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.