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Newcastle now tend to play ina 4-4-2 system or with a withdrawn striker (Kevin Nolan, Ben Arfa) in a 4-4-1-1 system.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