Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has told Newcastle fans not to expect Yohan Cabaye to be a direct replacement for the recently departed captain, Kevin Nolan.
Yohan Cabaye – will add skill and creativity to Newcastle’s midfield
The French International joined the Magpies from Lille last Friday, as Newcastle’s very first summer signing, and he was acquired from Lille for around £4.5M – a decent price for such a good player.
Pardew told BBC Newcastle yesterday:
“It’s important that we replace Kevin with the right type of player but Cabaye will give us a different look,”
“He’s got a different style to the type of midfielders we have got.” “He has a creative influence the Newcastle public will enjoy, he’s a top lad and this is a sound purchase by us”
“He was a big, top target of mine, we targeted him from Christmas onwards, I watched a lot of his games and I went to watch him personally,”
“He has a lovely feel with the ball and he’s a clever passer, he can put the pass in between centre halves and full-backs and release strikers and wide players.”
“He has a creative influence the Newcastle public will enjoy, he’s a top lad and this is a sound purchase by us, hopefully he can find his feet quickly.”
Cabaye, who is 25, ended a twelve year spell with current French Champions Lille, when he signed a five-year deal with Newcastle, and he has so far made four appearances for the full French side.
In short, Yohan looks a good player and a terrific buy for the club, and will add class and skill to Newcastle’s midfield, and he seems such a good guy too.
But Newcastle will need to replace captain Kevin Nolan this summer, with a strong player and leader, and maybe that’s why Newcatsle are being linked with Celtic captain Scott Brown.
But the words we hear from the Celtic man, is that he doesn’t want to leave Celtic, and if that’s really true, it doesn’t say too much about the player’s ambition, but of course he may be playing to Celtic’s fans, until a real bid comes in from the Magpies.
There are some very good players that come out of Scotland, there’s no doubt about that, with Kenny Dalglish maybe being the best ever, but the Scottish Premier Premier League at the moment is in a bad way.
It’s hard to see why a top player would want to continue to play in Scotland, but when you are born and bred there, it may not be so difficult to understand.
We shall see what happens with Newcastle, as they try to replace Kevin Nolan, and whether they will actually make a real move for Scott Brown, and of course the Newcastle captaincy will be up for grabs next season too.