This Top Midfielder Has Improved Big Time At Newcastle


Laurent Blanc formed a good relationship with Yohan Cabaye while he was the French manager, and it was Blanc who gave Cabaye his full French debut in the friendly match against Norway in August of 2010, after France’s disastrous World Cup in South Africa, when they didn’t even reach the knock-out rounds.

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Yohan Cabaye – PSG still keen on Newcastle midfielder

Since that time Cabaye has become a mainstay in the France side, and last summer the Newcastle player was one of their best players during the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.

So it’s hardly surprising when Laurent was appointed PSG manager on June 25th to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who left to manager Real Madrid, that he talked about Cabaye being his top target for the summer.

Yohan Cabaye now has 22 caps and one goal for France, and all his caps have come in the short two years he’s been at Newcastle, and while Yohan suffered a lapse in form in the final few months of last season, he’s still a very good player and has improved a lot while at Newcastle.

And of course Blanc is still asked about Cabaye, and he had this to say:

“He can play in several different positions.” “Yohan is a very interesting player.”

Monaco are the other rich French club who have expressed an interest in Cabaye, and their CEO Vadim Vasilyev recently described the Newcastle midfielder as “an exciting player.”

Yohan will be back on Tyneside next week to begin pre-season training with manager Alan Pardew, and while he was supposed to be upset bu Joe Kinnear calling him Yohan Kebab in that infamous and embarrassing talkSPORT interview, we wonder if that’s really true.

Maybe he now realizes that our new Director of Football keeps putting his foot in his mouth – almost every time he opens it – and that it wasn’t personal.

But it’s fairly simple where Yohan’s future lies – and if either PSG or Monaco bid £25M in cash up front, he will return to the French first division, and for Cabaye that will be a step down in class from the Premier League.

And Yohan would do well to look at his phenomenal progress while he’s been at Newcastle, and stay here and help Newcastle fight for a top six or top eight position next season in the Premier League.

That’s what we need right now, and if we can just keep our best players this summer, our squad is still a strong one.

At a minimum we need two good strikers brought in to help Papiss Cisse with the goal-scoring duties, and we should be in decent shape for the new season.

With captain Fabricio Coloccini staying at the club, and with new French recruits in Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara – our defense should be much stronger next season.

It’s just a little frustrating that we seem to keep missing out on our transfer targets, because we will not spend the money necessary to bring top players to the club.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 3, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Toonarmydownsouth
    3 mins ago
    TDS
    You’ve answered your own question

    The evidence that there making the same mistakes is appointing a DOF, with no experience and heavy delusions, 5 months late
    If your going to bring someone I to work specifically on transfers you don’t do it a couple of weeks before the window opens, clubs start negotiating deals months before the window opens

    Also sacking the MD with no replacement just before the window opens is fcuking ridiculous if he wasn’t happy due to the January window he should of gone then

    The 5 players you mention in January were supposed to be in the summer, if we were in the top ten no way they would of arrived, that was confirmed by dekka

    How are we moving backwards?
    I don’t see a relegation battle as progress do you?
    Under Ashley we finished 12th, relegated, promoted, 12th, 5th, then 16th
    That is one good season in 6
    During the season of our 5 th place finish the club stated categorically its aim, it’s main priority, was to have Newcastle united challenging for honours and to be regularly in competition for at least a Europa league spot to put the club “back where it belongs”
    Here we are, one season later, that statement has changed to we can’t compete with the top 6, were aiming for at least top 10
    How the hell is progress

    What has the Increased TV revenue and new wonga sponsorship been spent on?
    A pair of gates? Sure as sh1t hasn’t been on the “priority improvement of our youth academy” (another club target)
    It’s certainly not been on improving the coaching staff
    So what has it gone on? Balancing the bloody books whoop dee doo the footies shite to watch but at least the books make a canny read

    As for hall and Shepard I couldn’t care less about the mocking girls legends or fans, at least they gave a toss about what was happening on the pitch

    You mention a £20 mil CF again, no one is asking for that, ffs PEA was €13 mil that’s nout for a top CF

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  • josh

    Jul 3, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Just seen nufc.com call kinnear the director of f***all lol. God that made me chuckle.

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 3, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #3

    same old same old

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  • p

    Jul 3, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #4

    Well I think he will get some decent competition playing in the CL for PSG as well as playing against top quality players at Monaco.

    Also, he did not have a great season in 12/13, after 11/12

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  • djm...

    Jul 3, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #5

    We know mike Ashley is no mug when it comes to negotiations, as seen with the likes of the Nolan and Barton contracts. There is no way he will be signing a player that is accused of tape and pissed him about just six months ago.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 3, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #6

    TADS

    We weren’t in a position to start working on the transfers that we really need until we knew what league we’d be in. If we’d been relegated, our whole transfer plan would be different to what it is now, as many of our best players would have been off.

    What does the MD have to do with the transfer window? That’s JFK’s baby now, whether we like it or not. The MD is needed to ensure the club as a whole runs smoothly.

    I’ve discussed the reasons for our poor season more times than I could count. The injuries and poor form from key players contrasts massively to the same situation the season before. 5th was an over-performance due to key players playing really well all season, 16th was the opposite due to the opposite reason. Same players. We should be 7th/8th.

    We haven’t even received the increased TV revenue or Wonga sponsorship from what I understand! That’s for next season! And yeah, hopefully some of it will be funding some players, for which we have another 8 weeks…

    We don’t know what PEA will go for, and as others have pointed out, why would he have joined us over Dortmund?

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 3, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #7

    thats it ashley self self self thats why his wife did a runnner

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  • toon22

    Jul 3, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #8

    You would think its impossible but if we signed Remy it would make us look even more foolish.
    Maybe we could pair him with Bellamy.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 3, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #9

    LAd’s , Im a little bit scared ..I think our DOF might have some health issues up top …first decision he makes is to kick out Perch ..who was doing well with us and a vastly improved player ..Cannot understand this ..unless. unless, he is a part ex for McMananamanaman …?

    If got a feeling that Ashley has pulled the biggest stroke yet on uz Fans and hired someone with MHI…

    If we have looked a bit of a circus in the past ..the worst is yet to come !

    Does anyone think Joe needs Help ? , the way he talks and all the fantisising he does ? its bloody strange .

    Does Joe Kinnear have Mental health issues and is in need of help ?

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #10

    How can anyone say Hiring JFK shows a lack of ambition btw? I’d say it was highly ambitious to employ a decrepit demented fantasist (I think I shook Joe Blog off halfway through that bit) with a deteriorating heart complaint to run your high-stakes football club and expect it to actually work. 🙂

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  • toon22

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #11

    JK needs to look at this

    http://www.mind.org.uk/

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Like one or two radgee’s on this ere Blog ..we might have a DOF that needs Some Help in the grey matter dept’.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #13

    OG…a bit of Alzheimers and Tourettes 😉

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  • colwell

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Everything is Rosey behind the scenes.

    After constant shite from the thick cnut Kinnear, Pards has not said a word which for him is even more surprising.

    Whats worse is there is no doubt Cabaye will want to leave and who can blame him. Our small, injury prone squad is getting smaller and our most realistic targets are Aston Villa and West Ham subs WTF.

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  • Tsunki

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #15

    djm @5 – accused of Tape as well? Has he no shame?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #16

    He might also suffer from Multiple Personality Disorder since that CV of his is definitely not his 😉 lol

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #17

    he certainly is emptying the stadium with this shambolic circus act

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  • toon22

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #18

    You think with JKs help we might go another season without scoring from a corner?

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  • John Tudor

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #19

    na may get 1/2 og though

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #20

    MInd..scuse me ….When I talk of JOe and his strange behavior I do this very tongue in Cheek ..Anyone who does have issues up top has my sympathy

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  • roe997

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #21

    Just another thankyou to anybody who sponsored me thru the blog.thanks so much lads cheers. Im doing a 10k total warrior assault course on 3rd of august.im competing for cancer research and if anyone is interested in helping me, my sponsor webpage is http://www.justgiving.co.uk/michael-roe thanks again lads.

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  • toon22

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Alzheimers,

    Memory problems: For example, forgetting the way home from the shops, or being unable to remember names and places.
    Mood changes: Particularly as the parts of the brain that control emotion become affected by disease. People with dementia may also feel sad, frightened or angry about what is happening to them.
    Communication problems: For example, a decline in the ability to talk, read and write.

    🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #23

    TDS
    What? So just stroll along with forward planning because ho hum were not sure what league were going to be in!!

    Of course the can plan for next season in the prem and start contact
    If we got relegated then I’d fully expect them to have a contingency plan in place ready to go into effect

    What does the MD have to do with the window? Until this window everything, who’s working on looking to secure additional funding from additional sponsorship deals etc now? Nobody

    Every team has received the TV revenue why do you think clubs are actually strengthening and spending immediately and seeing as wongas contract has already started they will be paying us

    We know what PEA will go for because the fee has been agreed
    Dortmund showed intrest only after lewondowski announced his desire to leave, we should of tied him in bloody jan when sold Ba not looking to replace a player several months later once again chancing half a season with only one able CF

    Still failing to see this ambition

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  • toon22

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Agree its meant as a bit of fun,its obviously a sad and awful disease.

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  • Joe Blog

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Tsunki

    I know comport is a word, but outside of using it to fit a rhyming scheme in one of your pretentious poems, I’m sure the colloquial ‘conduct’, would’ve sufficed.

    Or is this your testing ground for using new words you’ve recently learnt, to help memorise them? Never know when one of your hipster chums will hit you with ‘maudlin’ or ‘detritus’ – oh the perils!

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #26

    My post @20, I say this before I get attacked by a Radgee.

    Kinda like defensive driving …

    Have you noticed lads’ N’ Lasses as soon as you hit the highway in your Car you come across a nutter within mins ?

    You tell yourself your going to have a nice peaceful day as you set off..within a few mins your ^%£%”%”%£–%%&*^*(&( !!! Nearly Killed me the BAs **rd…

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  • Joe Blog

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Online Guy

    Good backtracking there.

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  • p

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #28

    We signed our striker then…

    Olivier Kemen

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Does anyone else get the urge to give Andy Murrays mother a back handed pimp slap or is it just me ? 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #30

    BPC
    Your not alone mate!
    Same goes for Murray, bloody mummy’s boy!

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  • jmcreavy91

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #31

    “I don’t see a relegation battle as progress do you?
    Under Ashley we finished 12th, relegated, promoted, 12th, 5th, then 16th”

    Promoted, 12th, 5th, 16th. Of the last 4 years; we’ve been on an upward curve for 3/4 of them. Last year could be an anomaly and according to history it may well be. Short memories on some of you. We weren’t relegated long ago.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #32

    TADS

    I’m not aware of many clubs that have announced they are appointing a DoF in the last few months of the season. I’m not sure I like the ideas either, as it could create disruption with the manager and the squad. Especially if you appoint one who keeps spouting off garbage in the press…

    With the Wonga deal just tied up and the new TV deal due to come into affect for next season, there appears to be a lull in the MD role now. I don’t know if MA is taking up the slack or someone else, but I’m sure it will be made clear sooner or later.

    Just because some clubs have already strengthened, it doesn’t mean that we won’t. I don’t see it as a big deal that we haven’t signed anyone yet. Under Shepherd, virtually every transfer was done in the last week!

    Why do you think PEA would have joined us? Where’s the official announcement on the transfer fee? How do we know he’s even a target?!

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Aye Joe , hey Joe .. Im off to the attic ..hiding .. Naw not really I git some real nasty Job to do up there ..new floor nearly done mate.

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  • croftus5678

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #34

    i get the feeling jk wants to make a name for himself without actually knowing how to do it !

    he’s changing not only the things that was wrong or bad (i.e. getting the lesser players out and making sure pards can not pick the lesser players when better are availible) but he doesnt understand we need those better players in also when our injuries kick into action.

    and the transfer scheme is another puzzle “we will pay the money for that special player we need” makes me think wheyhey 15m+ striker here we come ! but erm…no..>..<

    all we needed was 2 strikers and 2 wingers and we would have an awsome team ! the wingers dont even have to be world class just someone who can run and cross (and doesnt have to be a ben arfa) and even the second striker can be a marcus bent (just someone to fall back on when things go pear shaped) but a top striker imo is a must even if cisse had managed 20 last season (ended on 8) its not enough +he could easily get injured ect.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #35

    And we were relegated with a squad full of mostly overpaid and overvalued players signed (or agreed to be signed) under Shepherd.

    Here’s our most regular squad based on appearances that season:
    Given/Harper
    Beye
    Enrique (very poor at the time)
    Colo (also poor at the time)
    Basssong/Saylor
    Duff (poor)
    Jonas
    Guthrie (definitely not good enough)
    N’Zogbia/Nolan/others
    Martins
    Owen

    Think of the wages that some of those players were on, mostly very very high. That’s what put us in the financial mess too.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Ashley does not trust Pardew fully..After a lot of thought this is my opinion. Joe is ready to step in ..

    If perch is away under Pardew’s nose and he wanted to keep him then the first blow has been struck ..

    Pardew could wait it out though ..he’s been through some dodgy times, he is a stayer ..

    What will Ashley do next to try and force Pardew’s hand

    How will we all feel when Joe is announced as Manager?

    Its on the card’s

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #37

    TDS
    The fee was a reported one so may be slightly off but remember reading a statement somewhere a while back that St.Ettienne confirmed they had rejected a bid from us
    I believe yeah he would of joined us if we would of gone for him either very early after the season finished or in January when we should of signed Ba’s replacement!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #38

    Jmcreavy91
    Given out squad when relegated promotion was a must, end of
    12th, 5th, 16th is not an upward curve

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  • gonufc (not Arf' bad)

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #39

    Considering it’s PSG I don’t want him to go for any less than £30m. Any less would just be a wasted opportunity.

    Not that I want him to go that is.

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  • hainesy

    Jul 3, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #40

    For any who doesn’t know Oliver Kemen is a CDM and not an ST.

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