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Yesterday Was One Of Many French Days To Come At Newcastle

10:15 am, Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

Under Alan Pardew Newcastle started to have various days each week where they celebrate the countries of some of their players  at the Benton Training ground,  and yesterday was French Day – and with so many French players in the squad, there will be many more French days at Newcastle in the future.

french day at newcastle

Sammy Ameobi tweeted this shot of the Newcastle cafeteria yesterday
Is that Cabaye looking at the menu?


Newcastle brought in five new French players in January, and three of them were full French Internationals, such was their quality.

At the end of this very successful transfer window for Newcastle – this is what Alan Pardew told the press today:

“I think the most important thing for us is to secure our status and when you look at the squad in the summer, you will think it looks healthy.” “The problem we’ve had here is an unhealthy squad in terms of the capping we’ve had. Too many injures, not enough numbers. But the numbers are much better now.”

“It’s important to understand the culture and when you have such a big percentage of your squad from one nation.”“We actually had the French versus the rest of the world, which was an interesting game. They got Les Miserables today. But they looked a little bit tired from the other night, they will want a bit of revenge.”

“It’s important they integrate (them) into the club very quickly. Nothing integrates better than a win, trust me.” “The chef is just showing off really, we’ve had scallops and everything! If we have dodgy bellies tomorrow he’s going to get it!” “No, it’s important to understand the culture and when you have such a big percentage of your squad – 41 per cent – French.”

It seems like the French players were hammered 5-0 yesterday in that game against the Rest of the World, and they laid on French food and had the cafeteria draped with French flags on French day.

Note to the Newcastle chef – Bastille Day is July 14th.

And the only real surprise in the transfer window happened yesterday when top-rated Kevin Mbabu was signed form Swiss club Servette – and he isn’t French. :D

There have been criticisms in some quarters that we have too many French players – but when they are as good as some of the players we have – and they are completely committed to Newcastle United – we’ll take the criticism – they’re all very welcome at Newcastle United.

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Im in the minority then.

    For me Ba never played with any loyalty to the shirt, he was only ever interested in keeping himself in the shop window. Im happy for the performances and the goals but at the same time he disrespected the club, disrespected the fans, and was a very selfish individual when it came to putting the team first. From the day he started to do well he had one leg out the door.

    I havnt forgot about his tweets either, every window, and how coy he was in saying how happy he was while he had his agents floating all over europe wanting his double wages. Not to mention the timing of his departure. The bloke was a snake and the club only benefitted because he was so desperate to get out. This is the truth.

    Sorry Demba, but if you treat my club like that, you treat me like that.

    You wont get a welcome from me.

  • 2 JAMSHA // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    xisco gone… didnt see that…. an ranger still hea wtf

  • 3 SuperShearer // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    We signed Ba on a free, he scored goals for us, was key for us last season and did a solid job. However, Toon-Prodigy is right; he played for himself, often shot when he could have passed. Grateful to what he did here but never felt any huge affiliation to him. Not like Cabaye who you feel wants to be here, wants to play well and wants to see the teams succeed.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Transfer,Was just getting a bit sick and had that feeling of frustration that ruined last summer for me and didn’t want to let it spoil my holiday, plus I felt as though I had nothing constructive to say so I felt a break was needed, good to back though and a really good window but as Rowan M said on the last thread slightky over shadowed by how weak we are up top and what looks like being willing to spend 10M on the striker we wanted but not 12M, yet again gambling that Cisse ala Collo/STaylor will stay fit.

  • 5 AmericanMagpie // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Cabaye? Looks like Marveaux

  • 6 croftus5678 // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    self motivation its what makes the great players great !

    if messi was asked to play in goal for half a season (weather he could do a job there or not) it would not matter as he knows where he is best played and that he’s better for the team in that position (same as ba) take cisse/ba last half of last season and compare it to ba/cisse this season ! as a joint goal tally it was great the only difference was ba was scoring and not cisse this time in a ream with not as much creativity (players out from last season).

    its only because we have our hearts set on the number 9 and do not want him to fail that we tend to look past what is actually happening.

  • 7 rainrix // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I think with ba we all pretty much knew what was coming from day 1 really. He left west ham rather ruthlessly with that clause and then in last january we learnt of his current clause. Summer would’ve been the best time to get rid of him.

    I think at the end of the day we all knew he’d jump ship the second a decent offer came for him. So really we got more than our value for money and he always tried his hardest when he was on the pitch, albeit he was greedy.

    2mil max expenditure 1 1/2 year of consistent goalscoring and a 5 mil profit at the end of it. I think its hard to be too bitter, he left in a bad way but it was hardly surprising either.

  • 8 saxonfenken // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    We missed one French target in the window, A Cordon Bleu Chef from Paris

  • 9 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Im not clapping and cheering for someone who behaved like that for NUFC. Not a hope.

    I hope sissoko goes straight through him within the first 5 minutes.

    Welcome back to ST JAMES Demba!

  • 10 yorkymag // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Jail
    Nice to Hear from you

    I think we will see a much more advanced benny in a couple of weeks now the squad is enhanced and I think it will be great to see him and Cisse up top also not the answer by any means but the Mackems slayer is great as a sub and Adam Campbell trust me is going to be star

  • 11 TorqToon // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Given that we finished top of the January transfer window, spenders chart – yet none of our signings (including 3 current France internationals!) didn’t make the top 4 most expensive signings of the widow – just shows how great our business was!

    Sturridge, samba, ballotelli, monreal….!!

  • 12 Beattie25 // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Demba Ba will not receive a warm welcome from me.

    The fact that he scored so many goals this season was down to greed, selfishness and individuality.

    Everytime he got the ball he wanted to shoot. 40 yards or 6 yards.

    He signed because we gave him the best contract, he refused to sign a new one to give him leverage to move when he wanted and he exclaimed that he had ‘made it’ when Chelsea gave him more money.

    Not once did he say ‘I moved to Chelsea to win trophies’. He said ‘it’ll be easier to score with world class players’.

    The man is the epitome of modern football and the greed that surrounds it. Ever since Hoffenheim he has been dreaming of the big pay day.

    I can guarantee that for him playing at NUFC and not competing for trophies at 100k a week and playing at Chelsea and competiting for trophies on 90k a week wouldn’t be a hard choice, he’d go for the extra 10k at NUFC.

    Every good player will leave good memories of good performances, but it is their legacy that ultimately dictates the success of their time on Tyneside. What has Demba Ba left us other than a void to fill and a few good performances.

    Why is he deserving of acclaim?

  • 13 Assam Toon // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Guys in my mother tongue Assamese, the slang for “murmur” is “boo boo ba ba”. so to all of u who are going to St James’, please make sure you do a lot of boo boo ba ba…
    Although I am a bit of a pessimist, but even i don’t see us losing tomorrow…HTL!

  • 14 geordiesteve520 // Feb 1, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    In my most ‘negative’ tone – for pete’s sake Ed will you stop bloody speculating! Nowhere in that article does it mention anything about there being the promise of more French days to come! You’re just buiilding us up to knock us down again!!! ;) :p




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