Cabaye – We Want Newcastle Back In Europe

There’s an excellent interview with Yohan Cabaye in the Newcastle Journal today, and this lad seems to be quite a  character.

Yohan Cabaye – in action against Sunderland

Of course he’s also a very good player who seems to just love being at Newcastle.

And Lee Ryder of the Evening Chronicle had reported last week that the central midfielder was telling everybody in the French squad, just  how great a club Newcastle United was – to anybody who would listen to him.

Yohan seems to be the pick of the bunch in the summer transfers that Newcastle completed, and certainly he’s caught the eye in the Premier League this season so far.

But on weightier issues such as – has he been to Greggs (top bakery in Newcastle) or tried the fish and chips served in a newspaper (what else?) – the answer is he still has to taste the local cuisine.

And as for black pudding, well it may take some time for  the Frenchman to venture into eating that stuff.

But Yohan says he has settled quickly on Tyneside, and certainly on the field of play he’s now moving into top gear.

This is what Yohan said today:

“There are five to six teams in England competing for the Champions League and it’s true the results for Newcastle in the last few years weren’t great,”

“But results have not corresponded to the size of the club and hopefully we can make the size of the club correspond to our achievement in the coming years. That is our aim. Then we can think about taking the next step into Europe.”

“We’ve got to believe that we can get up there, that’s the point of playing football. If we keep winning matches it’s possible. We want to take this club back to Europe as soon as possible.”

“Maybe we didn’t expect to be so high at such an early stage but the team has a lot of quality and a lot of excellent players.”  “The tone was set in the first match when we didn’t concede any goals against Arsenal.”

“That was a really positive result, then we won the derby and that set us up ‘trés bien’. The key is to win your games at home.”  “To be fourth is really good, and it is important we haven’t lost a game. “

“The match on Sunday is going to be a really big test and we’ve got a good chance to prove why we are fourth.”  “The Premier League is the best championship in Europe, if not the world,”

“I had wanted to leave Lille for several seasons and Newcastle gave me a fantastic opportunity to play in the Premier League.”  “The fact Lille had just won the French cup and championship meant I could finish on a high.”

“So I came to Newcastle and it was a very quick adaptation. It was necessary to be part of the team quickly.”  “Everything went very well and it helped the fact that there were other French players in the team.”

It does seem that a new target this year is for Newcastle to qualify for Europe next season, but of course we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves either, and Newcastle have some tough games coming up.

And Cabaye could even be a future Newcastle captain, because he’s influential on the pitch  and a good character off it, and once he learns English from current captain Fab Coloccini – who knows?

Come to think of it, maybe he should go to a proper tutor for those English lessons.

And it seems that once Yohan learns English a little better, he will indeed try some of the local cuisine in Newcastle, and also venture out to see the rugged but beautiful countryside too.

The French International continued:

“No, I’m waiting to be fully confident in my English before I try fish and chips and Greggs,”

“I hope to explore the beautiful coast here and also Scotland with my family and friends, but I haven’t had the chance yet.”

I would recommend Yohan try the Vanilla slice first at Gregg’s – there’s just no way he can be disappointed in those.

And what are the chances that Cabaye can get his first goal for Newcastle tomorrow afternoon, with one of those thunderbolts?

We’ll have to wait and see,  but another good display by Yohan Cabaye can help Newcastle win tomorrow, and stay in 4th position in the league.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far


    Oct 15, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    This guy is incredible… Love this – “No, I’m waiting to be fully confident in my English before I try fish and chips and Greggs,”

    Cabaye vs Modric, interesting

  • Stuart

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    The lad needs to get himself a sausage and bean melt from greggs like, king of all pasties haha!

  • Graeme

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    A superb signing by NUFC – as were the rest of our summer signings. They have brought about a complete change in the way we now play football. Long may it continue as the results will surely follow which will keep us in the top half of the table, quite comfortably, I think.

    Just how high we can finish remains to be seen though.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Cabaye has really surprised me. Not his quality I knew he had that. But the speed he has got used to the English game.

    I don’t know why he wouldn’t try Black pudding. The French eat all sorts of crap.


    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m more than pleased to ship out Noland and Barton for Cabaye and marveux/obertan

    Just lovely 🙂

  • Stuart

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Apparently Derby want Perch on loan.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #7

    Cabaye vs Modric indeed Ameobi.
    And Tiote vs Parker. The latter is an easy one for me, but the first one… It’s £4,5 mill vs £30 mill. We’ll find out just how much difference there is.
    So looking forward to this match up.

  • Dannyo

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d say take him if it wasn’t for being the only CB backup we have atm. Ofc, there’s Remie Streete and but he’s only 16, and Henderson is on loan.
    But neither would get trusted with it at this stage..


    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah danny can’t wait!

  • Stuart

    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Aye, that was my thinking aswell like Dannyo, maybe in January if we sign a defender or two he can go on loan then, but atm we need the cover, even if it is perch haha!


    Oct 15, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #11

    This player is like a breath of fresh air in the Team!

    Right attitude! Right Mentality! We,ve signed a real diamond here!

    Compare this to the attitude of some of the players we,ve got rid of in the last few years!
    We only need to sign two players! One striker and one defender and the jigsaw is complete! Lets make it the right players though and no moneygrabers!

    This is the first time in years i can actually see us doing something special ! Like a cup or a place in Europe again!

    Ruiz went to Fulham because he wanted to play European competition, funny if they don,t qualify for next years competition! This year he,s cup-tied! Fulham aint doing that well this year! Oh if they don,t qualify for Europe then Bryan Ruiz might come to regret his transfer deadline day move!

    If we get something out of the game tomorrow, even if its just a point! Don,t be surprised if we lose though/but! We have excelled ourselves so far this year!

    These are good times! HWTL!

  • jakesome

    Oct 15, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12

    got some bad news for you ed….i dont think vanilla slices exist anymore!!

  • laurent roberts left boot

    Oct 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Areet lads, not sure if anybody’s already posted this but have a look if you haven’t already seen it, Abeid is looking to be a quality signing, bags of potential

  • magpiebop

    Oct 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #14

    Be longer again before Tiote, Abeid and Ba try black pudding!


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