When Newcastle were struggling in January, we brought in five new Frenchmen, and it was always asking a lot of the new lads, to pull Newcastle to safety, and it was difficult to say the least for Debuchy, Sissoko, Gouffran, Yanga-Mbiwa and Haidara, but each one of the new signings helped Newcastle survive in the Premier League last season, although it was far too close for comfort.
Yohan Cabaye – in action at Blackpool last weekend
But we now expect all five players to be much better, now they have been bedded in and can even speak some English, and already in pre-season we’ve seen Debuchy, Sissoko, Gouffran and Yanga-Mbiwa play well.
And it’s looking like 20 year-old French U21 International left back Haidara could be loaned out to get some first team playing time next season – maybe even to a Premier League side.
Yohan Cabaye is Newcastle’s vice-captain, and he talked about the new arrivals today in the Mail:
“When you sign for a team in January, it’s never easy to change from a different league and a different country, moving club is usually difficult enough.” “When you change country you have to make sure of a lot of things.”
“Firstly, you must understand how the team plays. Plus the Premier League is very different from France and Ligue 1.” “The first few games from them were good, and we won a few.”
“Then came the difficulties with the Europa League and Premier League and trying to balance it out.” “Now they are part of the family. They are more confident in themselves and can speak English.”
“They have worked very hard, and are ready to do their jobs on the pitch.” “It’s helped me.” “I’ve only been working for two weeks, but I feel prepared for the new season and want to work hard.”
“We are working harder in training – harder than last season.” “For us, that’s better. On the pitch that has made us more confident to make runs.” “That will help us compete with the other teams next season. It is all very positive.”
There have been no offers this summer for Cabaye yet, and it looks like Monaco have cooled their interest, but if Manchester United fail to get Cesc Fabregas in from Barcelona this summer, we suppose it’s always possible they could come after Cabaye.
PSG could also do the same, with new manager Laurent Blanc publicly saying he was interested in the French player, and Alan Pardew objected to Blanc going public about a Newcastle player, and that at the same time Alan said Newcastle were interested in Remy, Gomis and Bent. .
But so far so good, and when Cabaye plays well, Newcastle play well, and we have a growing confidence this lad will still be at Newcastle come September.
And it could be that we have Remy and Gomis on board soon too, and that will mean we will have signed seven Frenchman this year.
No wonder the French media follow Newcastle’s affairs very closely, and we could have a many as six players in the French World Cup squad next summer, if we get Gomis and Remy through the door, with the other four being Cabaye, Debuchy, Sissoko and Ben Arfa.
And there’s even an outside chance that Yoan Gouffran and Sylvain Marveaux could force themselves into consideration too, and both were impressive for the Magpies last season.
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