When Yohan Cabaye arrived on Tyneside last June, he had played only a couple of times for the France national side, but Newcastle fans still knew that this lad was a very good player, and a terrific buy at just €5M.
Yohan Cabaye – scored his first ever France goal against Ukraine
He was another of Graham Carr’s signings, and we just hope that other top players Newcastle are after this summer, his big pal Mathieu Debuchy in particular, understand just how far Cabaye has come in a short twelve months on Tyneside.
Yohan’s career has literally taken off at Newcastle, and he is now a regular starter for France, who seem to have recovered from their disasters in Sooth Africa at the World Cup, when then captain Patrice Evra led them on a strike from training – you talk about player power.
Newcastle have had Mathieu lined up for a while now, and he’s supposedly told Yohan that he wants to join Newcastle, but with his excellent displays for France recently, and especially against England, both Chelsea and Inter-Milan have been alerted to the lad, and may come after him, once the Euro 2012 Championships have completed.
Yohan also scored his first goal for France last Friday in France’s rather easy 2-0 win over host country Ukraine, and he had this to say to the press:
“Sometimes I cannot believe what has happened to me over the last 12 months. It has been incredible.” “To score a goal for my country at a major championship is something that I dreamed about. It was a great moment for me.”
“I had a fantastic season in England where I managed to settle into my new life at Newcastle, and I feel I have come out of it a much better player. So let’s see where we can go in the Euros because every game is different and difficult.”
“How did it feel to score? I felt great joy and also relief.” “Then you start thinking of your children, so I of course thought of my little daughter. I think these are special moments that will stay with you forever in your career.”
“But in the end what counts is the win for the team and I was just lucky enough to score.”
Good words from Yohan there, and we are still hoping, after a fantastic first year at the club, that he can persuade Mathieu Debuchy to join him, in the Tyneside revolution.
And at least if the French right-back arrives at Newcastle in a few weeks time, it’s because he wants to come, with other bigger clubs likely to be interested in signing him.
We can only wait and see, but it could still happen.
For the record, Cabaye has played for Newcastle 38 times with 5 goals and 9 assists, and he has 15 appearances for France with one goal.