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.