Yohan Cabaye did not have a very good second half of the season, after he came back from that groin injury, and the French International struggled with the rest of our players, but Newcastle did avoid relegation, and that was a huge relief.
Yohan Cabaye – looked good in pre-season
But the 23 times capped French International has looked like his old self in pre-season, and when Yohan Cabaye is on song, Newcastle always play well – and he’s such an important player to the side at the moment.
Cabaye has been linked with Manchester United, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germaine this summer, and Alan Pardew still seems concerned in case a huge bid comes in for the Frenchman late in this transfer window:
“You’ve got to be on your guard. You’re always vulnerable to a top, top club coming in and blowing us out of the water. We’re keeping our eyes on everything.
“We’ve got some very good players here, and that’s what I think some of our fans should focus on a little bit.” “We’ve got Sissoko – who’s had five months in the division and will be better for it – and we’ve got Cabaye, who’s as good as I’ve ever seen him.
“Papiss looks really well now, now he’s had that training. We’ve got Mapou, Colo and Tayls. We’ve got two great goalies and an Italian international full-back in Santon.”
It seems there that Alan is trying to convince himself we have a good squad, but the truth is we have – and apart from striker, we’re in very good shape in every other position.
And even after all the travails and frustrations of this summer, if Joe Kinnear can get Bafe Gomis through the door in the next couple of weeks, we’ll have an excellent squad – and Newcastle should do very well next season.
It’s a difficult time right now for Newcastle fans – no doubt about that - but let’s keep the faith.
But we need that top striker through the door first – over to you Joe.
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