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Pardew – Our French Players Are Simply Top Drawer

11:26 am, Monday, February 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

The new lads we’ve brought into the club  last month are good players – there’s no doubt about that – but one of the things that has been a really pleasant surprise is their immediate dedication to Newcastle, and the fact that all the new French lads seems to have stellar characters.

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Yohan Cabaye – don’t forget this lad had a blinder on Saturday too

And we have to wonder what Demba Ba thinks – after he suffered a terrible broken nose in the first half and couldn’t continue – but he will have witnessed the phenomenal scenes at St. James’ Park during and after the game  on Saturday  – and he could have become a long term Newcastle player, but went for the big money at Chelsea instead – which of course is his right.

Alan Pardew has talked about first watching Moussa Sissoko – who is now the Toast of the Toon after two fantastic performances in a Newcastle shirt – when he was at Toulouse:

“The game I first saw Moussa in was 14-16 months ago and I walked away that night wanting to get him there and then.” “I don’t want to say too much about him, because his performance speaks for itself and it doesn’t need me to give a sound-bite because he’s going to get enough headlines, but he’s just been like a giant, that’s all I can say, in training and in everything, the way he’s carried himself.

“He’s a real force of football. It’s only two games in and hopefully we’re saying the same thing in the summer, because those Chelsea players we came up against are top, top players – Oscar, Lampard, Mata.” “They’re fabulous players and we had players out there who looked every bit as good as them and that’s a great lift for us.”

“Yoan’s an established player, a French Under-21 player, look at his history and he’s always scored goals at big clubs in France.” “And, again, a really good character. Sometimes you don’t know exactly what you’re getting. Players tell you ‘Yes, he’s a good character, he’s this and that’”.

“We asked Cabaye what they’re like, but you never know until they walk in. And they’ve been outstanding. All of them who have come in, really nice characters.” “And one thing that’s important, that nobody has asked me about, was evident today: the stereotypical view that French players lack fight isn’t true.”

“We were 2-1 down today and up against it. We showed a bit of fight. So hopefully that buries that one.”

There’s no doubt that the French lads have guts, and they only add to the fantastic team spirit we seem to have in the Newcastle camp at the moment – and that’s after we lost 10 of our 13 league games in that terrible run of games that finally ended, after we were beaten 2-1 by Reading at home, just over two weeks ago.

Six points from the last two games is just what the doctor ordered, but we now have to see how we can win a tough game at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon – that’s all that matters now.

Wonder if Ben Arfa will be fit for that game? 😀

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37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonfield // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Ed hasn’t got time for a banner change – he’s too busy banging these articles out

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:32 AM



    What I would like to see is the champions league replaced with a league of say 8 teams. The best 8 in europe. Thats 16 games a season for those teams, not too much more than a successful champions league run.

    That way you get man utd v barca every year or real madrid vs juventus etc.

    Then have the europa league scrapped and play a champions league style tournament where the winner gets into the european league and the bottom team drops out.

  • 3 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Tbh if you think french people don’t have fight you’re a bit of a Tw@t. Has a pundit actually said that like? The french have actually been doing this warring business for a long time, plus they were on the arse end of a blitzkrieg.

    Why am i talking war? wheres the negativity damn it?!

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM


    It’s just a more modern sterotype I think. Famous for surrendering. But most french people I know are very loyal to their country and anything they follow/believe in and don’t take too kindly to that tag.

  • 5 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Hdavid… from last topic.

    I like the idea of a youth all star game as well, i’d be a great way to showcase young english talent. Although with all youth football theres the problem that its never going to get the same level of attention.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM


    That would be interesting. The only problem is that clubs wouldn’t want to release players for these games. They think of themselves not the fans, and if fairness when you spend 20mil+ and then huge wages you see why they want to keep them from any extra games.

    In america it works well as you have a draft system so a lot of these young players give 100% in those games as it’s their route into professional sport. Over here all good young players get signed up at some level.

  • 7 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Sage… I don’t blame them really its just veiled hate. A remnant of a dinosauric rivalry between us. Do the french stereotype us as much? I doubt it really.

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM


    We seem to be stereotyped a lot around the world. But it seems to vary vastly between good and bad.

  • 9 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    sage… I admit when i was thinking about it i had the draft system at the back of my mind. Tbh its never going to happen really i think. As i said what works for MURICA FCUK YEAH! Ahem what works for america wont work for us completely different sports and countries.

    Don’t they sort of have a play off in the msl as well? Thats a bit more understandable due to the size of the country.

  • 10 Jan Stavik // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Finally it’s fun to be a Newcastle supporter again! I’m pleased that Ashley finally realized the need of fresh blood, this should have happened half a year ago really. Bring on the Spuds!

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM


    Yeh. A lot of sports are split into east and west to cut down on travel as the country is massive.

    The draft works well but thats because highschool and college sports are huge over there and people go through that system instead of an academy system you have here.

    Both good systems, would love our school sports watched by 1000’s like in america but it wont happen here, totally different system.

  • 12 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    The surrendering stereotype is so wrong.

    Faced with overwhelming forces the French government had little choice.
    The resistance movement were so brave. Real fighters.

  • 13 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Sage… (I see we have 2 different convos going on here 🙂 )

    Most of the stereotyping we get doesn’t bother me, in fact it makes me laugh as we no its not true, Things like we’re all posh have bad teeth and say TALLY HO! every 2 seconds. The france one seems to be more offensive in my eyes than the ones we get .

  • 14 tweaked // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    ooooh with benny back soon i think we are gonna rattle spurs

  • 15 Imzky // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    IMO we have our best player still to come back – HBA.
    A front 3 of HBA – Cisse – Goofy will rip and destroy any defense in the league with ease. HWTL!

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM


    we seem to have managed to do that haha. should we start a 3rd?

    and yeh stereotypes don’t bother me as long as it is just a bit of fun. If people discriminate as a result of a stereotype it’s bad but for jokes I don’t mind.

  • 17 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Jonas… Yup i think people don’t realise how close germany came to european domination. Cant mock france for folding, the only country to withstand a blitzkrieg was russia and that was partially because they assembled the biggest defensive force ever seen

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:51 AM


    Exactly. The french are always a tough and nationalistic people. Respect for that.

  • 19 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Sage.. if you want lets see 🙂 , erm can we blame torq if we don’t get our targets from france now as he’s an official toon ambassador? he’s already failed with remy (in hindsight thank god!) Torq out!

  • 20 toonLYF // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    damn, i hope Loic Remy is okay; that’s such a blow to QPR’s survival chances. Man, they don’t deserve that at all…………

    hahahahahahahaha f off Arry, you MOUSS be gutted!

  • 21 Queensland Geordie // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Can not wait for Spurs!


  • 22 John Tudor // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    is remy out long term

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM


    Yes we can blame torq, and if he doesn’t up his work rate he has to go. We can move ibiza into that role, he’ll flash more than his keyring to targets, although that could hinder us.

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    john tudor

    reports he is out for 3 months

  • 25 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Hopefully lessons have been learned.

    There is a psychological element to running a successful sports team.
    Along with team spirit, momentum and ambition are also important factors.

    None of them appear in any columns of a balance sheet.

    Hopefully Mike Ashley got a buzz out of watching us win as the team performance was due to the impact of his buys. Although he does support Chelsea.

  • 26 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Did I hear something about a promotion?

    I could never step in to Torq’s shoes, have too much respect for him. Well, it depends how well you pay I suppose…

  • 27 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM


    it also depends on the size of his shoes

  • 28 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Jonas…I think he supports money and success first and foremost though.

  • 29 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    TS…Size is not important, well that’s what my mummy always said…

  • 30 rainrix // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Sage… Especially if we find dreamboat no 3 🙂 . Although actually i think him flashing could help us, they wont feel emasculated and will in fact assume ibiza is typical of a british male. They’d gladly swim over feeling like gods amongst men!

    Its fun when someone isn’t here to defend themselves! 🙂

  • 31 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    rainrix…”Its fun when someone isn’t here to defend themselves! ”

    Wonderful timing as always….I’m watching you.

  • 32 Transfer Sage // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:02 PM


    he’s here you fool….lets run to the next article

  • 33 Jonas's better than Messi // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Ibiza .. you don’t still live with her do you … that’s kinda creepy man

  • 34 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:08 PM


    “Said” would imply in the past.

    More to the point, having the ability to speak with ones mummy doesn’t mean you live with her.

    Check it out 🙂

  • 35 TorqToon // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Have to say, with all the talk lately being for Moussa Sissoko (and rightly so), just feel a mention should go out to Davide Santon.

    He has been superb last fortnight – and in reality, over the season, he rightly has been recalled into the Italy squad, he has come on leaps and bounds this past year or so and is becoming somebody who is a lynchpin in our side,

  • 36 last minute window lies // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Great banner ED !! 🙂

  • 37 shanghai fan // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    He’s gone, he’s not, now Demba’s nose is shot, Fabricio…. Fabricio!

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