Cabaye Is Like Enrique – He’ll Get A Lot Better At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • panzer attack 912

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1


  • Pieter Piper

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    Eh to an extent yes.

    But in Enrique’s first season he was shockingly awful. Prone to mistakes.

    Cabaye actually looks class. Two close attempts on goal in two games, for a new player. Against teams where his style of football (i.e Controlling the play from the midfield via clever passess) Is not the ideal strategy.

    We were never going to do a Barca on Arsenal, i.e Dominate and control the flow of play.

    and against the mackems, there was little to no room to make decisive passes, as the moment you had the ball, you either had Clattermole, or Bardsley gunning to break your legs.

    Im really hoping Cabaye has as big an impact as Tiote did last season. Tiote and Cabaye have the potential to be a solid, fearsome Central MF partnership.

  • redondo77

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    things will only get better from now.

  • Pieter Piper

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    Gonna ask my mate up in Newcastle to get me a Cabaye Home Kit the next time he flies over here.

    As of now, ive still got one surviving Newcastle Top… Barton.

    Nolan, Carroll, Enrique, Beye, Zogbia are picking up dust in the storage room. Whereas, Robert and Shearer are Framed in my room.

  • panzer attack 912

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    hopefully he wont be like enrique and leave to LiverFool like him and carroll but he will hopefully improve any suggestions on a striker

  • redondo77

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Lol @ Pieter
    Burn Nolan, Carroll, Enrique, Beye, Zogbia shirts or donate it to charity.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Cabaye is class. Can see the signs. Not afraid to take shot and is willing to get stuck in. But so far he’s been average and i hope he finds his form sooner than later.

  • Pieter Piper

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #9

    I actually considered burning the Carroll Top when he was being sold… But i couldnt bear to part with them…

  • Spike

    Aug 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Alan Pardew – Chatty Man.

    Does he do 15 interviews a day just to hear his gob flapping, or is it just the one long one each day which gets reported in bits?

  • redondo77

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t think you should buy Cabaye shirt, I’m affraid he’ll end up like the other shirts you bought hehehehe

  • toonarmy21

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone know when the villa tickets are on sale ???

  • drongo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #13

    I think this lad is a class act. Like a new Deschamps


    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    @ pieter do us all a favour go out and get 3 new shirts one with smith one with shola and one with perch do it today u never know ur luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15

    i think we will get pieters in but i honestly dont c us getting a striker.

  • hadthetshirt

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    He is certainly a good player as I’m sure Marveaux is.Just need the 2 other pieces of the jigsaw and a lot of luck regarding injuries.As we seem to have more than our fair share season after season.

  • redondo77

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    @Boom 14
    I don’t think it’s going to work with Shola. His brother is here and noone want to buy him heheheh

  • redondo77

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #18

    If we keep getting injuries more than others every year, is it because we have the worst luck or bad physio?

  • drongo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #19

    @ redondo77 Bad medical care and bad training methods. This is actually my field so know a bit about it. Take a look at any of the pictures you see of NUFC training – you will see ankle socks and no shin pads. Where do most injuries happen? Training

    Some of our rehab of injuries has made actue problems chronic – Dyer is a classic example. He is now being looked after by a friend of mine, some of his early problems, if managed correctly could have been sorted then – but werent and now he’s a wreck. real shame that as he is a talent.

    We need a proper sports med, and rehab facility. Not be piling everything onto Derek Wright and hoping he can get them through the next game.

    If anyone is particularly interested, have a look into some of the research ManU do into iunjury PREhab, i.e., corrective exercise to sort out movement patterns and stop the injuries ever happening. Or have a look at some footage of Giggs and Scholes from last season – game is over and they are on the pitch cooling down correctly for a good 30mins….
    bayern Munich have a pool with ice baths under their main stand for doing exactly that…

  • ross armstrong

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #20

    where the f****s our signings?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 1 week to go and stilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll no striker!!!!!!!!

  • ross armstrong

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #21

    where the hells our striker man?????????????? this is stupid now !!!!!! 1 week to go and stil no good striker upfront

  • quitesimple

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Anyone thinking he would adapt straight away needs there head shaking. Hes looked very good so far and I expect him to make a big impact.

    Also, is anyone seething that we werent shown earlier on MoTD, especially with QPR v EVERTON!!!!! before us amd we were a local derby which turned out to be a good game!!!!!

  • tom tomb

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #23

    Cabaye and Tiote, are leaving massive gaps at the moment as they are a new unit. Both Arsenal and the scum, drove holes through the centre of midfield in the 1st halves. That is fact, but tactical adjustments were made and they improved. It’s early days as they had no time together with visa troubles. They will be ok, but at the moment it makes it harder for those playing beside them. However 4 points, who is complaining!!

  • Neil

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #24

    @ drongo 19. You can’t blame our medical team for Dyer’s AIDS!!! LOL

  • hadthetshirt

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #25

    @drongo I was chatting to a physio a few year back about sports injuries ( he was helping me at the time) we got on about footballer’s and hamstring injuries etc.He said a lot of damage was done on the golf course because they didn’t do their stretching exercises and muscle warming etc.I don’t know if this is still true,but we do seem to get an awful lot of injuries in training etc.
    If you look at cycling for instance the riders still do 60-100 mile on their rest day in the Tour,always have a warm down and massage.Surely we must have good medical staff,or don’t we.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 24, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #26

    drongo – Very interesting. I have always thought our training methods or physios were awful due to our extensive injury list year after year. To be a top club we need top training staff, physios and training equipment. Especially now that we have so many injury prone players. We wouldn’t lose so many points per season as we would have our best team available most of the season. I find it shocking that the problem is still not being addressed even with us topping the injury list league year after year.


  • drongo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #27

    had the shirt – Spot on with the golf

    We have overworked medical staff, but they are always fire fighting – what we dont have is someone doing the preventative work.

    Next time you watch the build up to a MU game on SS and see the players getting off the bus, look to see how many of them are carrying a foam roller. looks like a big thick white cylinder. Its used for releasing muscle fascia BEFORE training. It is used before you even start to warm up…
    How many times have you heard us having someone pull out of a game due to being injured during the warm up??

    Probably not the right forum to go off on one about this, but we arent alone in it – most of the PL dont pay enough attention to it and we are way behind the Germans or even the Americans.

    Football clubs tend to employ people already known to them – we had Robbie Elliot as a conditioning coach for example.
    We should bring in someone like Stevie Black.

  • drongo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #28

    way way off topic but for those of you who dont know – this is who Stevie Black is:

    Rob Andrew calls him a ‘one-off’. Jonny Wilkinson lays much of the credit for his unparalleled success at his door. Graham Henry, the All Blacks coach, calls him “the best motivator I’ve ever encountered”. Steve Black describes himself as a chameleon – someone who is able to evolve to suit the needs of the persons he is coaching at each individual circumstance. Widely regarded as one of the UK’s best fitness conditioning coaches, Steve first worked as a bouncer in Newcastle, before studying for a Sports Science degree and embarking on a career in sport. He has coached with Kevin Keegan at Newcastle United when they won promotion at the start of the Keegan Era, with Peter Reid at Sunderland when they won promotion to the Premiership and with Paul Bracewell at Fulham before they were promoted to the Premiership.
    The Times writes of him “Steve Black is acknowledged as the best conditioning coach in the world”.

    Unfortunately Football lost him to rugby. But if I was the billionaire owner of a sporting team (in any sport) he would be my first appointment.

  • OttersPocket

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #29

    I used to play in same team as Steve Blacks 2 sons, he is excellent at what he does.

  • P.I.

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #30

    @quitesimple – 22

    Yeah mate, for a long time now they’ve had the toon games on towards the end.
    I was seething after about 15mins of the show. They’d had the first game highlights on, and were running through the matches that would follow. Lineker summed up the Sunderland vs Toon match by saying “and see Joey barton’s first yellow card of the season”
    I thought it was utterly ridiculous. For a start the booking was a bit of a nothing. And came about after a lunatic challenge from Clattermole. It was a fiesty derby in typical passionate fashion yet the BBC just fell in-line with the rest of the Nations media and played the ‘Barton card’. I thought it was pathetic.
    Furthermore, Hansen chose to highlight Enrique’s contribution in the Liverpool game. What he highlighted i’ve seen Enrique do 100 times or more in a toon top yet was he ever noticed or talked up?
    Again, pathetic. It was suggestive that Enrique was already a better player at Liverpool. And that angered the crap out of me also.
    Hansen truely is a complete muppet. (Indeed he looks the double of Captain Scarlet)

  • drongo

    Aug 24, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #31

    @ Otters – hes doing keynote speeches to corporate bosses these days. Sports loss is business’ gain.

    Anyway – that was my 2 penneth on the injury side. Get that man involved, reduce the number of lost man hours, and get more out of the players youve got. Local boy too and a massive nufc fan.

    Much better use of some of ACs legacy money in my view.


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