Cabaye Will Not Replace Nolan – But Who Will?


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.

Comments welcome.



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15 comments so far

  • gorgonzola

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #1

    1st 😀

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  • kilcline

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #2

    gorgonzola you are a prick.

    Why not add a comment others can read and reply too?

    Anyway, i think we will get 3 more players in and then anymore will be because others leave…..

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  • marcos_nufc

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #3

    As Newcastle United fan I am very disappointed with the club regarding new signings. Gervinho doesn`t want to play for Newcastle United and yet it seems that Alan Pardew is doing everything as if he was an ace like Neymar or Messi. Newcastle United are bigger than any player in this world.If Enrique wants to leave that`s ok Newcastle United need players who are keen on playing for the club. Let them go to Liverpool,Arsenal,Real Madrid or other club, which are keen on spending a big sum of money to pay his wages besides they(Enrique and Gervinho) want to play an European competition and unfortunately Newcastle United will fight to survive next season. Do you think things will be easy for Newcastle United next season ?Do you think it is correct to sell Newcastle United`s best players like Nolan,Barton,Enrique and Gutierrez and bring in unknown and average players? When Alan Pardew said that he would strengthen Newcastle United`s squad I thought he would sign players like Falcao Garcia, Odemwinge,Sturridge,Fabio Coetrão and Nilmar.Newcastle United is a big club and must think big, they must bring in good players.When I say that Newcastle United will fight or try to survive it is because the players mentioned on this blog(possible Newcastle United players) are average players at best, there is no quality, nobody knows who they are, they play in a weaker league (the French league) and in smaller clubs too. If Newcastle United want good young players, please,go to Manchester United I am sure they can sell some of them or send them on loan(Tom Cleverley) and some of these young players play for the Manchester United reserve team which are very good. Another good option is to give more opportunity to the youngsters at St.James`Park players like Phil Airey and Shane Ferguson because at least we know these players.I am a bit worried as a fan and I have got reasons for that.Who are these players? How many goals did they score last season? Is the French League more difficult than the Premier League? I don`t think so Playing the French league or League 1 is not like The Premier League it is totally different I mean the clubs in The Premier League have got more quality, the level is higher, the clubs are more competitive, and the pressure is higher, the players are better and so on besides the French players will have to settle in a new league. I just hope that these players will prove me wrong otherwise we shall have some difficulties next season. I am a Newcastle United fan and everyone is entitled to his own opinion. I am sorry if most of you disagree with me, I really didn`t mean to offend anybody here or the club but what I would like to see is a stronger side next season.
    @marcos_nufc_rj

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  • nick_9

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #4

    kilcline do you think three players would be enough. We’ve lost campbell, kuqi, ireland and nolan from the squad and brought in be and cabaye but the squad was one of the smallest last season. Ideally i would like at least 6 signings but i know its a big ask. I say 6 signings but i dont mean 6 first teamers, we need cover for a few positions so squad players.

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  • boater

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #5

    marcos – I don’t disagree, in fact I agree entirely. There is no evidence to suggest that the club are doing anything other than selling off salable assets – then hoodwinking the public about contract disputes. I would love to think wow here comes Nolan’s flash, sure-fire replacement but they are gambling massively by failing to invest in bringing in the needed quality.

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  • montevideomag

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, no one will replace Kevin Nolan. I would suspect apart from adding additional width and pace, i.e zog, barnetta, even Lennon has been mentioned, we may add an additional devensive midfielder and play a 4-2 -3 1
    We have a great nucleus of central midfield players, Tiote, Cabeye, Barton, Vuckic, Guthrie, Ben Arfa, Gosling, even Guttierez played an attacking central midfield role i the last game.
    If you read Pardews comments about Cabeyes range of passing, it seems certain we are going to playing more penetrative football using the pace of players to get in behind defences and keep them on the back foot.
    Thank god, because, all of AC qualities it was never pretty football to watch and I watch my football to enjoy it as well, otherwise SA may as well have stayed in charge.

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  • NorseMag

    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #7

    @ marcos & boater: If “There is no evidence to suggest that the club are doing anything other than selling off salable assets”, Where is the evidence that they are wrong?

    Both of you, not saying I’m different, have NO IDEA of what going on in the background. NO IDEA.

    If Newcastle are buying unknown players, is that the same as bad players? Why don’t you ask Wenger?

    It’s mid-june, we’ve signed three players already, yet you are whining about lack of signings.

    It’s way too early to pass judgement on this summers activities, and come september I bet you both have chamge your tunes. At least I hope so.

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  • womble

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Scott Parker can replace Nolan position.

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  • Shola the rolla

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #9

    What ever happened to Steven Ireland???

    Played like once for us then sat the rest out…. Any news if we will make that loan move permanent???

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  • va602sw

    Jun 18, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #10

    dont think Ireland will be come, he wants big wages. i would have love to see him play like he did for man city a couple of years ago

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  • va602sw

    Jun 18, 2011 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #11

    plus im defo siting on the fench about play going, i cant make my mind up if it the best thing to build newcastle as a bissiness

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 18, 2011 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #12

    i would like to see ben arfa to be our captain cause he is the guy who helped to bring in players like cabaye and ba he talks about NUFC all the time and even go to watch gateshead matches to see how our young lads are doing i think he has all the quality to become our captain

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  • VanCanToonFan

    Jun 18, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #13

    @womble – no way will Scott Parker come to Newcastle. It has been stated time and time again that the club is only interested in signing young, reasonably priced players. Parker is 30 years old and he is English, which means he will come at a premium price vs a comparably skilled foreign player. He had one great season at West Ham, but he doesn’t fit the criteria.

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  • max

    Jun 18, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #14

    steven taylor is our new captain.. graduated from toon academy and previously was a captain for england u-21… he has the leadership quality…

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  • Real Toon Army Fan

    Jun 19, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #15

    WHATS GOING ON WITH THE BOARD AND MIKE ASHLEY ? THE CLUB HAS GOT 35 MILLION TO SPEND AFTER THE SALE OF KEVIN NOLAN OK THE CLUB CAN KEEP 5 MILLION THE CLUB HAS JUST BROUGHT IN ONE PLAYER AND TWO FREE TRANSFERS.

    AND WHY IS THE CLUB LOOKING LETTING 2 MORE OUR BEST PLAYERS GO IN DEFENCE.ALAN PAR DEW IS A YES MAN AS WELL HE DOES EVER THE BOARD AND MIKE ASHLEY TELLS HIM AT THE MINUTE.

    CUSS YOU KNOW ITS ALL LIES HE IS SAYING ABOUT THE PLAYERS LIKE NOLAN AND THE OTHER 2 GOOD PLAYERS WE HAVE IN DEFENCE ABOUT IE THERE CONTRACTS WAGES ITS JUST TO COVER MIKE ASHLEY.

    CUSS WE ARE TOTALLY TURNING INTO A SELLING CLUB LIKE THE TIMES HAS SAID.UNLESS THE MONEY NOT PUT BACK TO THE CLUB THOUGH PLAYERS AND THE YOUTH SET UP MORE WE ARE NOT GOING DO VERY WELL NEXT SESSION.

    OR IN THE FUTURE THATS WHY I FEEL WE NEED A TOTAL STRONG 22 SQUAD A WE NEED 3 WORLD CLASS DEFENDERS 6 IF Jose Enrique AND Fabricio Coloccini GOES A WORLD CLASS STRIKER SELL SHOLA AMEOBI KEEP THE OTHER 3 PLUS THE NEW WE HAVE AND LOAN RANGER OUT.

    IF THE DOES GET SPENT WHAT I SAY I BY THE TIME THE TRANSFER WINDOW SHUTS ALL US REAL NEWCASTLE UTD FANS SHOULD GET MIKE ASHLEY OUT HOW YOU ASK THOUGH A FACEBOOK ACTION GROUP, DONT BUY ANY SESSION TICKETS OR TICKETS TO WATCH THEM PLAY.

    DONT ANY MONEY THE FOOTBALL CLUB IE CLUB SHOP’ SHEARES BAR’ STADIUM TOURS ETC SPORTS DIRECT WEB SITES HIT HIM WERE IT HURTS THE POCKET REMEMBER HIS IS A BUSINESS MAN.

    LETS ALL UNITE ON THIS WE NEED AT LEAST HALF OF THE STADIUMS SUPPORT ON THIS ITS PEOPLE POWER REMEMBER THAT BUTS LETS SEE IF MIKE ASHLEY STICKS TO HIS WORD IN WHAT SAID AFTER THE CLUB SOLD ANDY CARROLL AND THE MONEY TO SIGN NEW PLAYERS BUT THAT WENT AND SEE.

    AT THE END OF THIS TRANSFER WINDOW ?

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