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!!