Yohan Cabaye Stays Upbeat – Everything Is Perfect For Me

Well at least new signing Yohan Cabaye is staying upbeat and positive about Newcastle.

Yohan Cabaye – everything is perfect for me

Yohan Cabaye is one of Newcastle best signings this summer, and a lot will depend on just how quickly the French International adapts to the Premier League.

The unfortunate thing this summer is that Newcastle have lost three of their most experienced players in former captain Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, who were all great players for the club.

But Newcastle have nevertheless got off to a great start to the season, and have had Lady Luck on their side in all four games  so far.

Newcastle  drew at home against Arsenal 0-0, and then have won their last three games at Sunderland 1-0, at Scunthorpe 2-1 after extra time in the Carling Cup, and last Sunday at home to Fulham 2-1.

Newcastle are currently joint third top of the league, with 7 points from three league games, so it’s not all doom and gloom.

Yohan is obviously a talented footballer and he seems to be quickly adjusting to the rigors of the tough Premier League, and the central midfielder, who is currently with the French National squad for their European qualifying games, had this to say on Thursday:

“We’ve taken seven points out of nine and have created some momentum,”  “There is no reason why we cannot carry on this good form. “

“I have found it easy to adapt because there are so many French-speaking players here, which means we can help each other out on the pitch. Everything is perfect for me.”

Newcastle fans are trying to get over a botched up summer transfer window,  where the Newcastle hierarchy continued to refuse to pay the going rates for many of their targets like Mevlut Erdinc, Modibo Maiga, Papiss Demba Cisse, Erik Pieters, Aly Cissokho, and they even missed out on French U19 captain Danny Situ, who went to Swansea for £250K.

The high risk strategy employed by Derek LLambias and Mike Ashley all summer long then completely backfired on the club on Wednesday, when they failed to bring in a top striker, their number goal this summer to replace the departed Andy Carroll, who left back on January 31st.

And then when the club eventually agreed a fee for Costa Rican striker Bryan Ruiz of FC Twente late on Wednesday evening, they then balked at the terms he wanted.

As we said they botched it up completely, and it will be very difficult for manager and spokesman Alan Pardew to explain the catastrophe of Wednesday, but he’ll have to do just that,  and soon too.

But since Mike Ashley owns the club we suppose he will not be sacking himself for poor performance, well not yet anyway.

Sacking himself  means that he realizes he’s just not cut out to run a football club, especially one with the great history and passionate support of  Newcastle United, and so decides to sell up, quickly.

The good news is that Newcastle brought in some talented and younger players in the summer like Yohan, Davide Santon, Demba Ba, Gabriel Obertan,  Sylvain Marveux, Mehdi Abeid and goalkeeper Rob Elliot.

And the other news on Thursday was that the Newcastle Board will now back Alan Pardew big time in the January transfer window, but that rings very hollow indeed right now.

Comments welcome.

62 comments so far

  • sammydolan

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #1

    numero uno

  • Robin_S

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah he’ll be gone in the summer along with Tiote

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #3

    Darnel Situ not Danny haha..
    didnt the board say they would back him in this window though thats only happened because weve sold players he’s made a 500k profit this window

  • Andy

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Future captain i think watching him play (if he stays long enough that is) Great piece of business so far. Looks a player and no idea why he came to us! haha

  • JBMag

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Yohan is a MA apologist lol.

    Seriously though, great professional just gets on with the job. Let’s just enjoy the fact thats he is ours for now.

  • Toonboy_83

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah course everythings good for you mate, you’ve gotten into a team where if you play well you’ll have no problem being sold and bettering yourself.

  • plan_zee

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #7

    looks a class act so far…lets hope for another 3 points against qpr, which shouldnt be too hard considering how theyve played in their first 3 games.

  • the_besty_show

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #8

    qpr totally new squad now no idea how theyll play, but on this guy he has the potential to be the signing of the summer, if he adapts and improves as much as he has in the first couple games hes going to be incredible

  • the_besty_show

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #9

    petition for Jonas on the banner

  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #10

    @the_besty_show (9): Totally agreed.

    I still think QPR will be down among the relegation candidates – you can’t pull a Man City and expect it to work without giving time to bed the players in.

  • Andy

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #11

    the_besty_show // Sep 2, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Second that!

    Also QPR will be well up for our game with all their new signings and what not. Will be a very tough game. Hope we can win

  • Andy

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Stadium and fans will be buzzing for the game whereas our fans will still be picking themselves up. Wonder what reception barton will get. Hopefully a respectful silence. If he gets cheered i will be astounded and disapointed. Hopefully he is in the pocket of tiote and cabaye all game to show him how important to us he is (not convinced he’ll be missed as of yet)

  • tommyL

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #13

    It won’t be long til he is running games. We’ve seen glimpses in the last few games. I’ve been impressed massively with him, he knows what the Toon is about. You could see it in the Scumderland game.

  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Eh, if I was at the QPR game I wouldn’t boo Joey. I don’t like him for how he left and don’t think he understands what the club did for him but fair play to him – he’s a fan like all of us. He’s just in a position in which he can leave.

  • tommyL

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Jonas has to be in the banner.

  • Ameobi No.9

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Comment #16

    I dont like the banner, we need to sell some players to make it less crowded on there.

    Stinkey England playing tonight? i think the boy rooney will get a couple of goals and look a threat. until 2014, he will be back to his shambles self along with most of his England Internationals

  • JBax97

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #17

    January is their last chance 2 rectify the mess they’ve created over the years. I expect a new right back, centre back and striker plus whatever positions needs strengthening after the next 16 games…

  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #18

    @tommy: Totally agree mate. He’s the perfect combination between Barton and Nolan. The proverbial bulldog – next season he’ll be our captain unless Colo stays. (Doubtful)

  • Thump

    Sep 2, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #19

    @JBax97: Honestly? They had their chance with this window and they’ve blown it. To f with the fat, horrible cockney so and so’s.

  • Ameobi No.9

    Sep 2, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #20

    @JBax97 I completely agree.

    if we cont buy Dani Alvez, Popadopolus (the 21 year old centre back that is considered the next best thing in his league) and Sturridge, I am going to tear up my Newcastle tops and throw eggs at Mike Ashley lookalikes.

    There is actually no pleasing some people on this blog. We spend shit loads of money of players like Owen and Martins the Financial accountants come out and slag the club off.
    We dont spend much money but still get quality players, the football manager fans slag the club off because they think if we paid £15 mil for Cabaye and £20 mil on Ben Arfa that will make them better players.

    There is no in between where people like me can say, “Oh, we are doing well lets look forward to the happy times” with out the ‘Neggers’ saying this, that and the other about how low the ambition of the club is and even though we are 3 games into the season, we will probably be relegated…

  • tommyL

    Sep 2, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Any update with HBA? Is his return still expected to be end of September?

  • Ameobi No.9

    Sep 2, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #22


    I heard it was October 1st, but not sure if thats his return to full training or first team

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 2, 2011 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #23

    Ed you say you wonder what pardew has to say…well it shouldnt be pardew it should be derek.

    I do feel sorry for pards, he is told he’ll get s striker, he tells the fans that then he will be left to apologise…its not like gameiro, erdinc, maiga, cisse werent idenified by pardew and carr.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 2, 2011 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Kyriakos Papadopoulos << he's a beast and still very young would love us to sign him, got potential to be one of the worlds best defenders

    Dani Alves ? what the hell yous talking about no chance

    Sturridge << Is not for sale get it into your heads

  • dazza

    Sep 2, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #25

    lol@ Geordie89…… sarcasm my friend

    oh and brilliant post no.9, I wish as a Gerodie Nation we would take some pride in NOT being a bunch whiney cants and start showing the support that has made this team so famous (it hasn’t been the players)

  • dazza

    Sep 2, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #26

    jonas = first name on team sheet

  • the_besty_show

    Sep 2, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #27

    Anyone else got a bad feeling diouf might come, unattached so can come now on a free and is reasonably quick so that could be their reasoning. Better not mind i wont be happy with that signing

  • blissna

    Sep 2, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #28

    From what I’ve seen he has a right to be happy with things. He’s already looking the part. Let’s hope he can get a goal against QPR to cement our opinions!

  • Moe-NUFC

    Sep 2, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #29

    Cabaye is a real quality,
    I imagine he’s EVEN better than most people think,
    just watch the last game against fulham and his movement on and off the ball, World Class!
    cant wait to see him and Ben Arfa in the same formation!
    I ‘d imagine Ben Arfa playing of the wing, sounds exciting 🙂

  • blissna

    Sep 2, 2011 at 3:49 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m getting chills thinking about it Moe. Just hope he can recover from his horrific injuries unscathed (mentally as well as physically).

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 2, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Cabaye and Ben Arfa = Our Fabregas and Nasri

  • NOVA2967

    Sep 2, 2011 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #32

    Ba- Best

    ameobi the new welbeck
    Airey in the watings

    players need chances, dare I say I am glad we didnt sign anyone on transfer deadline.

  • NOVA2967

    Sep 2, 2011 at 5:03 AM

    Comment #33

    althouhg papiss cisse would of done it for me

  • ginkoh

    Sep 2, 2011 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #34

    One out = One in with younger and better quality but lower cost and wage is our real strategy.

    Cabaye – Nolan
    Ba – Kuqi
    Obertan – Routledge
    Santon – Jose
    Marveax – Xisco ?

    Waiting for Barton and Carroll replacement

  • Magpie11

    Sep 2, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #35

    We’re not playing to challenge for europe this season. Its not our strategy – at least not from the board. I tend to agree with them as well.
    Thank God fans cannot run the club, they would be on the wrong side of the intellect/emotion tightrope.

    We are building to be a top 6 side begining next season for as many years as we can compete at this level, we are interested in a certain type of player, at a certain age, within a certain price. This is a great strategy, with long term fruits as well as short term success.
    It is not easy to find let alone bring in the perfect puzzle piece for newcastles ambitious long term plans which have dazzled all of our new signings.
    So we are choosing to grow our own crop of players under the age of 20, whilst signing a few 21-25 year olds who will have the potential to be in the team for the next decade..we are a club not looking for a one hit wonder season, but a stable and secure spot in europe and competeing in the top6 and the domestic cups ofcourse

    I am very happy we did not sign anyone.
    Back to the drawing board for Mr.Carr, and the fans can all get behind the squad now and not the backpage transfer headlines linking us with a 30 year old on 100,000 per week.

    Howay the lads, the future is as bright as its been in a long time for this beloved club of mine.
    Financially, in terms of results, the potential and fitness/athleticism of the team is the highest its been in years imo.

    Howay the lads!
    F off doom mongerers, go back to supporting sunderland.

  • blissna

    Sep 2, 2011 at 6:24 AM

    Comment #36

    Careful NOVA the lynch mob will be after you!

  • Klatoon

    Sep 2, 2011 at 6:36 AM

    Comment #37

    Cabaye,Santon and the rest signed to play before 50,000 passionate Geordies. Hope we have a full house at the next home game,just for the new boys. HWTL

  • PortsladeToon

    Sep 2, 2011 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #38

    Can someone set me straight pls, but i thought if we needed a striker we could still get one on loan?? or has the date of this passed on the 31st too?

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Sep 2, 2011 at 7:01 AM

    Comment #39


  • Toon73

    Sep 2, 2011 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #40

    I think the we did OK out of the window, but geez MA’s tightwaddedness leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

    Couldn’t match Darnel Situ on 250K…wtf?

    If we could’ve grabbed a striker we’d be all singing a different tune. Who’s left a free agent for CB coverage???


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