French International midfielder Yohan Cabaye is probably the pick of the bunch so far, of the five new players who have joined Newcastle this summer.
Yohan Cabaye – will get better at Newcastle
Yohan has looked good for Newcastle in the games he has played, but Pardew believes Cabaye will only improve at Newcastle, much like Jose Enrique did after he arrived from Villareal four years go.
This is what Pardew said yesterday about the five times capped Frenchman, during the manager’s news conferences on the Scunthorpe game tomorrow night:
“When we were looking at him, I saw a lot of British qualities in him in terms of his will to win and desire to win in his own way.” “Some of the traits he is showing I have not seen before – which is probably because the level is up one.”
“The tackle on Saturday was completely out of character – and probably not the best tackle he has ever made.” “He is just committed to become a success. I think he is very focused about what he wants to achieve in the game.”
“He came here to do that and we are going to be the beneficiaries of that.” “He has some learning to do of course. I look at Jose Enrique, who has just left us.”
“And I look at the stats of when he first arrived and when he just left. He is a completely different player.” “Yohan has started OK – there is a lot of improvement to come.”
Cabaye has everything it takes to become a top midfielder in the Premier League, and the Newcastle transfer looks like a terrific move for him personally.
He seems to love everything about Newcastle, and certainly he has been impressed with the passion shown by the Newcastle fans, and he talked in lyrical terms about them after the home game with Arsenal.
His partnership with Cheick Tiote has not looked too good so far, at least not in the first couple of games, but they will need more time together before they can improve that partnership in the middle of the park.
And during Alan’s interview on NUFCTV yesterday, there was video of the lads training, and they certainly seem to enjoy things, and we probably have a much better squad of players right now than we realize.
It was interesting that Alan also said there was not much between the top players and the rest of the players in the squad, and he’s probably right about that.
Newcastle have some top youngsters like Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi coming through very nicely at the moment.
As far as Cabaye and Tiote are concerned, both players look very good, and they could become a great foundation on which Newcastle can build success in the future.
And to think we paid only £8M for the two of them, but that’s probably evidence of the expertise of Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr, who scouted both of them for the club.