27 year-old Yohan Cabaye is of Vietnamese descent, and when he joined Newcastle in June of 2010 for €5M from then French Champions Little, he had never played for the full France team, although he had played 16 times for the French U21 side and had played in all the other French Youth sides.
Yohan Cabaye – will captain Newcastle tomorrow night in Moscow
But on August 5th of 2010, Cabaye was called up to the senior team for the first time by new manager Laurent Blanc, for the friendly against Norway on 11th August 2010, and Yohan made his senior international debut in that match, by coming on as a substitute for Yann M’Vila.
Since then while playing at Newcastle, he has picked up another 19 full caps and is now one of France’s best players, and he was one of their stars in the European Championships last summer.
So Yohan Cabaye is a great example to our other new five Frenchmen, who have all come to Newcastle to improve themselves as players, and certainly Moussa Sissoko already looks like a future star of the English Premier League, in his 7 appearances so far for the Magpies.
Yohan has been interviewed today in the Shields Gazette and this is what he had to say:
“We’re proud of the tricolor flags, but we don’t forget we’re playing for an English team.” “We’re fighting for Newcastle. For us, it’s very good to play for Newcastle.”
“They are coming with a good mentality and spirit.” “They want to improve, and they can play for the team.” “In France, they have spoken about their choice, and they have a big motivation at Newcastle.”
“They want to show everybody they didn’t make a mistake to come to Newcastle.” “I want to play in more European games – this is a big competition for us.” “We want to give 100 per cent in the Europa League.”
With Newcastle being in relegation trouble after we were beaten at home 2-1 by Reading on 19th January, some people in France questioned the wisdom of their players joining Newcastle, but there seemed to be little doubt with the five Frenchmen who joined Newcastle - four in the week following our hapless game against Reading.
Yanga-Mbiwa, Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Massadio Haidara and Yoan Gouffran all joined Newcastle in January, and if they want to see what can happen to their careers on Tyneside – they need only look at what Yohan Cabaye has achieved at Newcastle in less than two years.
For the record Yohan has 60 appearances fro Newcastle with 10 goals and 10 assists – and he’s been an absolute stellar acquisition for Newcastle United.
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