tith Yohan Cabaye being responsible for getting his best pal Mathieu Debuchy to Newcastle in January, and also being influential in getting both Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko to Tyneside, we wonder who Yohan will be talking to Alan Pardew about – as the next Yohan Cabaye friend to arrive at Newcastle.
Yohan Cabaye – influential in getting his “friends” to Newcastle
Just to review what Mathieu Debuchy had said about Yohan’s influence last month, after he had just signed on at Newcastle – this is what the right-back said:
“My relationship with Yohan, it’s true, goes back a long, long time to when we first played together as kids.” ”He has been a big help and I will be living with him here until I get myself sorted out.” “It’s a real plus that he is here and hopefully, he will help me settle quicker.” “Yohan and I have spoken a lot about Newcastle. It has been a regular topic of conversation, particularly during the Euros.”
“We were together for three weeks and he talked about the club all the time. He just told me that Newcastle was the best, that not only was it one of the best teams in the division but away from the playing side, there was a fantastic infrastructure and great support.” “That was a big influence and a big attraction.”
“As far as the city is concerned, he has told me a lot about that too, and I am looking forward to getting to know it. But it is the football I am here for, not other things.”
And only today a piece in FIFA.com had another of our new arrivals talking about how Yohan had been so persuasive, and that was star center-back Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
And not only did Mapou say some great things about Newcastle in his interview, but he also revealed how Cabaye had spoken in lyrical terms about Newcastle United:
“Yohan Cabaye told us a lot of good things about Newcastle United.” Obviously when somebody you know, talks about what they’ve experienced in that way, it makes you want the same thing.” There is good football here and the people are passionate about football.”
“The supporters live for their club and they are always behind the team, the do everything to help the players perform as well as possible.” “There is also a great tactical culture with recognition for good bits skill on the pitch, even for defensive ones.” ”There is everything I need at Newcastle to thrive.”
And with Yohan talking continuously to the French squad last summer about how great things were at Newcastle, that obviously also had an influence on Moussa Sissoko, who looks like a great signing.
But let’s face it, all five French players we signed in January have looked excellent since they arrived, including Yoan Gouffran and 20 year-old Massadio Haidara, who had another great game last night, and looks a future Newcastle star.
So not only did mike Ashley and Derek LLambias do a stellar job in getting all five to the club in January, but also they all look terrific players.
And that’s one more reason why Alan Pardew may be having a little talk to Yohan Cabaye, about who else he would like to see at Newcastle.
And Cabaye’s influence is also a good reason why he will be made the new Newcastle captain, if Fab Coloccini leaves us in the summer.
Vive le France.
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