ……x……
    x..x..x..x
    ..x..x..x..
    .x…x…x.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #37

    WWJBD – You’re right about the dailyfail lol but as you say that’s a very wicked and catchy name isn’t it ??? lol The variety of songs we could think of for him.

    Check this video of him out, and just look at that rocket of a left foot he has:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJZL2mY0Q-s

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  • GeordieToon89

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #38

    nufc richy. wher u get tht from

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  • Andy

    Jun 10, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Not reported anywhere else but talkspite. Educated guess so they can say we were the first to break it i believe. Typical of them

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