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We cannot wait to see Cabaye play with Ben Arfa, who could play tomorrow night in a withdrawn srtiker role at Nottingham Forest.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