Yohan Cabaye Or Ben Arfa Could Leave Newcastle This Summer


Newcastle will sell one of their top players only if a top bid comes in that meets the high evaluation Mike Ashley will put on them – but after the horrendous season we just had, it wouldn’t surprise us if Ben Arfa or Yohan Cabaye leave the club for a big transfer fee before September rolls around.

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Yohan Cabaye – could leave Newcastle this summer – fact

The truth is that Newcastle have always struggled for the last nine years to be a top six club, ever since the great Bobby Robson left the club, and during that time we’ve been relegated to the Championship, and last season we were again struggling against relegation.

So if a bid came in from a top club like Tottenham or Arsenal for either of the two top Frenchmen, we think it may be difficult for Newcastle to keep either player.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:

“You can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to stay.” “Having said that, it’s going to be very difficult for any club to get a player out of here unless it’s a serious or big bid.”

The news last August was that Arsenal came in for Yohan Cabaye, and the manager said that turned the player’s head, and after having a difficult season on Tyneside, Yohan may jump at the chance of joining a team which has European football every year.

We hate to say this – but actions have consequences, and because we were so hopeless last season, we could see one of our top Frenchmen want to leave.

If that happens the least we expect is to get a massive fee for them – but we can hardly say Newcastle are in a strong position,.

Arsene Wenger after the win on Sunday said that being in the top four will help Arsenal’s recruitment in the summer – but they’ve been in the top four every single season that Wenger has been at the London club.

What does that say about Newcastle’s chances of attracting top talent, when we finished fifth bottom?

It’s not good, but that’s where we find ourselves this summer – that’s the stark reality.

We’re a big club because of the massive following and 52,000 home gates – not because we do well in the Premier League and win things. 🙁

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57 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    May 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Cabaye’s performances have been independent of the club’s, so I can’t see his value being hurt that much. He did score even more goals this season and is now recognized as a genuine class midfielder.

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Repost as this actually seems more relevant –

    is not found to replace him, as said above its not simply a matter of moving the same crappy chess pieces around the board and getting another travelling manager with a knotted hanky on a stick and an aye for an end-of-season payoff. If Pardew was to be replaced we would need a quality step-up and have ‘stability’ with that manager. Look how Southampton have fared with Pochettino, if he had a better budget I am sure he would make a lot more out of his squad. It can’t be that hard to scour a decent manager from another league, and like most of our players, there have to be some bargains out there.

    Otherwise, Pardew has to stay. But if he does, I see a harrowing mid-table half-year and quite a bit of unrest in the dressing room. Some of our players will get ants in their pants if Pardew continues with his ‘no midfield’ strategy.

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  • Markaccus

    May 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Rainrix… it would be because he saved him using “hoofswimming” instead of a flowing technical butterfly stroke.

    Scribbles is dead?!?! PARDEW OUT!

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  • geordie157

    May 21, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #4

    will come down to how much people are willing to pay.

    Cabaye we could get 20mill for, Ben Arfa i’m not sure. Tiote after this season 10mill tops.

    If we sold one for big money and brought in 2 players with the money I’d be ok with it as long as that’s additional to the 3 or 4 we already need.

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  • geordie157

    May 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5

    If Pardew stays, then fine but bring in another coach to help with our attacking play.

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  • elpaso_geordie

    May 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    I can only assume Pro Pardew brigade don’t watch NUFC on a regular basis. The football I watch every other week at St James’s is absolutely terrible. I would take a bad season like this one if we were playing some football ( bit like Wigan in last few year) but we are going backwards as a team.
    No Cohesion going forward at all
    Set Plays (free kicks n Corners) are a joke
    Few times we look to counter you will find our midfield sitting as deep as the defence on some occasions.
    Consistently picking favourites
    His continuing whine of injuries ( that aren’t that bad really – every team gets them)
    Obvious poor fitness and conditioning
    Woeful second half performances after his teamtalk
    His absurd comments about changing the game to bring SHOLA on ( 20 sub appearances 1 goal says how much he changes a game)

    This is to name a few things…. howay man he has got to be rid of .
    There is no reason from quality players we have, fanbase etc that we shouldn’t be between 4th n 8th most seasons playing some decent stuff to watch. ( although god help it if we qualify for Europa ever again)
    Pardew has destroyed all positivity relating to this competition and his record in domestic cup competitions is awful. Where has our Geordie passion for a winning playing good football desire gone ?????

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  • 89Norcal

    May 21, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Fingers crossed Ashley will be emboldened to invest given the higher PL payouts.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 21, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    geordie157

    You may be right abt tiote’s value

    But any good manager wd get tiote firing. Pardew has messed up his head with him telling tiote to calm down and not picking up yellows.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    May 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #9

    Rotonda,
    I think Bale is slightly/well above the standard of player we have at the minute. I don’t see anyone interested in spending 50million on our players. We would struggle to get 15. I’m not saying Pardew has got it right, but AVB has that get out of jail card in Bale, and it has been used on numerous occasions.

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #10

    And as regards Cabaye, a team like Arsenal would play him in a better position with better players behind him to take up the responsibilities he is being burdened with now. HBA of course would be a fine luxury for the likes of Chelsea or Spurs. And thats if they stay in the Prem.

    I think there is a good list of players who would happily move if they were promised games in their favoured roles, not necessarily in ‘better’ teams either.

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  • Rainrix

    May 21, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #11

    Markaccus… Pards got tired when he reached the child, luckily pardew had his plan B, shoal ameobi.

    Scrabbles should be the face of the pardew out campaign, another brave soul lost :(.

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  • 89Norcal

    May 21, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #12

    elpaso

    hardly and “pro-Pardew” people left here. Just neutrals and haters.

    I was pro pardew until about December when he made his job harder by choosing Jonas every match and making wild subs. Now I’m neutral.

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  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 21, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #13

    Does anybody see a correlation between pretty football and success in the premier league?
    a few years ago man u won the title with ugly ground out 1-0 victories and low scoring draws.
    While Martinez took an ugly Wigan team in mid table to pretty relegation strugglers.
    Granted I would rather see us playing some nice passing football but would it be any more successful than ugly football?

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  • Markaccus

    May 21, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Rainrix…

    Ap- “…shola did well in the end, you have to remember he was tired after doing 5 or 6 widths of the local pool last wednesday. He was cramping up at the end but he pulled through”

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  • Markaccus

    May 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Oh i see…. “SHOAL Ameobi” imagine a whole shoal of ameobis!!

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  • mindshaft

    May 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #16

    I’d definitely sack Stone and Carver at a minimum, we seem to have no idea at corners/set plays and a lack of cohesion where players don’t seem to know how to run into space or channels and end up standing around in no mans land

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  • Puppet Pardew's Brainlessness

    May 21, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #17

    @15 we’re getting there

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  • Tsunki

    May 21, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #18

    Tiote’s problem is he has not been developed under this team. I don’t think he knows exactly where to put himself on the park, his dancing around in lost circles illustrates he does not know where his team-mates will be if and when he gains possession.

    I hate to be labelled in the Anti-Pardew Brigade, but I think that an assessment of this season shows that he is an incredibly slow learner, or just intransigent. There are no signs he will change his approach and that could mean a disastrous start to next season. Can we afford this? Can the club stand a drop in revenue, ST sales may not account for much but a full house is virtually all the PR the club has going for it. Wonga shirt sales aren’t seeming to be too impressive either. There are quite a few worrying signs along the way that we could actually have a backfire on the Ashley approach to frugal fiscal management , if he doesn’t get the balance right, we could go down the pot overnight. Its that easy.

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 21, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #19

    When i started watching in 2001, NUFC used to steam roll Spurs.

    Now look at the situation they are diasappointed at missing UCL and we are relieved at avoiding the drop.

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  • Markaccus

    May 21, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #20

    Has anyone else got that cartoon chunky lass with blue/purple hair and a pink bikini on their screen? Id probably do her, like.

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  • Rainrix

    May 21, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #21

    Markaccus… Honestly didnt spot that, damn mac autocorrect. Actually that does look quite clever. Ahem yes hahaha a shoal ‘a ameobi 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 21, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #22

    It is not Anti or Pro PARDEW

    It is what is right for the club.

    One day or the other Pardew will be sacked for these reasons only. Sooner (NOW) The better

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  • Markaccus

    May 21, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #23

    Rainrix…. i find your claiming you did it on porpoise very fishy…. ok i will stop now.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 21, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #24

    I can see both Cabs and Benny going if Pardew stays

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  • KayZey78

    May 21, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #25

    Stop selling our players in the press you g’damn retarded POS manager.

    The only reason you would tell something like that to the press is to try and tell everyone that our key players are for sale. What a farking idiot this guy is.

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  • Rainrix

    May 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #26

    Markaccus… Your fish puns get my seal of approval!

    Sorry…..

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  • geordiemark

    May 21, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #27

    going to upset the applecart a bit here but for me both players can go, ill point out why

    ben arfa excellent player the problem with him is he gives the ball away yeah he scores brilliant goals but can we really afford having a player who like on sunday give it to arsenal more times then just simply passing the ball to a toon player

    cabaye another excellent midfielder but played way out of postion by a so called manager, hasnt done very well all season, has a nasty streak in him which could cause us problems if hes sent off

    the likes of toite has been told to watch out for the yellow cards and it has effected him a lot this season its spoilt his game plan so either he plays his normal game or sell him on I think really ashley will sell all 3 this summer I also think santon will be sold as well

    lets hope am wrong but got a strange feeling about the way we have played this season dont think the players are happy at all and if pardew stays as boss then expect more to go because they dont like his style of playing at all

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  • sparky55

    May 21, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #28

    those words are absolutely correct ” you can’t keep a player who doesn’t want to stay”

    and because of that pr!ck Pardew all the good footballers don’t want to stay. Unless Pardew is sacked we will lose our better players…mark my words…the revolving door at the main entrance into SJP won’t stop spinning if pardew stays…it’s already happening as we speak

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #29

    tsunki

    I think the wonga thing could backfire spectacularly and rightly so. We had a bit of cred with Virgin a truly leading international brand replaced by loan sharks!!

    I see Llambias’ casino went bust and Pardew was out of work when appointed. Maybe NUFC is a charity for Ashley’s mates fallen on hard times!

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  • Markaccus

    May 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #30

    QUESTION TO ALL…

    I.would like to know who you think our BEST players are, and can you select our best 11 while playing ALL of them in their BEST positions. I personally dontt think thats as easy as it looks.

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  • elpaso_geordie

    May 21, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #31

    geordiemark

    Agree 100% mate

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    May 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #32

    As Rotonda mentioned earlier, I too feel absolutely flat as a pancake and genuinely saddened that Pardew may continue. I really do. Gutted.

    I’m worried that he can pull the wool over Ashley’s eyes with his excuses.

    Throughout last year I’d come away from games saying we’ve played POORLY there and been lucky. It was standard. We got points though.

    I was still waiting for the change to start playing well. That change came when we played 433 for a few games, then he ditched it and went back to being disjointed. The man does not learn in all the years he has managed.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #33

    Sparky

    Too right. All our flair technical ”pass and move” players poor old Carr has painstakingly assembled will be out the door to be replaced by Jay Spearing types and hoof ball Andy. We will finish 12th and will be known as the new Stoke.

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  • JAMSHA

    May 21, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #34

    Alan Pardew should discover in the next 48
    hours whether he will remain as Newcastle
    manager – DAILY TELEGRAPH

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  • geordiemark

    May 21, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #35

    ive never agreed with managers and coaches telling pro footballers how to play and which position there best at when the players in question know what there good at and what postion they want to play at

    I had a massive problem with an old manager once, I come on as a sub went straight to central defence which was my postion, I got the ball nutmegged one player got past another player put the ball out wide to our winger and we scored a goal, the manager then waited till the match was finished and then had a right good go at me by saying i should have went into midfield i said am a defender he said he manages the team and i said well you should know a defender doesnt play in midfield so after that i left and never returned to football that was the end of it its being wrecked by half witted so called know it all mangers who know more about football then I know about the back end of the —-ing moon 🙂

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  • Indian Magpie

    May 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #36

    Markaccus – Here is my attempt

    Krul
    Debuchy Colo Yanga Santon
    Sissoko Anita
    HBA Cabaye Marveaux
    Gouff/Cisse

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  • Markaccus

    May 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #37

    Rotonda…. the thing with wonga is an interesting one. The report on watchdog about them nicking dosh from teens was due to criminals.stealing kids bank details and taking wonga loans. Poor security from wonga and should they share some blame? Certainly. So should the kids banks.
    As for the general policy and interest rates of wonga…. people taking the loans are responsible and know exactly what they are getting into and when they should pay it back.

    If i decide not to buy a wonga shirt, it will be bacause the logo simply looks sh1te rather than political reasons 😀

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  • geordiemark

    May 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #38

    jamsha

    id make a move for blanc now if I were ashley, pardew divint bother about a taxi let the —-hole walk

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #39

    Markaccus

    Krul

    Debuchy Colo M’Biwa Haidara / Santon

    Sissko Anita

    Cabaye

    Benny Cisse Marveaux / Goofy.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #40

    Indian

    Spooky !!

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