Pardew Concentrating On Spurs Game – And Yohan Cabaye


Newcastle fans will take a particular interest in the game tomorrow night at the Stade de France in Paris, where France will be taking on Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Yohan Cabaye – in action for France

France currently head Group D with 20 points from their 9 games,  and Bosnia and Herzegovina are in second place,  just one point behind France from their 9 games played.

This is the final game of qualifying,  and  if France can draw or win tomorrow night they will reach the finals next summer, but a win by Bosnia and Herzegovina will see them through to the finals to be held in Poland and Ukraine.

That’s not particularly what Newcastle fans will be interested in of course, and it’s all about whether Newcastle’s  top midfielder, Yohan Cabaye will be fit to play for France tomorrow night.

Yohan left the game against Luxemburg last Thursday evening after 48 minutes with a sore left ankle, but a scan he had on the ankle on Saturday showed no particular damage to the ligaments, which was very good news.

And France comfortably won at Luxemburg by a score 2-0.

The game tomorrow night is obviously very crucial for France, and Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be holding his breath a little,  to see if Cabaye starts for France tomorrow night, as there’s still a question right now whether he is really fit to play tomorrow night.

We’d be very happy if  Yohan is rested and not even included in the French squad for the game.

But of course Yohan would love to play for his country in such an important game, and that’s hardly surprising,  and he has expressed that desire over the weekend, so we’ll just have to wait and see what France manager Laurent Blanc decides about Cabaye.

The Newcastle manager is working towards preparing his troops for the tough game against Spurs on Sunday afternoon, and obviously Alan will want one of Newcastle’s best players, Yohan Cabaye available for that game.

It could also be a sell-out at St. James’ Park for the game against the top north London side,  and of course the Newcastle crowd is always a great benefit for the players.

And some of the new lads have been a little astonished at the atmosphere generated by the football-mad Geordies.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local Newcastle press today:

“The home games are very special with Newcastle.” “The new players could not believe what a great atmosphere there is in the stadium.”

“It was a great feeling to get a nice ovation in the last home game.” “We can only thank the fans and try to get more wins for them.”

“Our home form is very important to us this season.”

We just have to hope that after all the International games are finished tomorrow night, the Newcastle players are all fit and well, and can return to Newcastle and take part in training on Thursday morning, as the lads prepare for their toughest test in the league so far this season.

And we think we can win the game against Spurs too.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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43 comments so far

  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #2

    about Carroll : I don’t care if noone likes MA, but well done in screwing Liverfool.

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Can Vuckic play as striker?

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m not really concerned if Cabaye or Tiote is out as long as not both of them at the same time.
    We are very very strong at midfield, many good players can replace one of them.
    PS: I still hope Smith do well.

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  • Stuart

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Smith does well at what? Pep talks, pompom shaking? Haha

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #6

    I just hope Smith can be like when he used to play for MU

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  • Stuart

    Oct 10, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #7

    then you my son are praying for a miracle! haha.

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #8

    well.. we are in 4th place, it’s already a miracle. we won against wolves, it’s definitely a miracle. It’s a season of miracles for us hahhaha

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #9

    The atmosphere has being below-par, I would say, so far.

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  • Stuart

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Bah, theres more chance of us winning the league than Smith playing a blinder lol.

    All he does on the pitch is give freekicks away in dangerous places, mess up 2m passes and get booked frequently.

    If I were you I’d concentrate on the rest of the squad and leave old man Smith to collect his wages for the last year of his contract then shuffle off haha.

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #11

    My question about Vuckic, isn’t he an AM who can play as striker?

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  • Stuart

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Not sure, he does on Football Manager, but thats nothing to go by lol.

    I think he plays either midfield, AM or LW. Could probably play striker but hes very lightweight. Better in the AM slot I reckon.

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #13

    @redondo77
    Not as a striker mate, but i think he does quite well in the nr. 10 role, as HBA does.

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  • stephen1971

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #14

    hopefully everyone will be fit coz this is a game thats got to be won in midfield, can,t let modric have time on the ball or we,ll get punished, parker v cabaye is one i,m lookiing forward to

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  • GeordieJordy

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Vuckic is an Attacking Mid/ Center forward

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #16

    I see, thanks. I also play FM, that’s why I asked hehehe

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #17

    I know it’s MLS, but this kid could become a star – only 21. Interesting name too 😉

    http://youtu.be/4qNA7lC2DjQ

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #18

    http://youtu.be/6udVFBFDy3w

    Another good goal. Quick and nimble, even at 6’3″. Like our own Sammy.

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #19

    I can’t see we buy any striker in January with Sammy doing better than our target rumours. I f we do buy a striker, it will be Macheda. He will ask for transfer request and we’ll buy him for 2m.
    When African Cup starts, this could be our formation:
    ———————–Krul————————-
    Simo —— Saylor —–Colo ——-Santon
    ——————-Cabaye———————-
    Jonas —-HBA———Vuckic—-Marv
    —————–Sammy——————–

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #20

    What about the rumours that Ba has injured his left knee? That’s the same knee he injured before. NUFC.com say he won’t play in the next international because of it.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #21

    GeordieTwo

    I have a hunch it’s pure gonads.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #22

    A little early for Sammy yet Redondo and certainly not in place of Best or Ba if they are fit. Sammy will get chances, like Ranger did last year but only a few minutes at a time. Otherwise not a bad lineup, although Vuckic probably similar to Sammy in terms of appearances. Not a starter this season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #23

    I hope you’re right Milking Mike. Otherwise we are going to see a lot more of Shola or Peter which is always very disappointing.

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  • Stuart

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Surely if Ba is injured then AP will use that as the excuse for finally starting HBA, we were supposed to be playing this season with one striker and HBA playing withdrawn anyway.

    If Ba is out and is replaced with Shola or Loven then you’d have to start questioning who’s dick Shola has been sucking.

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Why are Sammy and Vuckic too early? I think Rooney was much younger than them and Owen when they were playing for England for the 1st time. Sammy and Vuckic is at the same skill as Rooney and Owen, I think.

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Jenas was 18 or 19 when he played regularly for us.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Me too. Spurs CBs, won’t be able to cope with the movement, hustling and aggression of Ba and Best, in my opinion; especially King, he’s mega slow and likes to remain pretty stationery, relying on his positioning.

    Our front two have being exploiting space, left by FBs bombing forward, really well this season, which drags CBs out of position.

    Their midfield likes time too. We all know about Parker and his compulsion, for wriggling around with the ball. Cabaye and Tiote are great at rushing players and panicking them into mistakes.

    I have a good feeling 🙂

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  • colwell

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #28

    @redondo77

    Lmao surely your joking? Sammy and Vuckic are good but the same as Rooney and Owen at that age?

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    @colwell
    Sammy, yes. Vuckic maybe not, since he is not a striker.
    I saw similarity with Rooney when he played for Everton, I could be wrong, but I hope not for our sake.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Don’t think so redondo. Vuckic has barely played over the last 2 seasons due to injuries and Sammy is a very raw talent. Neither one is in the class of Rooney or Owen as teenagers. Give both of them another year or two to develop and if they stay relatively injury free maybe we can begin to see what we have but don’t start thinking Owen and Rooney because you will likely be disappointed.

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  • solano

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #31

    MMBP’s…..Best’s movement?! Are you kidding? That’s one of his major weaknesses and why he gets caught offside so often….his lateral movement along the line is poor a lot of the time and he needs to work on that aspect of his game as well as his variable touch…that’s my humble opinion but also one that the great Trappatoni also pointed out last week.

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #32

    @27
    our defense has been a bit lucky so far and Krull is amazing. our midfield sometimes can be too casual and gave the ball cheaply. I hope we have luck, Krull do well, and our midfield not give the ball cheaply. All football teams need luck and got lucky, but it seems that others not happy if we got lucky and wishing we go down.

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #33

    @GeordieTwo
    Let’s just hope they have the potential to be great players for us in the future. For Sammy especially, we can’t afford to have 2 Sholas, 2 Ameobies are ok, but not 2 Sholas

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #34

    I haven’t see a single person on here saying they wish we go down redondo. Not meaning to pick fault with you but people have different opinions about the club. I think we’re off to a great start and hope it continues. A win against Spurs would be fantastic. Realistically we could finish between 8th and 12th this season mainly because we are so thin as a squad, as Pardew has said many times. We are 3 or 4 players away from being solid top 8 contenders I would think.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Agree totally with you about not having 2 Sholas redondo. One is too many in fact. The contract extension for him was a terrible idea. Sell him to a Championship team in January and develop Sammy.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry didn’t mean to say that we don’t want Sammy. Meant to say 1 was too many when it was only Shola.

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  • redondo77

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #37

    @34
    I don’t mean us, but others = other teams, pundits, football talkshows.
    All them predicting us to struggle, we are at 4th place because we are lucky.
    Sorry, I didn’t mean us NUFC fans.

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  • geordiedownsouth

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #38

    lads any news on demba ba nufc.com says hes injured??

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  • wingspan

    Oct 10, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #39

    God i loved this guy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q0fPoTupd0&feature=related

    I hope Hatem can our new version, i truly believe he can if he avoids the treatment table!!

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Oct 10, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #40

    Wingspan

    Cracking vid! Some of those goals are spine tingling. 😀

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