Yohan Cabaye has been giving interviews today, as he tries to explain why he has not hit top form for Newcastle this season, and he points out this is the first time he has started a season after being involved in an International tournament over the summer.
Yohan Cabaye – in action against Aston Villa last time out
Yohan was not a regular starter for France when he first arrived at Newcastle in June of last year for around £4M from Lille, but his exploits last season in a black and white shirt quickly established the former Lille play-maker as a starter for France in central midfield.
This is what Cabaye had to say about his form and about being at Newcastle United:
“I’m very happy here, I’ve never thought any different. I’m very happy to play for Newcastle. It was hard straight after the Euros. I had four weeks holiday and it is the first time I’ve come back after a big international competition in my career.”
“I’ve felt really tired. It was a hard first season in England with all the games and no winter break. I’m working very hard at the moment to get fit, I want to play every game at full speed for 90 minutes and I will get there. That has been the big thing for me so far this season, but I’m very happy here.
“It has been difficult for me, I don’t want to make excuses, but I’m getting back to full fitness. I will work more, rest better between games and I will be fine.” “The spirit is just as strong as it was last season,” “We will have to be stronger mentally this season.”
“We surprised people last season when we finished fifth. This year is different, every team knows what we can do on the pitch and we are a target.” “We are going to have to be better this season to keep going. The right mentality is very important for us and I think we have that in the dressing room.”
“I can get better. I started against Tottenham and that was my first game after the Euros.” “I am late getting back to full fitness and sharpness compared to my team-mates. But I will not let my confidence suffer. I haven’t played as well as I would have liked so far, but I will keep working hard and my best form will come.”
“I’ve had one year in England and I think this will be a better season for me. I’m getting better with each game and I am giving my all to the team.
“I played better last season, I know that, but I will get there again when the fitness is there. Maybe I haven’t been fit enough to play 90 minutes so far, but I feel good.”
Those are good words from Yohan and should give the Newcastle fans a bit of an uplift, after an only mediocre start to this season – well at least compared to what the lads did last year.
After what seems a very long International break over the last two weeks, and only a mediocre draw in our last game, when we only drew 1-1 with Aston Villa, the lads head to Goodison Park tonight and we’re hoping we can take something out of a very tough match against an in-form Everton.
But Newcastle will go into this match with a game plan to get all 3 points – and a win is what we really need to lift the mood of Newcastle fans.
If our defense can keep tight, and Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse can recover their goal-scoring form of last year, and Yohan Cabaye can start playing like he did all of last season – we must stand a decent chance of winning the game.
And that would be just what the doctor ordered.
Howay The Lads!!
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