Yohan Cabaye And Newcastle – A Match Made In Heaven


Yohan Cabaye had an excellent game for Newcastle on Saturday,  and was unlucky not to score and give Newcastle all three points.

Yohan Cabaye in action on Saturday tackling Alan Hutton

In our Man of the Match poll Cabaye has captured 91% of the vote and he had a great game, especially in the second half when he was allowed to push up the field more.

And he hit the cross bar, and then Shay Given made that world class save from Cabaye’s 20 yard thunderbolt after 85 minutes, and almost gave Newcastle the victory.

His  first goal for Newcastle cannot be too far away,  and we need those goals from midfield to fill in for the departed Kevin Nolan, who scored 30 goals for Newcastle in the last two seasons.

We cannot wait to see Cabaye play with Ben Arfa, who could play tomorrow night in a withdrawn srtiker role at Nottingham Forest.

Shola Ameobi, who seems to be doing some of the interview duties this morning, thought Cabaye was excellent at Villa Park:

“What a performance,” “He could have had a hat-trick if it wasn’t for the crossbar and Shay. Playing a little bit further forward than he has been for the last couple of games.”

“I think that’s the position for him.”  “Him and Cheick Tioté worked well in tandem, with Cheick covering in behind.”

It seems to us that Cabaye and Newcastle are a match made in heaven, with the 25 year-old quickly settling in, and showing just what a bargain buy he was from Lille for just €5M.

And he seems to love it on Tynesde, and Yohan couldn’t believe the home crowd of just under 47,000 against Arsenal in our first game, and we thought that crowd was a low one.

Of course Yohan played great for the French Champions Lille last season, and we watched a number of the Lille games, and he was always a dominant force in their midfield too.

And other French players like Gabriel Obertan on the right wing, and Sylvain Marveaux, who looked good after he came on after 81 minutes for Demba Ba, also showed good promise for the future.

And their experience on Tyneside can only help Newcastle strengthen their squad in January and next summer,  with other players who could come in from the French league.

We may have lost out on a top striker in August, but it seems like Newcastle have brought in some good talent in the summer.

And Yohan Cabaye looks the pick of the bunch, and is an excellent footballer, with an eye for goal – what else do you want from a player?

Comments welcome.



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59 comments so far

  • Ollieh51

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    The place is going to erupt when that shot from Cabaye hits the strings!

    Great performance from him, he and Best are growing as prem players with every minute they spend on the pitch!

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Also, does anyone else think we should give Obertan a start on Tuesday so that we can start Marveaux against Blackburn?

    Look mile more effective than Obertan with a better end product in 2 mins than he had all game!

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Faultless on saturday BUT was given all the space in the world by Villa which helped him a lot

    Having said that his vision for passing is, dare I say it, Scholes like when given a chance

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  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Marv looks like he has the potential to be a big hit like Cabaye and Tiote aswell. He just hasnt been given the chance by Pardew… But when he plays he looks class aswell. He played really well in the scunny game.

    Imagine a midfield 5 of

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~Tiote~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Obertan~~~~~Cabaye~~~~Marv~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~Ben Arfa~~~~~~~~

    If obertan can refind the form that convinced Fergie to sign him for United.
    If Ben arfa can find the form he had against everton
    If Marv is given the chance and pulls of a Cabaye/Tiote…

    I know theres a few “If’s”, but its not out of the realm of possibility. Each individual has the potential to make magic on the field. And have all shown Class and Flair in past clubs.

    *I left guttierez out, cause (not trying to be harsh) in the next couple of seasons he will become obsolete to Mike Ashley. And be sold off to the highest bidder.

    Don’t Get me Wrong. Im a big fan of Guttierez. Love his determination and Drive on the field.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    He’s getting better with every game, at 4-5 mil he’s gonna be a steal

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  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6
  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #7
  • WWJBD

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Ollieh51
    I would play both Marv and Obertan tomorrow night personally but stick with Obertan for Blackburn simply because Marv is coming back from big injury (much like HBA) slowly introduce him for me

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  • JackButler

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone know whats wrong with Gosling?
    Getting worried with Guthrie making the squad ahead of him?

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    @ San-Toon – Love that.

    @ WWJBD – Cabaye was given time and space admittedly but hwe has the ability to create that time and space too.

    He has done so on occasion every game this season and his range of passing is sublime.

    Thing is, I remember everyone raving about Scholes when we played them on the opening day of last season when we had Smith and Nolan ‘closing him down’ and I thought he was average.

    I daren’t say the same for Yohan as it’s early days yet but he has consistently delivered thus far.

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  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe he picked up an Injury for England U21?
    Can’t find anything….

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    @ WWJBD – Fair point.

    Still, get Obertan off for Marveax and push Jonas to the right maybe?

    Wish we had selection options like these across the back line!

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    Cabaye is a huge talent and I love him (maybe a little too much haha) but Villa helped him out a lot whereas against QPR (who gave none of our team time on the ball) he was very quiet for the most part

    See for me Scholes is one of the best England has ever produced

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #14

    Ollieh51
    Ideally that’s what I would go for eventually mate but was Obertan told he would be a sure starter? Hmmmm

    Oh don’t mention the backline I am trying to be positive haha

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  • ash1001

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Yeh what a difference a few days makes as far as Cabaye is concerned – a little disappointing at QPR, brilliant against Aston Villa. Hope the latter is going to become the norm.
    Also hoping that Ben Afra is going to stay fit, because hes also going to make a difference.
    Other pleasing point was that Tiote did not get booked, we need him on the pitch, not in the stands, but Chieck please try and cut out the bad passing at times and the 180 degree turns ala Scott Parker.
    Was there a downside, other than not getting the deserved win – yeh – Best did not last 90mins, and Shola came on instead of Sammi, AP if you have learned anything hopefully its the Shoala is not an asset, the fans are not all wrong- please review past voting figures for MOTM, hes usually bottom as he was on Saturday.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #16

    WWJBD

    Scholes was a one off, one of the best players I’ve seen, if Cabaye can be half the player that Scholes was we’ve got someone special on our hands.

    Also what little I’ve seen of Marveaux he could be a great signing when his fittness is up

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  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #17

    I would Rest Gutti.

    Salgado pulled a hamstring so wont be fully fit for the game/might not start

    So whoever plays in his position could have a hard time against a Fully fit guttierez.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    JB
    Oh aye Scholes was special no doubt. Cabaye with those cross pitch pinpoint passes though…offt

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #19

    @ WWJBD – Scratch that last comment, keep us all bouyed for the match tomorrow night!

    We played against a different set up last week hence why nobody had any time to breathe but I’m really intrigued as to how we line up against Blackburn.

    Someone needs to tell Pardw Shola looks tired so he can get rested too! Ha!

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  • tommyL

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Cabaye is brilliant. He’s going to run games for us, something we’ve not been able to do for a while.

    Obertoon just needs to get his confidence back a bit. He’s not used to playing every week atm. AP will getting him firing soon.

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  • JackButler

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #21

    WWJBD

    It’s hard to get to excited about our players with the current regime as the last player I got excited about was sold as has yet to be replaced.

    Would like to see Cabaye played in a more advanced role though, just behind a lone striker just as Scholes was at times

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  • sirtoongospel

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #22
  • stephen1971

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #23

    cabaye tiote and marveux for a total of around 9 mill, thats not bad buissness at all, a bet for cabaye to score tomorrow night coming on

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Ollieh51
    That’s far better haha for blackburn I would go with the same set up as against Villa I think

    JB
    STOP it haha don’t ruin the feel good mood! Cabaye Tiote Marv Best Ba HBA and Obertan will all be here in 5 years time….

    Cabaye for me has his position set beside or just in front of Tiote

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  • JackButler

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #25

    stephen1971

    cabaye tiote and marveux for a total of around 9 mill

    Less than what Liverpool paid for Charlie Adams

    there’s not many things that I like about our owner, but he’s one hell of a business man

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  • JackButler

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    WWJBD

    Ha ha, sorry mate, couldn’t help myself 😉

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 19, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #27

    Cabaye Tiote and Marv for 9mill? Your forgetting about the 20mill in agent fees 😉

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #28

    JB
    That’s better u big negger! Haha

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  • JackButler

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #29

    WWJBD

    HA ha, mate just enjoying having a team/squad/manager that I’m proud to support.

    No more drama until January (hopefully) 😉

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #30

    JB
    Haha aye its a change that I saw a NUFC performances that I was totally happy about haha

    Let’s just hope the fat pratt sells up before January…though if u want drama follow the Barton Henry fight hahaha class

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  • Ollieh51

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #31

    @ JB – You just wait, it’ll be a Ben Arfa injury and a break down from one of our CBs that gets this place busy again!

    We’re getting relegate!
    We’ve got no good players!
    We should have kept Carroll as we can’t score goals now!

    BRING BACK KK! Hahahahaha!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #32

    JackButler Gosling has a slight groin strain apparently. He won’t play tomorrow night.

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  • ENNYOUEFFSEE

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #33

    I have said previously Cabaye for me is the signing of the summer. Scholes was brilliant and his passing sublime but he could not tackle. Cabaye although early days has the ability to pass but can also put a challenge in. Marveaux looks an exciting prospect also and Pards should look to now start him in a few games. What a headache he must have over the midfield especially now HBA is starting to look good in training and hopefully will get an extended run without any more injuries. For the first time on Saturday Newcastle looked the exciting side we should be and dominated the game.

    I for one think we will finish in the top ten this season.

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #34

    check the picture of the grand scale desicration of our Hallowed home on nufc.com almost bang on half way down the page its just soo unneccesary and vulgar almost done deliberately to offend

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  • Klatoon

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #35

    I was really impressed by Demba Ba,showed alot of mobility and confidence. He was drifting to the LW beating his man and when he attempted that 25yard shot on his weaker left peg,i knew he was getting his confidence back. Ba-Best-HBA will be a handful

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #36

    This just shows u dont have to spend big to be good. Everything hinges on our scouting atm and the fact that Pardew picks the right targets.
    Anyone else getting the vibe of all these interviews from our players that they’re already a tightly knit group?
    We can’t forget Simmo either i thougt at Villa, he did a solid job.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #37

    @WWJBD
    Did u read the latest response from Henry? Barton on £80.000 a week now, and he was on £70.000 with us. It all just made sense now. I thought he was on around £50.000 with us….

    IF it’s all true…

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #38

    i like that pardew has the good kind of selection headache so few managers before him have had here long may it continue (touch wood)

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  • Eastander

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #39

    Cannot wait to see something along these lines! With a team like that I dont see why we should fear anybody! (Man U excluded)

    ——————–Krul——————
    Raylor—Taylor—-Collo—Santon
    ——————Tiote——————
    Guit———–Cabaye———-Marv
    ———————–HBA————–
    ——————Best——————–

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Sep 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #40

    Yer simmo was very impressive kept N’zogbia very quiet

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