Yohan Cabaye could well be the Newcastle captain next season, if Fabricio Coloccini returns to Argentina in the summer, and he captained Newcastle for the first time in our 1-0 defeat at Swansea on Saturday.
Yohan Cabaye – after scoring penalty against Southampton
But with Aston Villa losing 1-0 at home Newcastle are now six points above Wigan and Villa, seven points above Reading and ten points above bottom placed QPR – and we have a much better goal difference than all four clubs at the bottom of the league table.
So if we can win on Sunday at home to Stoke and then away at Wigan in our next two league games we should be in excellent shape to avoid relegation.
Yohan Cabaye has been interviewed by Sky Sports and he talks about two of his fellow players – Moussa Sissoko, his french team-mate and Papiss Cisse:
“I love to score, I love good football, every time I can score or we can win the game, it’s the best feeling I can have in my life.” “It is really important to make sure we speak English with everyone even when a French player is next to us.”
“So sometimes the manager just passes next to us and says you have to speak English here, it’s very important”. “Moussa Sissoko is fantastic, very good. Good energy, good technique, he can score and deliver assists as well. “
“Cisse can do really good things every game on the pitch but he has to be right in his mind to keep focus on the pitch, on the ball.” “But this is football, sometimes you can play for the top places at the top level and sometimes you have to fight for relegation.”
“For me it’s the first time but I think it is really good for the experience”.
It’s good that Alan Pardew has given the captaincy to Yohan in Coloccini’s absence, as that may be something that will keep him at Newcastle when the bids come in for him over the summer transfer window.
It’s almost certain that both Manchester United and Arsenal will launch bids for a player who has shown himself to be one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League over the last couple of seasons.
If only we can keep our best players this summer – we’ll have a terrific squad for next season – and we should be challenging again for the top six.
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