Yohan Cabaye A Great Example For Newcastle’s New Players

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.

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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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144 comments so far

  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 6, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    I personally didn’t like Mbiwa’s comments about him using us as a stepping stone basically. Little premature in his career for such things to be said.

    I do rate him very highly however, I suppose it’s only natural that the best want to play at the best and quite frankly – we aren’t the best!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 6, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Carrying…Currently we are not, but maybe we can grow along with some of our players ambitions? Here’s hoping.

  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #3


    That’s the plan my friend, I can understand what he’s saying and I genuinely think we are building nonetheless – however it’s just a bit of a kick in the teeth, even though I realise our stature, that players use the club in that way.

    Part and parcel of football but doesn’t mean I like to hear it! haha.

  • Assam Toon

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    bleacher report predicts 2-0 to anzhi. are they that good? i have hardly seen a positive prediction. we play players of eto’o or traore’s level in EPL too… so i dont think its that big a deal. Although other factors like weather and turf may effect us.

  • Lachu

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #5

    French Champion LITTLE , ha ha , ed go get some sleep:)

  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #6


    Debuchy and Gouffran are huge losses, plus Ben Arfa wont start. The inject so much pace and drive in to the side. Shola needs to have a good game in Cisse’s absence. Tiote must break up the play of some of the competition’s best playmaking players… there’s a lot against us.

    Put it this way, we have 10 Europa goals, they have 26. They’re no mugs.

  • Lachu

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #7

    I m worried abt the Stoke game to , cos distance also come into consideration , its 1200 miles trip

  • check the toastie

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #8

    We seriously lack pace without Goofy in attack, personally would play Obertan up front instead of Shola, Newcastle is the only PL club Shola would be considered good enough for, its a shame as hes a nice lad, however should only be used as an impact sub, and really even in that respect we should be able to do something different than just loaf the ball onto his head. Desperate tactic that one.

  • check the toastie

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Stoke are shit we should beat them comfortably with the team we have, no excuses for me. The players are pampered when they travel, if we just impose ourselves on Stoke we should rip them a new one.

  • TheToonKing

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Where is Gouffran and Cisse from the Anzhi squad ? Why is Pardew not taking them ? Not liking it at all…

  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Gouffran ineligible
    Cisse ill


    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #12

    im hoping for a team such as this tonight

    simpson saylor mbiwa haidara
    ………….anita perch tiote……….

    hopefully we will bring on ben arfa, Campbell and obertan in the 2nd half to bring fresh pace onto the pitch

  • TheToonKing

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Right …forgot about Gouffran ineligible…

    Without them 2 I think we have no chance….wouldn’t fancy us with them either to be honest…

    Shola vs Eto’o….this gun’ be good… 🙁

  • Rainrix

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Omg whuts pardew doing leaving cisse out when he’s ill. Mans clueless pardew out!

    Also wtf is gouffran doing making himself inelligible by playing for bordeux when it was obv we were going in for him in january. Sell him to wigan for £500.


    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #15

    @toon king
    apart from it wont be shola vs eto’o though will it?
    they are both strikers remember
    its most likely to be eto’o vs saylor and mbiwa,
    and shola vs ewerton and joao carlos 😉

  • Pushy Pardew

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Pardew out !
    La- da,da,da,da,da,da. Talking ” bout you and me and the games people play”.

  • TheToonKing

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #17




    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #18

    lmao, I knew what you meant I was just being ‘logical’ 🙂


    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #19

    I must admit,im not looking forward to the possible midfield battle
    anita and tiote vs willian and lassana diarra
    sissoko and marveaux vs zhirkov and boussoufa

  • Carryingcoals

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #20

    My thoughts on tomorrow, lineup, style of play, personnel etc… Have a look 🙂


  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #21

    pushy @16

  • TheToonKing

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #22

    With Debuchy, Jonas,Ciss and Gouffran missing (4 starters) , Ben Arfa barely fit I’m just hoping we don’t get battered.

    Boussoufa, Eto’o, Traore are incredible players. Everybody will need to have a blinder especially the boys coming in Marveux, Anita, Shola, Haidara…. fingers crossed.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #23

    No it’s Joe South !

  • check the toastie

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Some real pessemistic views on the game today, we playing Barcelona or something, think we will get beat by a goal, 2nd leg all to play for, will be painful to watch as usual though.

  • robin

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Mbwia, Sissoko, Cabaye, HBA, all realise they won’t win anything under the worst manager in top flight football Pardew, thats why they’ll move on. These players are born winners they are not used to battling relegation unlike Pardew, to whom failure is a way of life. Make no mistake these players use NUFC, as a way into the Premier league and to further their careers.


    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #26

    I think going into tomorrows game vs anzhi,
    they key objective to getting at least a draw is winning the battles in midfield.
    If we play 3 central based midfielders at once ( example : anita, tiote, perch)
    , we could have tiote and perch sitting infront of the back 4, to deny players such as willian and boussoufa to have the time and space to attempt a shot on goal, whilst a more advanced anita can look to feed the counter attacks to the wider players ( marveaux and sissoko ).
    If marveaux and sissoko are fielded onto the wider areas, they have the ability to run at the defence with their pace and skill, whilst the main target man ( shola ) could look to hold up play, to bring the likes of marveaux, sissoko, anita and wing backs into more attacking positions.
    I personally think that our defence can handle the obvious main man for anzhi ( eto’o ), as most of us would have already seen in his earlier years at RCD Mallorca, when a certain Mr steven taylor helped contain the man himself then.
    im hoping Elliot has another solid game tomorrow aswell, and if he is made to work then he can deal with any possible threats.
    Howay The Lads!!!!!!!

  • IPToon

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #27

    ————————– Elliott ————————
    Santon ——— Taylor —- Mbiwa ——- Haidara
    ——————- Anita —- Cabaye —————–
    Obertan ————- Sissoko ———— Marveaux
    ———————— Shola ————————–

    Thats got 7-0 win all over it. If Ben Arfa is fit to play in place of Obertan, or even come on for 30mins in his place, possibly 8 or 9-0.

  • davybtoon

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Anzhi are ok but nothing special if any watched thm v Liverpool they know we have nothing to fear, and why are ppl wanting to put Simpson up against Willian

    Team should be
    Santon Taylor mbiwa hiadara
    Cabaye tiote
    Anita sissoko marveux

    As players using us a stepping stone it’s nothing new been happening through most the clubs history we aren’t as big as some fans would think we are

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #29

    pushy @23 -very good. I thought I would catch you out with that one.
    Some people like the Joe South version of Hush (well he wrote it) more than Deep Purples’ version. They are all good. Back end of the sixties- were good times.
    See Joe South died of a heart attack last year.

  • Pushy Pardew

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #30

    Please don’t waste your time trying to ingratiate yourself with me. It was not only Ian Toon who lost all respect for you!

  • pawl250

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #31

    My team for tomorrow……

    ——————— Elliot ——————–
    Santon — STayor — Mbiwa — Haidara
    ————— Anita – Tiote —————-
    —— Sissoko – Cabaye – Jonas ——–
    ——————– Shola ——————–

    Subs – Alnwick, Simpson, Williamson, Obertan, Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Campbell

    Think thats our best team for me personally I think we need to look more on the defence instead of attack. Jonas adds the security we need, and certainly will work into the ground for the team when Marveaux wont.

    Prepare yourself its going to be hoof ball galore!!

  • davybtoon

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Joan’s hasn’t travelled n we won’t play hoof ball on a plastic pitch


    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #33

    where are people getting the idea that Jonas is going, as I have just been on the nufc website and it says they haven’t included him in the squad travelling to Moscow??
    some one enlighten me for crying out loud

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #34

    To be honest I will be happy as long as we still have everything to play for in the 2nd leg. I think we will struggle more to adapt to the conditions then the opposition. Both teams have good players, otherwise we wouldn’t be here, and as for people not being happy Shola will be our option up top, he scored the only goal to get us here in the last round….

    Anyway, making my first trip back to the UK since last summer, already got tickets sorted for the home leg and Stoke on Sunday! Can’t wait!! I have Busker “Home Newcastle” going round my head!!

  • davybtoon

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #35

    Jonas hasn’t travelled neither has cisse

  • pawl250

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Just realised that so here is my shuffle…. Also we will play hoof plastic or no plastic you may aswell accept it now or be disappointed.

    ——————– Elliot——————–
    Santon – STaylor – Mbiwa – Haidara
    ————- Tiote — Perch ————–
    —- Sissoko — Cabaye — Anita ——
    ——————- Shola ——————-

    Subs: Alnwick, Simpson, Bigirmana, Gosling, Obertan, Arfa, Campbell

    Pretty weak bench if you ask me but didnt realise the squad had already be announced.

  • raj of hailsley

    Mar 6, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh goodness gracious,today we are having the carl impersonating Pushy,this is oh so very confusing me,I’m thinking JfA is the only one making sensible postings on here.


    Mar 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #38

    this would be my perfect formation with the players that we have took if it wasn’t worrying about match fitness






    Sissoko playing right behind Shola as a CF not CAM

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Mar 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #39

    @ Pawl

    I take it you don’t rate Marveaux then ? .

    My team would be






  • martoon

    Mar 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #40

    Anzhi are a good team but I would say no better that the top premiership teams so there is nothng to fear if we play well. I would consider a draw or getting beat by the odd goal (especially if we get an away goal) to be an excellent result considering the travelling, personel, climate & plastic pitch.


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