Yohan Cabaye has started his Newcastle career in great style, and he has now played 16 times for the Magpies with two great goals.
Yohan Cabaye - done well at Newcastle
The bubble seems to have bust on Saturday, not because we lost 3-0 to Chelsea, but because we have lost Steven Taylor for the season with a serious Achilles injury ,and Steven’s been one of our very best players.
Such is the paper thin nature of the Newcastle squad that James Perch will come in on Saturday for Steven, but who will partner him at the back is still a good question.
Yohan Cabaye is still upbeat though, and expects Newcastle to keep flying high, as he talked to the local press today:
“This team here has integrated very quickly – but there is a long way to go and we can only improve and grow together.”
“That we settled in so quickly was good for myself, Demba Ba, Gabby Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa and Mehdi Abeid, not forgetting Slyvain Marveaux.”
“It has been good for us, but we came here because we wanted to do well for Newcastle and help the club move forwards.” “It is important we stay near the top of the Premier League.”
“There are a lot of games coming up now which we can win.” “The team spirit is still good here and by staying near the top five or six means it stays good.”
“I came to England with Lille to play Manchester United in the Champions League a few years ago.” “I did not get on, but it gave me the buzz of the big English grounds.”
“Now I am getting this each week – I am delighted.” “There have been two or three tough games and we have been able to see what we can do.”
“Every game we go into, we go in for the win and to help the team climb the league.”
Those are good words from Yohan, and they go well with the positive statements made by veteran Shola Ameobi yesterday, and Shola looked very sharp on Saturday when he came on.
So while the situation is not good at Newcastle at the moment, the players still seem to be upbeat and positive - and that has to be good.
And while Newcastle have slipped from third position in the league over the last three games, in which they have picked up just one point, the lads are still in 6th position on 26 points from 14 games, which is a very good record.
And with Liverpool managing somehow to lose at Craven Cottage on Monday night, the Magpies are still 3 points ahead of the Reds, and we didn’t spend £100M on players this year either.
One weakness Newcastle have is while the lads have conceded only 15 goals, we have scored only 19, and every side above us in the league have scored at least 10 more goals.
That’s one reasons we expect Mobido Maiga to come in very early in January, although the big problem with Newcastle right now is a lack of defensive cover.
It will be very interesting to see how the Newcastle Board help Alan Pardew next month to strengthen the side.