Yohan Cabaye won his fifth cap for France on Wednesday night, and he could be the key player for Newcastle next season.
Yohan Cabaye – key player for Newcastle this coming season
France drew 1-1 with Chile on Wednesday, and Yohan was a 66th minute substitute at the Stade de la Mosson, and replaced Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri, who will leave Arsenal for Manchester City soon.
Cabaye has not replaced Kevin Nolan one for one on Tyneside, because the way the Frenchman plays the game will completely change the way Newcastle will be playing next season, and for the better too, and the lads should be a good skillful side to watch.
And it seems Yohan has had no problems settling in at the club, and he quickly bought into manager Alan Pardew’s vision of how Newcastle will play the game from now on.
The 25 year-old had this to say:
“I love passing the ball, the passing game.” “I love having the ball at my feet, shooting at goal, defending, tackling and sometimes I score goals, too. Newcastle have a proud history of attacking football and I relate to that. I adore that.
“For three years at Lille, we worked hard at playing that kind of football and it brought us the championship.” “I hope it is the same at Newcastle. Looking after the ball is the best way to play the game, because you have the pressure, the advantage.”
“The word ‘Sunderland’ has already been mentioned.” “We play them in the second game of the season and we know it is going to be huge.”
“It is a tough start: Arsenal first, then Sunderland and we hope to start well. It is important we start well at home.”
“When I was Lille we had a fierce rivalry with Lens – the first thing we did when the fixture list came out was to look and see when we were playing each other.”
“If you win those two matches, then you have already had a very good season.” “We want to get have a good head-start by the time we have played Arsenal, because that will give us great confidence when we are playing Sunderland.”
Cabaye could easily have stayed with the new French Champions Lille, and played in the European Champions League this season, but Newcastle were after the player since January, and the lad has accepted the considerable challenge of playing in the world’s top football league.
When he played his last game of last season, and was taken off towards the end, he received a standing ovation from the Lille supporters, and it was obvious he was a popular player.
And it was also obvious he had played his last game for the club, and we were just hoping it was Newcastle he would be joining, and the news broke a couple of days later and Cabaye was indeed Newcastle’s first summer signing.
Yohan is also probably the most important summer signing too, and he’s looked just great in pre-season.
Yohan talked about why he made the change from Lille, the only club he had ever been at before he arrived on Tyneside in June:
“Firstly, I just thought it was the right time to change club.” “Yes, I could have stayed at Lille and played Champions League football, but Newcastle offered me the chance to play in the Premier League, which I believe is the best competition in the world.”
“I want to prove to myself I can succeed away from Lille, in a different culture and in an environment my family and I can adapt to. I want to go to the next level.”
“My first ambition is give my best possible performances on the pitch and the second is it should be possible for Newcastle to look at qualifying for the Europa League.”
“The club has the potential to be at that level. We have to show a fighting spirit, as a collective, if we want to get there.”
It’s disappointing to see Jose Enrique leave the club, and even more disappointing because of the reason he left – that Newcastle are not ambitious enough.
But if the five players Newcastle have signed so far play as well as they can play, it may be a surprise to the Geordie supporters just how well Newcastle perform next season.
We are hoping that’s the case of course, and whatever you think of owner Mike Ashley it would be good to support Alan Pardew and the players.
That happened two years ago when Chris Hughton was the manager, and Ashley was trying to sell the club, and Newcastle are in a much better position now than two years ago.
The lads just have to push on, and we’re hoping they will surprise us all big time – with an upper half finish in the league.
Yohan Cabaye is the player who could drive the new Newcastle to success next season, and that’s one reason he is already such an important player on Tyneside.