Cabaye May Not Play Tonight – New Player Expected Next Week


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.

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118 comments so far

  • indian

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • indian

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    what a privilege ….another Indian is carrying the torch ! where has Indian mag pie been btw?

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Besides Bigri and Romain, I heard Obertan had a really good game last night? Is that true? Would be well pleased if he was starting to show glimpses of his abilitiy last night. Don’t think its fair to right him off just yet… he is still an unrefined diamond and could turn out to be a brilliant player if he gets the confidence back~

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Repost:

    All this talk of trophies… everyone’s forgotten we won the Teresa Herrera trophy. Perhaps the biggest size of trophy : prestige of competition ratio in world sporting events … it dwarfs Colo and Nolan combined…

    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/715/bigasstrophy.jpg/

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Dreamboat is enough distraction for the other team sat on the bench.

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    to write him off just yet*

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    @indian
    No one knows and no one cares, he was an embarrasment to the blog.

    “New player expected by the end of next week”.
    Can u get any vaguer Lee?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #8

    Dannyo….As long as it’s Sch…I mean Debuchy, I’ll be a happy camper.

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #9

    Glad to see Dummett get some action… commented the other day about him seemingly disappearing after last seasons pre season in the US. I reckon he should go out on loan for atleast half a season. Start giving him first team experience in the lower leagues.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #10

    @JimmyM
    I know he was poor defending, but done very well going forward, was a big outlet for us last night, but still a ways to to when defending.

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #11

    @Ibiza

    Sch?

    Schumacher? We’re signing Michael Schumacher? What position does he play?

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #12

    WHAT? Does Pardew not know how much this trophy means?! Play our quarter back damnit

    Pardew out! Pardew out! Pardew out!

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Debuchery….TBH, I’d probably take Schumacher over the Sch… I meant 🙂

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #14

    On a serious note I agree with jimmymagpie Santons defending is lacking a lot imo (better than Raylor though)

    And on Vuckic I am starting to think he is overrated by many on here yes he has some class with the ball at his feet and if he is given time but he is slow, gets caught on the ball and for me he picks the wrong pass plus he is injured so often or am I being too harsh on the lad?

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #15

    Yo….It’s a clear message Yo’s being sold on Monday. Ashley and Pardew out!

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Aye Schumacher has pace. But isn’t he like 30+ already?

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    I always find it odd that some people think we will be bottom half if we keep willo and Simmo.
    Those are the players that helped get us 5th.

    Pretty much every goal scored in any game can be put down to a player not doing his job right. If people defended flawlessly there would be a lot of 0-0 and nobody would go to football.

    The reality is though we have to look at our best 11 and think what can we improve.

    I would say CB and full back should be the first areas to improve. Not to say what we have is bad, just it’s not as strong as other positions.

    I think Simmo comes in for a lot of stick. He is decent at defending but struggles going forward so some dub him to be useless.

    Santon is opposite, good going forward but not great defensively.

    Find it odd the argument put forward is that santon

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  • indian

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #18

    i am getting a bit anxious with the transfers …hopefully we can get the right players in…im stealing keeping faith .. ..i think bigi might actually start alongside tiote in a lot of games with cabaye as the acm …bigi did play 26 matches for seagulls …so he might be ready

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #19

    Find it odd the argument is Danton can improve defensively but at the same time people think it’s impossible or Simmo to improve offensively.

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #20

    The last two games I’ve seen Vuckic play in, he has been woeful. The friendly against Fenerbache and the Liverpool game were he was non existent.I Can’t really judge him on just two appearencances

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #21

    Debuchery…..Is he? I thought he would fit right in to our policy, young with re-sale potential?

    Either way, would rather him that Scharner.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #22

    Actually, I can’t lie like this. I’m just upset he hasn’t signed yet. Mike, where is Paul? We want him! Need him! Pull your finger out now.

    Right then, I’m off back to work. Have a good day one and all, will most likely catch you on here later unless I suddenly get a life – don’t fret to much on the chances of that 🙂

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  • WWYCD

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #23

    Ibiza
    Tbh mate I would consider celebrating a 3 way trophy win haha

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  • ~Debuchery on a Dreamboat~

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Oh Michael Schumacher is 43…

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  • Tommyy

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #25

    Rich_toonfan …. I’d say that argument is based on Simmo’s technical ability (or lack thereof) to allow him to become effective going forward. Santon already has great technical ability so just needs to work on timing of tackles, standing up etc.
    On Obertan, some of the things he does are good, couple of flicks and hidden passes, aswell as that little dinked cross were excellent. It’s just the majority of the time he never shows any purpose with the ball, he should be getting it attacking the goal but he sort of stop starts his way there then passes backward. Incredibly frustrating. I believe he has the technical ability but for whatever reason doesn’t have the mindset to be a footballer, and for that reason I believe he will never make it anywhere.

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  • lgnufc

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #26

    hey guys,
    just wondering what the chances are for getting a live stream of the braga game?
    cheers

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #27

    lgnufc

    100%. It’s live on ESPN mate. Just come on here at about half 8, they’ll be links.

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  • lgnufc

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #28

    ok sounds good. cheers

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  • rich_toonfan

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #29

    @tommy

    You can work on technical things too though.

    Simmo could spend half an hour after training working on some pass and move stuff in getting down the wing and practise crossing on the run.

    I find football odd in general that it’s one of the few sports where top sides get training so wrong.

    Get so many injuries in training and there seems to be no balance between fitness and technique.

    I play a lot of cricket and if you struggle at one thing you might work on a certain shot or say types of catching in training to implement it in a game.

    In football it’s almost like they say, this guy can’t cross and it’s just accepted throughout his career by the player and management

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #30

    Tommy

    A good sports psychologist would sort out Gabby.
    If he had the mindset but not the technical ability and speed then there would be no hope for him.

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  • Offkey

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #31

    @29 can you remember when Pardew did that radio interview and was asked whether he would get Jonas to do some extra crossing training……………….simple answer…….No

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #32

    ‘Technical ability’ seems to have become a buzz phrase with football fans now.

    Simpson has ‘technical ability’. He’s got good positioning, he times his tackles very well, he reads the game well, ans considering he spent the season with Obertan and HBA in front of him, he’s a bloody good defender.

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Two games in two days is making this weekend amazing. I didnt even know we were on tonight again, kinda ignorant i am! Ha

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  • leavemyarselona

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #34

    Tds he willingly invites opposition into the box though

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #35

    Yeah, that’s fair enough. On the other hand, Santon just lets them run straight past him (;

    Seriously though, yes he backs off a lot, but so do the majority of full backs. It’s the natural thing to do as a defender when you’ve got someone running at you.

    Go in for the challenge and there’s a chance you’ll miss and be cut out of the game all together.

    We were blessed with Enrique because he had probably the best timing of tackles I’ve ever seen at Newcastle.

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Oh Yohan! *swoon*

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #37

    TDS

    Now enrique I would have back in a heartbeat

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #38

    TDS

    When they talk about technical ability, I think they mean being comfortable with the ball at your feet and being able to pass it well. Not sure we could accuse simmo of that

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  • leavemyarselona

    Jul 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #39

    Tds yeah agree with enrique his desire to win ball and suceed was immense. Strength unreal,, fair enough fullbacks do that but i wouldnt say to the extent of simpson yes back off them but stay near aswell and dont give them any sort of oppurtunity he should no by now he invites them way to far.. But on other hand he has made sum important challenges and clearences so IMO i would say hes just your average joe haha tds just out of curiosity are you from newcastle area like or a southerner supporting newcastle

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Rich fan

    It’s funny though on some many pitches at almost every level in the UK before a game you will see a bloke out on the right wing putting deep crosses over. They would rather do that than getting some passing drills going. Also in Europe they will play training games and practice sessions with passive tackling, so as not to injure people.

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