Yohan Cabaye may not see any action tonight against FC Braga, although manager Alan Pardew says he doesn’t really need much playing time, so he must have been showing up well in training.
Yohan Cabaye – may not play tonight against FC Braga
This is what Pardew told the Evening Chronicle after the game last night:
“I might give Yohan 10 minutes. It depends on the mood of the game. If it’s a calm game, I’ll stick him out there, but he doesn’t really need it.” “It’s just about letting him have a little taste.”
“Gael and Mehdi were good tonight, and Haris” “In that midfield area, we gave as good as we got against a top European side. They can be very proud of themselves.”
Certainly the Newcastle youngsters again showed up well but we thought that Haris Vuckic was again a little inconsistent, but there’s no doubt the lad has tremendous skill on the ball.
For us Gael Bigirimana was the best player for Newcastle, and this lad looks just terrific for an 18 year-old – what’s he going to be like in a couple of years time.
And for us this is the way Newcastle can build up their squad in the next couple of years, by bringing in top young talent like Gael, and 19 year-old Australian Curtis Good from the Melbourne Heart, should be signing this week.
And the Chronicle is again reporting that Newcastle should have a new senior player through the door soon, but it’s gone from being the beginning of next week, to the end of last week.
That player is thought to be Mathieu Debuchy, who is very keen to join up with Yohan on Tyneside, and he will be a great signing for Newcastle – assuming we can finally get him through the door, and his capture certainly hasn’t been easy – I feel worn out. :D.
But we suppose it’s a case of all’s well that ends well – and that could sum up Newcastle’s transfer season on September 1st – given we can get our targets through the door by then, and also keep all our other players.
And Danny Simpson will play tonight – maybe in central defense with Fabricio Coloccini, and it remains to be seen if he is offered a future at Newcastle, should Debuchy come through the door.
We hope he stays and signs that new contract, to offer some competition at both full-back positions.
And mentioning full-backs, Davide Santon hasn’t looked too good in pre-season so far, but he’s probably just getting into the swing of things – we hope he’s getting into the swing of thing.
We really need a strong squad for next season, and hopefully we’ll not lose any more players this summer.
And finally Ben Arfa has reported back in on Tyneside, after he attended a French Football Federation hearing in Paris yesterday, when he only received a warning for his conduct in the dressing room, when he apparently argued with the then French manager Laurent Blanc.