Frenchman Now A Better Player At Newcastle

Yohan Cabaye has been an excellent buy for Newcastle, and he has formed a good partnership with Cheick Tiote in the middle of the park for the Magpies.

Cheick Tiote – I am stronger now

Since Cheick returned from his African Cup of Nations  duties and Yohan returned from his three match suspension for his violent play charge at Brighton, the two have only played together for a couple of games.

And they are not yet back to their best,  but we are hoping they will be at the Emirates tomorrow night, as they take on an in-form Arsenal side.

Danny Guthrie and James Perch did some duty in the middle of the park when they were away,  and Danny Guthrie in particular looked a good player, and we are hoping Newcastle will keep him at the club, since his four year deal runs out in June.

This is Cabaye’s first season in English football,  and he is still adjusting to the rigors of the English game, but it seems he loves playing alongside the Ivorian:

“Now there are 11 games and we hope to play together in all 11 games and help to win many of them to stay at the top of the league and get into the Europa League or maybe more.”

“Personally, I love playing next to Cheick. He understands football.” “He can play easily one and two-touch, he is a very, very good midfielder and he can get the ball up the field to the attackers.”

“For us, he is very good. For me and for the wide players, we can go forward and Cheick stays just in front of the back four.”

“I have learnt about the intensity in the game and to run, to attack, to defend. I am stronger now than at the start of the season.”

“The English game is more physical. The referee doesn’t whistle like in France, so you have to learn about that. You have to be very focused.”

The second half against Wolves was a little disappointing, and we lost two points in that game with a 2-2 draw after being 2-0 up, and we lost the central misfiled in that seocnd half, which was surprising with both Tiote and Cabaye in there.

And since then Wolves have lost their last two games since that time, conceding 7 goals and scoring none, so it was a poor result for Newcastle.

We are not expecting much out of the game tomorrow night at Arsenal, but it’s a chance for Newcastle to show the fans they are a good team, and both Tottenham and Liverpool were beaten yesterday.

In fact since Tottenham hammered Newcastle 5-0, they have lost their last three league games.

It would mean that a draw tomorrow night would now be a really good result, and to get that we’ll need to see Cabaye and Tiote near the top of their form.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Mar 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Expecting to see an even better Yohan Cabaye next season.
    Infact, i expect to see quite a few of our newest players better next season.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #2

    A day out at Flamingo land is definitely too good for Ashley.

  • Grafton83

    Mar 11, 2012 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Still cant believe he was singled out for that. 3 match ban when other players have no action taken against them.

  • Pardew's fist pump

    Mar 11, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    You’re not a better player, Pardew is ruining you.


    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #5

    The three match ban awarded to him after the fact was just laughable! And is just typical of how the F.A. goes about their business these days!

    If you would like to draw comparisons then look at the game against the Mackems last Sunday? If Cabayes three match ban was justified then there could of been bans for at least three or four players who took part in that game alone!

    As always there does,nt appear to be a level playing field when bans and cards are given out! Such a ban at a crucial time of the season handed out to such an influential player is like i already said laughable!

    But then we are used to double standards from the F.A. when it comes to the rules of the game! Some of the decisions made by the Referee,s in important games during the whole season,are just downright unfair!

    QPR were robbed yesterday when a goal was disallowed when the ball was a country mile over the line! We have a Billion pound industry and a lot of the officials are just unbelievably amateur ! Any official making a bad decision should be banished to a lower league where their
    bad decisions won,t have such a big impact on the success of the clubs who suffer from the unproffessional plying of their trade!

    Finally, the BBC and the Media carry some of the blame here! The press reports after the game seem to have a direct influence on any disciplinary decisions made after a game!

    For example, we all wanted to move on ( at least at NUFC ) after the game last week but after the Bitching for a few days in the press from a certain party, both clubs are now subject to disciplinary action from the F.A.!

    Not sure who the Ref is on Monday evening, heard rumours that it a certain Howard Webb is? He has,nt done us any favours in the past either! Watch this space! Would,nt be surprised if he does,nt influence the game with some of his decisions! Playing Arsenal will be difficult enough without a bias,d referee to worry about!

  • geoff777

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    The whole team seem to have lost their way.

    There were signs in October/November that were becoming a classy passing team keeping possession and building up play.

    That never materialised and we’ve been pretty awful since then.

    Would have taken our position and points total at the start of the season, but the style is disappointing.

    Cabaye has been poor since Christmas.

  • geordiesteve520

    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Just read an interesting snippet on the BBC site; apparently we pulled out of the deal to sign Gervinho when he started to send text messages during the contract negotiations.


    Mar 11, 2012 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #8


    Would,nt it be good if we could beat them with Gewrvinho in their team!

  • Colo-Sus

    Mar 12, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    If you look at us against Villa at the start of the season (away) and us recently, we are slower, more lethargic and we play less football.

    Cabaye was immense at the start of the season, but he looks slow and heavy footed recently.

    Come on Yohan son you rmy man crush…lets have a perfromance Dreamboat


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