Lots Of Work Went Into Yohan Cabaye Transfer

As we reported earlier this morning, Newcastle do lots and lots of information gathering and analysis for each transfer target.

Yohan Cabaye – after scoring first goal for Newcastle yesterday

And in the specific case of Yohan Cabaye, who got his first goal for the club yesterday, Newcastle had to reassure his agent Newcastle was the right move for him.

Yohan wanted a move from the only club he had ever played for, Lille,  and Newcastle had amassed information stretching back five years for the player.

And manager Alan Pardew was able to calm any fears his agent and the player had of signing for Newcastle, and of course Yohan has been a great success so far on Tyneside, and he’s quite a character too.

It turns out scouts linked with Newcastle have been watching Cabaye since back in 2006, and one thing that Newcastle were aware of with Cabaye is that he had never played in any system other than 4-3-3.

Newcastle now tend to play ina 4-4-2 system or with a withdrawn striker (Kevin Nolan, Ben Arfa) in a 4-4-1-1 system.

That was a concern Newcastle had with Cabaye, but Newcastle thought that Yohan had both the skills and the character to quickly adapt to a 4-4-2 system, which he seems to have done remarkably well.

And Newcastle do a lot of work in ensuring the characters of the players are right, and they speak with lots of people, including taxi drivers, who often get nuggets of information, when they ferry top football executives around and to and from airports.

And of course the players must want to come to Newcastle, and there will be no repeat of past failures, when players came to Newcastle simply for the high wages the club were willing to pay players who were way past their best.

Newcastle certainly seem to have done very well in the transfer market last summer, in retrospect, as all 7 players signed seem to have very good characters, and certainly all wanted to join Newcastle, without much of a second throught.

And that’s only one reason why the team spirit is so sky high at Newcastle these days, and why the lads were able to win yesterday, even though they didn’t play near their best.

Long may all of this continue!

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 23, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Loving the scouting system. NUFC as an organization has such good system and organizing to it now. It all feels proper and thought trough in several departements.
    Nothing happens by chance, it’s a controlled enviroment.
    Not everyone would be fussed by it, but if your personality is like mine, u’re loving it too 😉
    Several areas to improve ofc, but we’re getting somewhere and seem to have laid a great foundation.

    WWJBD, u out there mate?

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    My trousers are all torn, from climbing from one side of the fence to the other and back again. But it seems as if we have one of the best, if not the best, run clubs in England.

  • bosamuelson

    Oct 23, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3


    I love Pardew’s reaction to the questions at the end of this interview regarding transfers. Very strong in his answers. I think this shows good management. He knows what he’s doing…

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #4

    we ve got stoke and everton up next in the league ,is it a bit unrealistic to get 6 points because ithink we can alough id take a point against stoke coz that will be a tuff game ,but lets say we do do you think we could be top lol then 3 games against the big 3 if we get 4 points a win a draw n a loss like we got last year we could still be top in december and a nice run a games to january which we should win,if ashley spends 50 million we could challange, id get jemaine defoe and sebbabassong and that demba cisse ,with them additions we d surely challange for the title ,and if we fail we d surely get champions league so the 50 million would a surely paid for itself just a thought

  • Starnufc

    Oct 23, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #5

    u r an idiot did u not see city just beat the piss out of last years champion we have no chance!!! lets be honest a point good result at stoke and everton well i think we can beat them and cisse will be at the african cup so we dont want him and defoe and bassong definately dont ever start for tottenham so why would we want them

  • cupiddstunt

    Oct 23, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Starnufc agree 100%


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