It’s A Big Battle Of The Central Midfields Tomorrow


We’ve often said that Chief Scout Graham Carr is an important cog in the Newcastle United wheel.

Scott Parker – while he was at Newcastle

Graham has essentially assumed the position that Dennis Wise was supposed to do some years ago, but Graham is a good communicator and is part of the team under Alan Pardew.

One problem with Dennis was that in the reporting structure he was at the same level as then manager Kevin Keegan, and when both were appointed in January of 2008,  Kevin and Dennis reported to then Chairman Chris Mort.

Graham has spotted some top players for Newcastle in the short time he’s been Chief  Scout, and he brought Cheick Tiote to Newcastle, and was also responsible for bringing most of the players Newcastle signed in the summer, which is turning out to be one of the best transfer windows for Newcastle for a long time.

And maybe the best player Newcastle signed last summer was Yohan Cabaye, whom Graham scouted for a while when Yohan was at French Champions Lille.

And Lille is the only club Cabaye had ever played for,  before he joined Newcastle United in June, and it’s a deal that was sealed before the summer.

Alan Pardew had made a check on the player as well, once Graham had indicated that Yohan could be a good player for Newcastle.  And then somebody found out he had a release clause of just  €5M in his contract, which is what Newcastle signed him for – what a bargain!

Alan talked about Cabaye today:

“It only took one game, against Lyon, to watch him,”   We had obviously done a lot of scouting prior to that. He was very much in our sights before I arrived, mainly from Chief  Scout Graham Carr.”

“But when I saw him just that once, and just looking at his stats, I said ‘This is a player and we will be very fortunate to sign him’. I felt we would have a bit more competition than we did so it was a surprise, yeah to have a clear run.”

“And he has just reinforced what we thought. But I do think he has had a couple of disappointing games for us so I don’t think you can put that signing-of-the-season tag on him at all.”

“He has taken a little bit of adjusting to the Premier League, especially against the aggressive teams, those teams that are in your face like Wolves and Sunderland.” “Spurs are not that type of team.”

“They will let you have possession and if you give him it, he is going to hurt you. This is a different type of game and I think Spurs is a good game for him and one he will do well in.” 

Yohan has had a couple of games where he didn’t show through, but in general he’s been in good form for most of the season, but no doubt Pardew is letting the Frenchman know that he must be consistent in the English Premier League.

Cabaye will be up against another former Newcastle central midfielder and captain, in Scott Parker, and the England International seems to have come into top form, having turned 31 years of age on Thursday.

For the record Scott played 73 times with 7 goals for Newcastle in his two seasons on Tyneside from June, 2005 until July, 2007.

And notice how that compares with Joey Barton’s record of 84 appearances and 8 goals,  when he was at Newcastle for four seasons, twice the time Scotty was at Newcastle, and that’s because of all the injuries Joey sustained at Newcastle.

And it’s interesting to note that Sam Allardyce brought Joey in from Manchester City, to replace Parker who was sold to West Ham United.

Yohan Cabaye talked about how he likes to play the game:

“My game is to get around the pitch and help my team-mates as much as possible. I enjoy being on the ball the most but if we haven’t got it it’s part of my job to chase it down.”

“I have my own style of play and I’ve always played like that. I have my own rhythm and repetition of effort.”

“My style is always to be involved in the action and receiving the ball and if people think that is a little bit like Scott Parker that is good, because he is a good player.”

It will be quite a battle in the middle of the park tomorrow, with Modric and Parker up against Tiote and Cabaye, and whoever wins that central midfield battle, will probably go on to win the game for their side.

We are hoping that will be Tiote and Cabaye,  and Newcastle can get all 3 points tomorrow afternoon.

Comments welcome.



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17 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 15, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #1

    tiote to tear apart parker again

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  • Dannyo

    Oct 15, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    @Indian Magpie
    Couldn’t agree more, And Cabaye to show Modric that Cabaye is the one worth £30 mill and Modric worth £4,5 mill 😛

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  • Indian Magpie

    Oct 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    @ danyo

    I think Modric is overrated

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  • ross armstrong

    Oct 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #4

    first of all good luck edd with your therapy mate!

    my team for tomorrow

    krul
    simp col taylor raylor
    ober tiote cab gutierez
    best ba

    subs ( best bench ive seen in a long time at newcastle)
    elliott
    ferguson
    gosling
    benny
    marveaux
    abeid
    shola

    i think to start off as 2 up front and if spurs start pressing hard take either ba or best off and fill the midfield with benny or marv

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  • Dude

    Oct 15, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #5

    anyone got a decent link for tomorrows game ? stuck in tokyo and the hotel isnt showing it, ta !

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Oct 15, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Ross @ 4:

    You,ve forgot Santon! If it looks like Raylor can,t hack it against Bale Santon might be needed!

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  • hrocks

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #7

    just picking up on the blog after a week in hospital and the mad thing is no one can pick our best starting 11. we can only agree on krul, colo,saylor,cabaye and tiote. its a far cry from last season when the team picked itself.
    we have 2 strikers scoring with hba breathing down there neck. guti and oba doing there jobs with marveaux pushing them. the full backs working hard with santon being a big option to come in.
    we have guthrie whos neat and tidy, gosling who i hope will live up to his early form at everton and abeid although raw looks to be a player.
    ive not even mentioned the ameobis or ferguson. if we get 3 players in jan we might just have a squad.
    its nice to be a fan this season

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  • LewSpi

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Santon simply has to start tomorrow. Massive credit to Raylor for filling in and doing an excellent job, but if you look at who we’ve played, with the exception of Arsenal, they’ve all been second rate teams tbf. I just don’t think Raylor has the pace or experience in this position to face the Spurs wingers. Not remember when we first signed Santon and were posting YouTube videos of him where he had CRonaldo in his back pocket? He simply needs to start, crucial.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #9

    The most daunting test for our weakest link which is the fullbacks area tomorrow. Lennon and Bale is going to give our fullbacks a torrid time. Simson and Raylor have to be in the top top of their game for the whole 90mins.

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  • colwell

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #11

    This is the game for HBA everyone said Wolves wasn`t because of their style but Spurs is perfect for him.

    We need 5 in the middle, if Spurs play 5 in the middle and we have 4 we`ll get hammered. QPR played 5 against our 4 and that was easily our worst performance so far, Spurs aren`t going to need 100 chance like QPR do.

    Playing Raylor against Lennon isn`t even worth the risk. After Lennon has ripped Raylor to pieces and Santon comes on it will probably be too late.

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  • colwell

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    Santon has played Spurs before and Lennon, Santon nearly scored aswell just past the post.

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  • toonthompson

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

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  • toonthompson

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    santon vs spurs

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  • Jarra

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Be brave Alan Pardew, go with your head play the best team for this match and for me the threats in midfield. Therefore don’t wait till its broken see the changes that should be made to enhance our chance of a win. For me Santon HBA must play in a 4 – 2 – 3- 1 formation. Yes I would agree with the many other comments between us all we can not pick the same 11 so from that alone there is many positives this season. That might well change when we see the full potential of HBA and Santon. But yes great start and looking forward to the season as it unfolds. HWTL. PS Gutted Carroll not playing love to see him flop on the box.

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  • Hebburn Mag

    Oct 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Its great to see the club actually moving forward.. according to the official website Peter Beardsley has been appointed in the role of Youth Development. And the accademy manager has been promoted to Reserve team manager. Its always good to have ex players brought back in to the club to fill specific roles such as coaching&development as they know the club and know what it is all about. Would love to see Shearer brought in to take the role of striker coach aha rekon he could teach them a few tricks. Nice to see we are turning into the old Arsenal of the North with bringing youth through the only difference is we are getting better whereas Arsenal aren’t.

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  • RobertLeeNo.7

    Oct 15, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #17

    This game will be won on wether we stop there wide players creating. I worry as they way more end product than ours. They will have parker on cabaye and tiote will be on modric so if we played ben arfa he’d be left to float in them gaps parker would have to pick up leaving cabaye free. Let those 2 play round parker modric doesnt track back. Then use our width to stifle theres. Game. Set. Match. I hope.

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