French International Has Become A Top Player For Newcastle


Newcastle signed Yohan Cabye from French Champions Lille last season for €5M, which was the amount of the release clause in his contract.

Cabaye – after scoring first goal on Saturday against Stoke

The exchange rate in June of last year was around 1.12 – so that means Newcastle paid about £4.5M for the French International.

Newcastle now pay all their transfer fees up front in cool cash, and don’t spread the payments over several years as the club used to do in the past.

And when Mike Ashley took over the club in the summer of 2007, he found out that Newcastle still owed £38M for players, once then Chairman Chris Mort got sufficiently into the financial dealings of  the club – it was not a pretty picture.

And some of those players had already moved to other clubs, because they had not been successful on Tyneside.

Yohan  Cabaye has taken very quickly to the demands of the English Premier League, and has looked a very good goalscoring midfielder for the Magpies this season.

And he is currently a starter in the French National side, and likely to play against England in the first match of the European Championships in the Ukraine on June 11th.

Alan Pardew agrees that his midfield general has been in great form for Newcastle this season, and he was a terrific buy for the Tyneside club from Lille:

“He’s been outstanding. He won the double with Lille in France.”  “When you see French football, you’ve got to understand it’s a terrific level. And to win the league and cup double is massive.”

“When you’re a flair player in a team like that, it must set out the right message that he could probably cope with this division – and he has done exactly that.”

“It was Cabaye’s day against Stoke. Last week was Hatem’s day against Bolton. Before that, it was Cisse’s day.”  “I’m still waiting for Demba’s day, and I don’t think that’s far away.”

Cabaye had a terrific game against Stoke and before he was replaced by James Perch on the hour mark, he had scored two goals and made the other one,  with a fantastic through ball to Papiss Cisse.

We thought  Demba Ba had another good game on Saturday, although he didn’t score and did have a couple of chances during the game.

But this lad is a good footballer,  and he very rarely gives the ball away, and he seems to be working so well with both Papiss Cisse and the mercurial Ben Arfa up front.

We’re not much worried about Demba Ba,  and his goals will start flowing again – and hopefully before the end of the season.

Howay The Lads!!



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123 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #1

    I would leave my wife and children for this Dreamboat!!!!

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  • JackButler

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    Seems to have come into his own of late, he needs to play a freer role in order to be the creative force he was in France where he created more goals than anyone else

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  • bollance

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #3

    One thing i like about Cabaye is he limits the time oponents have on the ball

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  • bollance

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #4

    opponents

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree with JB – he has massivly improved over the past few weeks playing in that AM role as opposed to side-by-side with Tiote (where we wanted Benny originally)

    Jonas and Tiote in that holding role has gave Cabaye license to roam

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  • Jim@Goldspink

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    He has reaped the benefits of this new 4-3-3 system which he is what he was used to at Lille. Obviously he did a great job when we were playing 4-4-2 but in a three man central midfield partnership he seems to have more of a license and is able to control the game more. Fantastic signing, especially for less than 5 million! He could get in to both the Arsenal and Man United midfields with ease!

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  • Nufc-83

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Bollance i agree his closing down is excellent reminds me of how the barca team hassle opponents until they make a mistake and give away possesion.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #8

    The little Frenchmen is a model professional and must be a dream to manage, he also comes with no end of talent, the fact we can pick up current French internationals for 4.5 million is an embarrassment to how other clubs are now ran.

    We have regained the clubs soul with such signings as Cabaye, Ba, Tiote, Santon, Cisse, Marveuax and even Obertan, all gud pros who want to play football, rather than just wanting to be seen as a professional footballer. We are a model for how to run a football club, and it must be said we are currently indebted to Graham Carrs skill along with Pardew in spotting talent. This is the main criteria for being a gud manager, putting gud players on the pitch.

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  • niafron

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Bonjour messieurs.

    I’m totaly guted by this story about Chelsea wining the CPL and the fourth place…

    Is it confirmed?

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    Niafron…..If Chelsea win the final and finish outside the top 4, then the 4th place for CL will go to them, so we would need 3rd.

    If Chelsea do qualify this way, would they need to play the CL qualifier in August or do they go straight through to the group stages and 3rd place get’s the qualifier? Anyone know?

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  • JackButler

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    niafron – If they win the CL and we finish fourth then they take a CL spot and we take a Europa spot, no worries we’ll just have to finish in third 😉
    But with all the players Chelsea will have missing for the final can’t see them winning it

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  • JackButler

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Chelsea would still have to play the qualifying rounds

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #13

    JB…I know what you’re saying, however I didn’t see them getting a result against Barcelona over 2 legs either. Especially when they went down to 10 men. Showed some great spirit.

    Still, let’s hope they lose 🙂

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #14

    Thanks for the clarification JB. So let’s hope if they do win and steal out spot they lose in the qualifier. Bit petty perhaps?

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #15

    I supposed first we should just concentrate on getting 4th

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  • niafron

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #16

    Well, finishing fourth is a distinct possibility now, but third?

    First, nothing tell us Arsenal could lose points in his three remaining games, but even if they do, our own games are terribly difficult.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Spot on Niafron. I think we’ve reached a point where it’s too stressful on the brain to contemplate what position we can acheive and which European tournament that will qualify for. Back to one game at a time, which has served us well so far this season.

    Anymore updates in France with regard to Arfa and the French squad?

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #18

    If France dont want him we’ll have him.

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #19

    niafron, what do people in France think of Amaltifano?

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  • LooneyToon41

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Agree with most. It’s so difficult to predict Premier League results. Wigan have beaten Liverpool, ManU, and Arsenal in recent weeks. Hopefully Pards will realise that their threat is ‘having space’ high up the pitch.
    As for Cabaye, he’s a quality player in all sense of the word, even though he’s been getting grief on these boards over the last couple of months. He’s a French International ffs…..

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  • JackButler

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    niafron – I know that third is hoping for a bit much but after what we have done so far this season then anything is possible 🙂

    CODARM – If i remember correctly Liverpool had to go through the qualifying rounds after they won it and Everton finished in fourth

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    more motivation to push on for 3rd IMO!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Check – Would love Benny in the England team, would be class 🙂

    JB – Cheers once again.

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  • -Tendo-

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #24

    does anyone have the link to that ad blocker? when i refresh these pages it keeps sending me to world life expectancy.com and its getting really annoying now! Thanks

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  • JackButler

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #25

    I know that Chelsea were down to 10 men for 55 min last night but just 17% possession? Against Munich or a very, very good Madrid team who are flying at the moment surely their luck cannot last to see them lift the trophy? Can it?

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  • niafron

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #26

    Nothing new about Beny and the french squad. Blanc will give the names of the players around May 15.

    And people in France say nothing of amalfitano, cause, being a second division player, they barely know he exist.

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  • niafron

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #27

    @JB

    In one single game, everything could happen…

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  • chris_g

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Tendo – if you’re using Firefox you can download it from here:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Jack – i think chelsea will win CL and we will finish 6th, prepare for the worst and anything else is a bonus. Thats how i live my sad depressing life.

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  • JackButler

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #30

    niafron – I know mate, but it’s nice to be in this position and be able to dream of third, if anyone had said at the start of the season that there would be a chance, however slim that we could take third they’d have been taken away for being mad

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  • JackButler

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Come on Check, cheer up and enjoy what is a brilliant season for us 🙂

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  • -Tendo-

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #32

    nice one chris, that’s been driving me insane!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #33

    All I do know this drama is certainly a lot better than the drama that was predicted for us. The worst case scenario is 6th and Europa League…damn it all – why couldn’t I support an ambitious team?

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #34

    I think Check’s view is a smart one. Expect the minimum we can achieve and enjoy the ride.

    The statistics say that’s the way for a happy life

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #35

    Statistics say i lost 40 quid on betfair due to Torres scoring that last minute goal, and still havent shook myself out of this mini slump, hope Mo Diame (The new Viera – and Beatties lovechild) doesnt run amok this weekend. Hope Simmo backs up his statistics as well and doesnt get tortured off Remi Moses.

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  • Ian Magpie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Dont worry lads! I actually fancy Beyern Munich out of the three of them. If they get past Real tonight the final will be played in their stadium!!!! Chelsea will also have several first teamers out! If i was a betting man thats where my money would be! 4th will be fine.Trust me!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #37

    Check – This Torres goal is starting to wind me up a bit. They’re calling it the match winner when it wasn’t. Ramires scored the goal that put Chelsea through at 2-2 on an away goal. They’re just trying to justify his £50m transfer.

    Although, he did take it well and calmly…as you would expect a £50m Spanish international striker to do.

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  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Anyone else think our season is a bit like the film Moneyball, shaking up the top 4 with our questionable transfer policy. Great film btw

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #39

    My prediction for the weekend is a nice cosy 2-0 win, the only good thing about last nights result is that it makes our squad feel that only 3rd will do to qualify, if we aim for the stars and take 4th then the CL final will certainly be a gud watch, the only time in my life i will hope either Ronaldo or Robben have blinders.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #40

    And on Simmo for the weekend…the stats say is all mate – no need to worry, not for a second, he is the best RB in the league 🙂

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