Cabaye And Ben Arfa Could Provide Goals Threat For Newcastle

Newcastle fans saw a commanding display from French International  midfielder Yohan Cabaye on Saturday at Villa Park.

Yohan Cabaye – big threat when he pushed forward in second half

Alan Pardew played his tactics almost perfectly on Saturday, and made up for whatever mistakes he made on Monday night,  and pushed Cabaye up the field in the second half and it paid off.

And certainly Yohan is a wonderfully skilled player to watch, beautiful to watch according to the Newcastle manager, and he makes things look so easy, it’s even annoying.


Alan Pardew was rightly delighted at the Magpies’ performance which augers well for the future:

“To come away from home at Villa and control the game for, let’s say, 80% of the game takes some doing.”  “I just think the control we had over the game, which is something I talked about last year, was great.”

“We have had a great start and we aren’t getting carried away.” “We don’t have a group of players who will do that.”

“The one difference between us at Villa Park and last Monday night at QPR – and even in a couple of other games – was that we really looked like a potent threat going forward.”

“We looked like we were going to get goals. In other games we haven’t.” “Cabaye was a lot to do with that and was beautiful to watch. You would pay good money to watch him.”

“I think it is important that we do the right things at the right time. We did that at Villa.” “We got a grip of the central midfield area, we got Cabaye into the game.”

“If we do that more, he will hurt the opposition.”

What Alan will have learned from the second half yesterday is that when Yohan pushed up more, leaving Tiote to fill in at defensive midfield, which he did very well, Newcastle looked a lot more potent side with Yohan himself having a good eye for goal.

With the great Ben Arfa coming back tomorrow night, it looks like an attacking Cabaye coupled with Ben Arfa just ahead of him in the withdrawn striker role,  could strike terror in opposition defenses.

We hope so in any case, and we may see that formation  in Saturday’s game against Blackburn Rovers, and maybe even tomorrow night in the Carling Cup game at Nottingham Forest.

But there were certainly a lot of positives coming out of the game on Saturday, where Newcastle looked a good team.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • sammydolan

    Sep 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Benny has a lot on his shoulders!

  • Spike

    Sep 19, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #2

    This man is looking fantastic.

    If he achieves his potential this season he’ll be worth millions to the fat man’s profit.

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 19, 2011 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Tiote, Cabaye and Ben Arfa, cant wait for them all in one team

  • toonfan76

    Sep 19, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Benny has got what it takes to carry the burden but is gonna be the target of every hatchet man we play against, it’s up to the ref’s to protect him but that doesn’t bode well when you think about his first injury playing for us against city, The ref didn’t really do much to protect him in that game.

  • wattos

    Sep 19, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Full Commentary on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra of our match tommorrow – anyone aware of any overseas TV coverage?

  • toon6toon

    Sep 19, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Arguably the best midfield outside the Manchester clubs haha
    Tiote offers benny and cabaye the security to do their thing so I believe we could have a good season if they don’t get any injuries

  • sammydolan

    Sep 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #7

    I am worried Benny will be our Woodgate for spurs.. when fit unreal, but hardly ever. The injury he had was terrible not only does the leg need to be fixed the head needs to be fixed as well, last thing he wants to be thinking if im gona get snapped when hitting shots or passing etc…

    Good luck to the lad, all the toon behind him!

    I’d love it, I’d love it if he went & got the number 9 shirt for next season!

  • tobes

    Sep 19, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Cabaye is epic. I can’t believe we have him. With Benny coming back, we are looking good.

  • Stuart

    Sep 19, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #9

    To be fair sammy, both injuries came from horror tackles, woodgate just constantly picked up injuries from nowhere.

    Completely different situations I reckon like.

  • wynsleap

    Sep 19, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Stuart – “Horror” tackles or at the least extremely dirty tackles, come as part and parcel of every match, every week.
    The likes of Shearer took many during a game but managed to withstand them. I know he had a couple of really serious layoffs but had the strength to come back even stronger.
    I just hope that Ben Arfa doesn’t have a weakness against the excessively tough tackle.
    I know he’s the kind of forward to get that kind of attention but it’s something he’ll have to live and contend with. How often was Beardsley really crocked for his skills?
    It’s also a sad fact that the Premiership ‘cloggers’ are going to be looking for him when he returns to see if he has that weakness. I have to say I worry for him.

  • NuFc RoB

    Sep 19, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #11

    —————————Tim Krul———————————
    —————Y.Cabaye————-H.Ben Arfa—————-

  • Billy1985

    Sep 19, 2011 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #12

    well im happy that cabaye is at nufc because when i was growing up my idol was rob lee, i think my son can grow up with cabaye as his, great player cant wait to see what he is like next season well if ashley decides not to get rid lol

  • Oleg G

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #13

    With HBA, we need to play like they play in American Football (don’t know the rules). Always someone who is protecting the quarterback with his body. Tiote? 🙂

  • Robby Bobson

    Sep 20, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #14

    More like we were against Alex McLeish and his team as per usual sat back.

    Against QPR we were outnumbered in the middle, as theyhad Faulin, Derry, Barton and Tarabt who came in from the wing against Cabaye and Tiote.


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