Yohan Cabaye will miss the game on Wednesday night against WBA.
Yohan Cabaye – great capture by Newcastle
The French International picked up his 5th yellow card of the season on Saturday and will miss the game, but that will give a chance to somebody else against WBA.
Haris Vukic, Mehdi Abeid or Ben Arfa could all come into that attacking central midfield position, in place of Cabaye, on Wednesday evening.
There was a good interview in the Sunday Sun yesterday, where Yohan talked about when he first talked to Alan Pardew about possibly joining Newcastle United in the summer:
“The first time I met Alan Pardew I asked him ‘How do you want to play? What is the style?,” “He said ‘With you, it will change’. I told him I want to have the ball at my feet, I want to pass the ball, pass again.”
“It reassured me a lot to hear that the first time I met him. It was my first move since Lille and not to another French club so it was more difficult.” “I was pleased and relieved for him to say that.” ” I was reassured and I felt good.”
“I love the passing game. I love getting my foot on the ball, I love touching the ball. For me Xavi and Iniesta are the best – it is like they do not play the same game as us,”
“Last season I was focused on the ball and how many times I touched it.” “When I was 100 or over I was happy – when I was under 100 I was sad.”
“I want to touch the ball every minute I can. I want to find the very difficult pass, to maybe find the striker or Hatem or the wide player.” “It’s my job and I want to be focused on that.”
“For me the very difficult or beautiful pass – I like that.”
And there was a good piece of news in the Sunday Sun about when Arsene Wenger was looking for a central midfielder in late August, to replace the departed Cesc Fabregas.
And in a meeting the Arsenal manager had with his scouting team at that time, he asked why they hadn’t got him Yohan Cabaye of Lille? And the word from the Arsenal scouts was that he was supposed to be joining Real Madrid or Barcelona.
So rather than have the classy Cabaye at Arsenal, whom Wenger admires greatly, they had to make do with Mikel Arteta from Everton, whom they signed on August 31st for £10M.
And of course to make matters worse – he’s Spanish!
We’ll just point out that Newcastle got Cabaye for €5M, which is around £4.2M these days, and he’s better than Arteta.
We have every confidence in the new Newcastle scouting team under Graham Carr, and apparently Newcastle had already got Cabaye locked up way before the end of last season – and that’s what happens when you do your homework early.
And don’t be surprised if Newcastle bring in another six players next summer, to go with the couple they will likely get through the door next month, which we expect to be a striker and a center-back.
Things are looking up on Tyneside.