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.