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Who Is Next Cabaye FrIend To Arrive On Tyneside?

5:41 pm, Friday, March 8th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 65 Comments

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.

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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 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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Tags: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Massadio Haidara · Mathieu Debuchy · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Yoan Gouffran · Yohan Cabaye

65 responses so far ↓

  • 1 robin // Mar 8, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Cabaye, oozes class, i can’t see NUFC, hanging onto him if the big clubs come knocking. Especially with us being lumbered with the worst manager in top flight football, unless Ashley wakes up and brings in someone who knows how to win things.

  • 2 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Ok so is Cabaye friends with Adil Rami?Would be class at centre back for us

  • 3 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Robin…I don’t think Cabaye staying or not has anything directly to do with Pardew, in fact it would seem he rates him quite highly.

    Wont you stay and throw some ideas around?

  • 4 toonicle // Mar 8, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Give it a rest Robin.

  • 5 Toon-Prodigy // Mar 8, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Hmm, obviously Remy didn’t listen too much then..

    More fool him.

    Loving the vibe coming out of the players and the club at the moment.

    Good stuff

  • 6 stephen1971 // Mar 8, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    i disagree with cabaye leaving for a bigger club, he says money does,nt motivate him and he,s brought a few faces to the club so why would he want to leave ? he,s got a good life in newcastle and his mates,

  • 7 Oldgit1 // Mar 8, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    I’m the oldest on here, bring it on. Lol

  • 8 Toon-Prodigy // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Cabaye isn’t going anywhere. Unless a 30-40 mil offer comes in I think it’s safe to say he is happy where he is. Why wouldn’t he be?


    How old? Haha

  • 9 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Oldgit…You let me know if anyone gives you any grief….making jokes of someones age is no laughing matter and I wont take part in it :)

  • 10 Krul to be Kind // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    ibiza @ 3

    ‘Wont you stay and throw some ideas around?’

    Priceless, loving your humour lad!

  • 11 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Krul…I’m so misunderstood…I genuinely want to hear more from the guy :)

  • 12 Toon-Prodigy // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:12 PM


    Oh, it’s just me and Jesper that gets it then? Haha!


    Don’t tell Ibiza how old you are! You will not hear the last of it! :)

    Right i’v got to be off, an 11 hr shift beckons.

    Have a pleasant evening lads!

    I’ll be back sunday, 2 days older 😉

  • 13 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Prodigy….11 hour shift? Is that how long it takes you to get upstairs? Sleep tight, hope you make it to Sunday :)

  • 14 Krul to be Kind // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM


    if we only we could see your body language then maybe we could understand you more… keep your chin up! 😉


    you are not a supporter, but a ticking timebomb renegade follower, change the record or post something constructive with reasons of your hatred, name calling is not big nor smart!

  • 15 Toon-Prodigy // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    Haha aye, this stairlift is murder, always on the blink!

    Nightshift for me, nasty. Start in 2.5 hrs.

    Catch ya later mate

  • 16 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Krul…Aye, that’s my problem, body language :)

    Got to say I like the sound of ticking timebomb renegade follower, what do I have to do? Call people names?

    What did you think about the game last night?

  • 17 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Prodigy… Hope it goes quickly mate. Catch you next time.

  • 18 Krul to be Kind // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    just caught the ?lights (no highs or lows) due to work, 5 pm kick off whats that all about, delighted with the result best case scenario i think, spurs looked frightening though… team to avoid later stages!

    what about you?

  • 19 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    Krul…Saw most of it, you didn’t miss much. Very respectable result though and clearly a job well accomplished.

    Merson has called that Spurs’ form will run out soon, so don’t worry about getting them at a later stage :)

    Not getting carried away, as we’ve not blown anyone away in Europe to date, but I do think we have a fair shot at it tbh, but one knock-out at a time..Thursday will be no easy game, despite the lack luster performance by both teams last night.

  • 20 Krul to be Kind // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    I think teams now that have no CL to play for in their leagus will give it there all with the announcement of wednesday night rotation between CL & EL, good call by EUFA.

    No easy teams left but a few ‘favourable’ ones. watching how spurs can rip very good teams apart makes me feel that little bit better about that 2 1 defeat a few weeks back.

    Hope we can get back there by winning it ;-), only 3 rounds left after thursday… I don’t think i’m really that deluded more very exciteable :-)

  • 21 Tinman // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    It will be very difficult for Cabaye to leave in the near future.

    He cant exactly leave in the summer, leaving his mate Debuchy in the lurch after only 6 months.

    Next season he will be captain, added responsibility.

    Next season I imagine we will be top 6, maybe even challenging top 4 with a slice of luck and some shrewd transfer business in the summer.

    Hopefully, we will have Yohan leading our boys out for many years to come!

  • 22 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Krul…What’s this about Wednesday rotation? I’ve not seen anything about it.

    3 Rounds? Easy peasy mate, might as well consider it won.

  • 23 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    kevin gameiro?
    marvin martin

    dunno if these are his friends but they have either played with him and debuchy at lille or played in the French side with cabaye and debuchy.
    weve already been linked with most of them before

  • 24 Tinman // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    With regards to Europa hopefully we can beat Anzhi. I think we will.

    Then we need to hope to avoid: Benfica, Basel or Zenit, Spurs, Chelsea and Lazio.

    We have the means to beat any team left on our day. Over 2 legs? Maybe thats a bit tougher. If we can sell out St James then who knows…

    Like Pardew said: ‘I think we could well be the dark horses in this competition’

  • 25 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I forgot about pierre-emerick aubmeyang aswell haa

  • 26 NUFC_LEAZES END // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    if spurs go through against inter, thn I think they will win it, its simply impossible to stop them when they are on form, nd they have been on form recntly

  • 27 pethmag // Mar 8, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Cabaye would be my choice as captain for next season as i really cant see collo still being here . As for cabaye leaving anybody wanting him will have to pay top dollar . I wouldnt sell him for anything less than 25 million minimum . If a club wants him they aint going to get him cheap and rightly so . If we could get sum of the useless and clueless players that are still in our squad out in the summer and replace them with the likes of what we bought in january then we would be far better off . There are good players out there at a good price but sometimes you do have to pay that little bit extra for real quality . Hopefully cabaye will remain at the club and point a few more quality players our way

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Ibiza…Are you still bullying people?

  • 29 Tinman // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I dont think Spurs will win it. As soon as Bale stops bailing them out of games (sorry) they will lose some confidence, surely he cant keep doing it.

  • 30 gaz 44 // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    i dont think spurs have been playing well.. if it werent forr a certain mr.bale i think they would be in mid table..

  • 31 gaz 44 // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    heres 1.. since stevie t came back has there been a better english centre back… id say a better premiership but im sure someone would think of 1

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:12 PM


    I’m not a Pardew fan so have some sympathy and could only dream of having a top line manager to work with all our flair players but right now I’m just going with the flow with Sissoko, M’Biwa, Goofy etc who have all been just sensational.

    Someone else said Pardew would screw up Barca. Well maybe, but for now I’m just enjoying the lack of long ball and the excellent and positive individual performances of our new French legion who have definitely kicked us on a rung or 2 up the ladder. Must win Sunday though..

  • 33 Rotonda heights // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:14 PM


    he was caught ball watching for a couple of goals though v soton.

  • 34 DokToon // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    my 6 year old son is insisting he will play for newcastle when hes old enough… maybe ive brainwashed him already, but if so, ill buy his shirt for everyone here!

    question is, how do i get him chummy with cabaye, lol…

  • 35 gaz 44 // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    still been quaity rotando

  • 36 pethmag // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Spurs are a pretty good team theses days and with bale well he just gives them that bit more . When we played them at the lane we were doing fine till goofy went off . I thought we were very much alive in that game and would of at least getting a draw . Theres still sum decent teams left in the europa and i think we will make it through to the last eight .

  • 37 boater // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    I miss Hughton. Can you imagine us winning at the Emirates or beating the mackems (or anyone) 5-1 under Pardew? Hughton probably didn’t have the ‘nasty streak’ the owners craved but when we won, we did so emphatically.

  • 38 yo-yo // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM


    As you ain’t going to bring him back you’ll have to get used to having a top 5 team instead – and hope we manage to dump someone soon. We’ve had a few good’uns under Pards too..

  • 39 chuck // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    Anyone who believes that the present Frenchmen at the club are here for the football and money is not a concern, should grow up.
    Did’nt Yanga -M’Biwa just recently state the fact NUFC is just a stepping stone to bigger things.
    Players careers are relatively short, in which case they have to maximise their earnings, just the way it is!

  • 40 boater // Mar 8, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    yo yo – hope you’re right. I’m not going to trash Pardew, I don’t think he’s done much wrong this season – apart from fail to fire up the team in the closing stages of games.

    My worry is that he survived a run of defeats as bad as any in our history without getting the axe. Hope he doesn’t become complacent and settle for a win one, lose one mentality.

  • 41 chuck // Mar 8, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    The real question is, who will we get to replace COLO. who apparently has gone to Argentina, with broken bones and possibly out for the remainder of the season.
    We need an additional CD, no not Williamson or Perch.
    Douglas will do, he and a striker.
    I think we should go Dutch .
    Douglas and Siem DeJong, who though not really considered a true striker, would link up better with Cisse being both a playnaker who also gets his goals.

  • 42 beefman13 // Mar 8, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Dok, you have to chum up with ibizatoon before you get to Cabaye, its the law!!!

  • 43 mot7 // Mar 8, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Pards realy should be given a few seasons .
    We have been through many managers and all that has proved is that it doesnt work so lets get behind him and see what happens when we keep a manager for more than 5 mins.

  • 44 89Norcal // Mar 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    I’ve got a good feeling about Haidara in particular. He’s a very mature player for his age and could be excellent for us in the future.

    I like how we also went after a few youngsters these last couple windows to counter the senior player influx we’ve had.

  • 45 DevonToon // Mar 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Chuck… Id have to avoid douglas at all costs! Poor player with a worse attitude! He cant even dislodge Vlarr and mathijsen from the dutch bench… Theres much better cb out there! If only Taylor would stay fit!

  • 46 stuart no9 // Mar 8, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    great result yesterday .- mid field excellent – defense great- really had control of the game, however one of the reasons why i believe pardew is not the man to win anything or take us to, no better than mid table, is the fact that he dosnt believe in scoring goals, and lets face it – if you cant score goals, and i dont mean just one game when we scored 4 , i mean in a season- we are not going to go far, yesterday we lost our striker, ok hes no alan shearer, but hes is probably the best we have , or should i say the only 1 we have.So cisse took ill and pards puts a midfielder ( who has just come back from a hamstring injury ,who rightly so was not goiung to see the game out, to lead the line. shocking. no striker to take his place??? tells you loads about pardews way of playing. midfielders ? loads – defenders ? enough – strikers ? couldnt even be bothered to buy one in jan why ? not important! who needs goals when you have a great defense and a cracking midfield. talk about setting your your team up not to lose instead of setting them up to win. thats why we wont go any where under that negative system. talk about fans being negative? wonder where that comes from ? mmmm

  • 47 Harley // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:11 PM


    Who would you have played up front instead of hba?

    Shola? With his bad knees,. Gouffran? Who’s not available or Campbell who has 45 mins of first team experience in his lifetime?

    I’m dying to hear your answer. You just may be the saviour we’ve all been waiting for!!

  • 48 yo-yo // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:15 PM


    Pards need to get the two goal cushion mentality like SAF – his teams are battlers and never give up. Never sit back on a single goal lead and IF AP gets that message then he’ll be fine.
    It is his major weakness I agree but he, like the team, is still a work in progress and we will surely have one of those amazing seasons under his managership in the next three years if we fill the remaining gaps in the side.

  • 49 yo-yo // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:19 PM


    Remy got caught short in London and Gouffy is cup tied ….

    But of course it is all Pards fault – you’re a glass half empty guy at the best of times but they did try to sign another striker in Jan – unless you wanted Campbell to be blooded on a plastic pitch in a sub zero Moscow against a class lineup. That post is real nit picking.

  • 50 santonthenewmaldini // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    I know he will play on Sunday but it would be better for the team if Tiote did not play

    Stoke are probably the most dangerous team in the league for set pieces we can’t afford to have someone who gives away stupid free kicks all the time as we will get punished

    With Anita , Cabaye, Gouffran, Jonas and Sissoko in the team we can press them all over the park as they are terrible in possession a bit like us earlier in the season in that they just go long when under pressure so we need to take advantage of this

    We beat them 3 nil at home last season and I can see a similar result if we just go at them a bit like the 1st half against Southampton and the 2nd against Swansea

    The Thug HUTH is out as well

  • 51 t00ntime // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    people say we need good widemen, but IMO gouff and hbv#a are already good wide men. my main priority for this summer would be a fast and lethal striker (aub / remy) and B team widemen who can hopefully push for places and maybe even get them. Cisse wont be able to keep up with gouff, sissoko +hba on the counter. but someone like remy or aub wud.

    Unless HBA leaves i cant see us getting a winger who will take his place so a Bteam RM would be nice, gouffrans place isnt as safe but he works really hard and is always open for a pass. I really cant see us gettin a better winger. Even lens would be Bteam for me, he looks good in the eredivisie but thats quite low down compared to the BPL and i wouldnt want to throw him in (like ober, cause that has gone wrong) I wud rather get him warmed up (like haidara) just my opnioin on transfers
    1) striker
    2) dont sell anyone BIG, if do , replace
    3) bulk up/ wingmen etc

    I’m including colo in the 2

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    I think if Mike Ashley was as ambitious as people made out after his unprecedented 11M net spend in January, the 452nd richest man in the world could have bought us another striker.

  • 53 lesh // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    Has Ashley got Yohan on commision to help with recruitment?

  • 54 BDin9 // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Stuart.First rule in football management is set up your team not to lose.All managers do that. After that you have your own offensive tactics. Bit difficult when you don’t have a recognised CF to choose from.

  • 55 toonarmydownsouth // Mar 8, 2013 at 9:51 PM


  • 56 stuart no9 // Mar 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    harley @ 47 exactly. my point entirely- we havnt got anyone . that is what i am saying . why havnt we got a striker, in case our ONLY one gets injured ?

  • 57 stuart no9 // Mar 8, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    yo yo @ 49 its not nit picking at all , its fact . have we got a decent CF if cisse gets injured or not ????? no – you should know that , if you dont , what you watching every week, it certainly aint newcastle.

  • 58 stuart no9 // Mar 8, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    BDIN @54 Yeah i agree . because we havnt got a decent striker ( or 2 ) that is the way he has to play( set out not to lose ) thats why we havnt won many.

  • 59 beddersmag // Mar 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Think we might have found a proper left back. I can see us cashing in on santon this summer. Until then i would try him right midfield. He can attack well but always comes inside which is too predicatable and he cant defend for toffee so lets stick him on the right side and release him when bennys not playing. Might just do a Gareth Bale :-)

  • 60 t00ntime // Mar 8, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    @bedder cashing in on santon? calm down the lad is 22 still has alot to learn but is very accomplished for his age. Weather he always plays LB is quistionable though, i think he will do better in a more attacking postion but i wouldnt want to sell him.

  • 61 beddersmag // Mar 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Toon time
    Didnt say id sell him but can see it happening. Dont think hed stick around as second fiddle and rumours around a return to italy

  • 62 Owldman // Mar 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Until Steve Taylor & Collo got injured in the same game against Chelsea last season I believe we had the best CM fieldpairing in the Prem & I believe Steve was pretty close to call up to the England squad! Just my opinion, but I would like to here the thoughts of some serious thinking bloggers not those of a muppet like Robin

  • 63 beddersmag // Mar 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM


    Would agree with that mate. Compliment each other perfectly. Just need to keep taylor fit and colo here

  • 64 stuart no9 // Mar 9, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    owldman. imo pards was relying on tay and col too much. they were working wonders in front of krul. the chelsea game in the 2nd half was the start of some woeful organisational football. pards didnt really know what to do now his 2 key men were injured..we missed them badly .i really still cant believe we finished 5th in the league. but thats football !

  • 65 Jam only For H.ben Arfa // Mar 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    the next is Ludovic Obraniak…

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