Cabaye And Marveaux Two Excellent Signings For Newcastle


Alan Pardew has talked today about Newcastle’s two midfield signings so far this summer.

Yohan Cabaye – a very skillful midfielder

Well, we should probably make that three, since Newcastle have re-announced the signing of 18 year-old French midfielder Mehdi Abeid, which they first did last May 25th.

And that’s probably because his contract ran out at Lens yesterday, but that’s the case with the contracts for our other free agents – Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba – but we didn’t re-announce those signings.

It’s  probably to make sure we talk about four signings this summer, since of course Sunderland just signed 18 year-old English U21 International Connor Whickham from Ipswich Town on Wednesday – but he cost £12M – whereas Abeid was a free agent.

Certainly both Cabaye and Marveaux are good footballers, there’s little doubt about that, and should turn out to be excellent acquisitions for the club, and both have already talked in glowing terms about Newcastle – and we like to hear that.

This is what Alan Pardew told the club’s official website today:

“Cabaye is a ball-manoeuvrer, someone who can work the ball and make a pass that has an incisiveness to it,” explained the manager.”

“He can unlock the door and comes to us full of confidence on the back of winning the league and cup double with Lille.”

“Ba is an out-and-out goalscorer, a winner and will certainly give everything he’s got. I expect him to get between 15 and 25 goals this year.”

“Marveaux has impressed and, because of his contract situation, he didn’t play a lot last season, but that means he comes to us fresh. We think there is a lot to come from him.”

“He works off the left-hand side as a rule, can play off either foot and will certainly give us competition for Gutierrez and Joey on both flanks. It’s really nice options for us.

“The only way the players are good value is if they are a big success for the team, and hopefully they will be, playing at a venue as big as Newcastle.”

Marveaux didn’t play a lot for Rennes last year because he had a serious groin injury, so we’re not sure what Alan is referring to about his contract at Rennes, which of course ran out yesterday.

Sylvain will certainly provide competition on either wing, but why we had to put Jonas Gutierrez up for sale we have no idea, since surely Newcastle  should be building up a squad with good competition in almost every position.

The fours players Newcastle have signed this season seem all to be  good business for the club, for a total outlay of just £4.5M, which was  offset by the sale of Kevin Nolan to West Ham.

But we’d still like to see at least another three good players brought in before September, and if we can also keep Jose Enrique and Joey Barton at the club, that would be great, but if not they will need to be replaced.

Newcastle have made a good start to the transfer season, we’d just like to see another top signing – soon.

Comments welcome.



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39 comments so far

  • arfa chance

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #2

    congratulations

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #3

    you got arf a chance and u grabbed it

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  • arfa chance

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Ha ha

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  • Milner

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #5

    How come Marv is competing for the winger roles of “Joey and Jonas” – is HBA being considered a striker? Or is it just that Joey and Jonas held down the wing roles last season….?

    I kinda imagined HBA on right wing…and if he and Ba are strikers, along with Shola, McLoven, Airey (Best and Ranger for sale i think so assuming they’re gone) – maybe it means the striker we bring in will be more 5m than 10m….ie. Shane Long.

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    i didnt realise how boring taking a sh1t was till i lost my iPhone :((

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  • Davies

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #7

    HBA is, apparently, taking up the number ten role. He’ll be in behind the striker(s).

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  • Senior

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Surely once Sept 1st comes and we have only signed Naylor and fingers crossed Zog, most fans will be quite rightly saying “Where is our big striker signing?”.

    I mean, there are 8 weeks left and 30m to bring in the next no9 so hopefully it will be the one we are all waiting for OR the duty anti ash mafia will be out in force.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    How do you know Jonas is up for sale? I’ve never once seen a quote or anything from the club to that effect.

    MArvueax came in and some lazy journo decided that would mean Jonas would be on his way out, and we all took it for truth.

    Jonas won’t be going anywhere this summer, its about competition for places, not replacing what you have.

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    Milner

    I could see hba playing a variety of roles, behind the striker against the likes of arsenal and on the wing against the likes of wolves IMO.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    @Milner – AP has said HBA will be playing as withdrawn striker.

    @Senior – If by Sept first that is the case I’ll be the first to start raging, but I just can’t see it happening, theres two months left and the major movement starts happening in these two months.

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  • arfa chance, being first is easy. try being last.

    Jonas on the right… At last.

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  • IPToon

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Team currently looking like this i guess. Even though pardew mentioned he see’s Ben Arfa playing off the striker like below i still think if he signs another striker he will be moving to the wing in place of gutierrez.

    Gutierrez – Tiote – Cabaye – Marveaux
    Ben Arfa
    Ba

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  • IPToon

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    Ben arfa and Ba down the middle my team should be, not all playing down the right before some smart guy mentiones i have overloaded our right side !

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #15

    im pretty sure Marveaux didnt play much for saint ettienne because he was a rennes player

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  • sheznufc

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #16

    You can tell pardew doesn’t want to sell Jonas as he is talking about him in his plans for next season, same with Barton. If them 2 are not here sept 1st, FCB has struck again!

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  • Nufcjb

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #17

    NUFC never had previously announced the Mehdi signing Ed..

    Get ur facts straight..and what is it u have against announcing it again anyways..?

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  • YoYo Yohan

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #18

    He was signed from Rennes Ed not Saint Etienne.

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  • funkness

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #19

    Marveaux played for Rennes, not Saint Etienne, Ed ..

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  • bills-son

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #20

    My take on the Toon transfers so far …

    We had 6 main targets that we wanted to sign early in the window – Cabaye, Gameiro, Gervinho, Ba, N’Zogbia and Taylor. We’ve got two, Ba and Cabaye, lost two, Gameiro and Gervinho, and two are still available, N’Zogbia and Taylor – I think both will still come.

    Zog and Taylor will cost c£10M which will be our net spend – Cabaye’s fee was matched by what we got for Nolan.

    A net spend of c£10M will leave £10M still to spend as I reckon the transfer budget was £20M – if Enrique goes we might have another c£7M.

    So my feeling is that we will spend a minimum of a further £10M even if Zog and Tayloe are signed. The bulk of that money will go on another striker and we will probably wait until near deadline when our ability to pay cash up front will put is in a strong position. There will be loads of bluff and double bluff going on right up to deadline day – but MA is a master at that.

    There will be at least one more big signing after Zog – and two more if we don’t get him.

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  • BiggMarketBoy

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #21

    IPToon

    I agree. HBA will probably play behind a lonely striker or on either wing (right) in a 4-4-2 formation. Looking forward to seeing him getting a few games…

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  • BiggMarketBoy

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Good news – cwarrshole on twatter is saying that there’s a bidding war for Enrique – this probably means that he’s staying! 🙂

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #23

    @21

    Yeah probably, same as JB getting a new contract!

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  • Senior

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Long, long overdue is a chairman/MD (mort was ok) who realises that the paying fans deserve a bit of inspiration, a look forward if you will to whats to come and if they have a press liason person- sack them coz they are sh!t. The Chron and journ churn out sh!t daily- I dont want to hear we are not in for sturridge, zog,sissoko etc, i want to hear we are after the best and will strive for excellence not settle for kak.

    There has not been a statement of intent from the owner since we stayed up, not a public “Well done lads, here’s some dollar to strengthen”.

    @Stuart

    Well fingers crossed, I wouldnt hold my breath given MA’s form since 2007. Its not like he has gone back on his word in the past or owt!

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    My error on Marveaux at Saint Etienne – should be Rennes- corrected it – thanks.

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Krul
    Simmo Colo Saylor Jose/Naylor
    Tiote
    Cabaye Barton
    Marv BenArfa
    Ba
    looks good so far more is needed and we still have 2 months and £26mil im content atm

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Here is what would be my ideal line up. Hopefully a realistic one.

    Simpson—–Saylor—-Colo—–Enrique
    ————–Cabaye—-Tiote————-
    Nzogbia————HBA——-Marveaux
    ——————-Sturridge—————-

    Subs:Willo, N Taylor, Gosling, Barton, Jonas, Ba.

    Subs and first team will change depending on position, Maybe have Abeid in amongst that lot somewhere depending on his quality. Hope I haven’t forgot anyone, Shola and Loverboy won’t get a look -in.

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #28

    @21 lol, your right there mate

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  • toonfan76

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #29

    *I meant depending on opposition.

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  • Alberts_tash

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #30

    I bet every other Premier League team blogs have Sturridge in their made up teams too.

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #31

    whats shane long like? never seen him though i work in reading maybe i should have :S

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  • Stuart

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #32

    Haha probably Alberts_tash!

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  • Milner

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Steve stone (1st team coach) has said we’re on look out for 23/24 yr olds….I think i’m right in saying shane Long matches that – and he scored 25 goals last season!

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  • Ollieh51

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #34

    Was gonna say, Jose will go now that Clichy is off and Arsenal will surely look for a cheap, solid option?

    Will we be going back in for M’Bengue at an increased rate due to the realisation we will have no back up even if Naylor joins?

    We need more that 2 players guys –

    There’s a mention from Pards there saying BarToon will still be deployed next season as a right sided player? We’ll need someone to cover with a view to replace within a year?

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  • Darryl

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #35

    People on about ashley not investing this 35m, we’ve apparently upped our bid, so I think it’s beyond 10m. This taylor fella at 1m, which is an outlay of 11m. I think cabaye is on the same wages nolan was on, thereabouts anyway. So technically, 11m + 1m(taylor) marvaux’s wages + nzogbias wages + ba’s wages + taylors wages. I think most bar taylor will be on around 40-50k a week. which, will be around 2m-2.6m per year. so around 7m – 8.8m for those mentioned players I think. Which gives us around 20m left from the andy carroll sale.

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  • Darryl

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #36

    and to note, I believe the squad at current with the fit players, is better than it was at the start of last season.

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  • Ollieh51

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #37

    Agreed Darryl.

    Either way, the way people are worrying about the money spending situation is ridiculous IMO.

    We have signed 4 players and the window has only opened today?!

    We ALL know that typically, nothing will happen as agents, clubs and players alike hold out for later ‘panic’ offers at the end of the window and should not keep going on about where/if the money will be spent until the window closes.

    It’s not a nice situation to be in for fans and clubs alike as we experienced at the worst possible level with Carroll leaving but that’s what it is.

    Suck it up and deal with it!

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #38

    french revolution continues next nzobia to come in

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  • Sav

    Jul 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #39

    Its the risk of major fitness issues with 4 of the so-called ”5 new signings” that bothers me. At least hang onto Best and Ranger until either new signings are made or until next season. Let Ranger go and we could find ourselves in the embarrassing N’Zogbia scenario in another couple of years.

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