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Cabaye Should Start – He’s Paid To Play For Newcastle

5:31 pm, Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will be in charge of his 100th Premier League for the Magpies in the game against West Ham United tomorrow, and what Newcastle really need is all 3 points, but it’s not all clear that we can get the win against what looked like a good side last weekend, when the Hammers beat newly promoted Cardiff City 2-0 at Upton Park.

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Yohan Cabaye – surely he will start tomorrow?

There was an unwelcome distraction last Monday afternoon, when it was announced that Arsenal had put in a derisory bid of around £12M for Yohan Cabaye, and that could have upset the Newcastle team, as Yohan Cabaye was not in the squad for the game at Manchester City, because he was not in the right mind-set to play.

We’ll have to hope he’s in the squad tomorrow for the Hammers game, because if he’s not, it will be bad news for the fans and bad news for the side – since we need out best players playing when they are fit to play.

Alan had a tough week last week and this is what he had to say about it:

“It’s not been the easiest of weeks. There’s been a few agendas in my time as Newcastle manager, but this has certainly been very colorful.” “But it’s my hundredth Premier League game in charge of Newcastle this week and I’m very proud of that.”

“We need to get a couple of results and pretty quickly I think. Two home games give us a new chance after a difficult night on Monday, when there were a whole manner of issues going on.”

“I have to say on reflection in the first half I think we played very well but they came at us from all angles, and unfortunately on the night we couldn’t quite cope with it – on another night it might have been easier for us.”

“More than anything I feel sorry for our fans, this whole situation of watching their team struggle and get a sending-off and one of the best midfielders in the world not playing – it’s hard to take.”

Pardew would not comment on whether Cabaye would be in the side or not tomorrow, but with a transfer not being imminent because Arsenal have not come back (yet) with an improved bid, and PSG have even been reported to have withdrawn from the race to sign him,  why wouldn’t Yohan play tomorrow?

So there will be some excitement at around 2:00 pm tomorrow afternoon, when we’ll see what the team is, and we hope Yohan Cabaye is in the starting line-up, and we hope he has a very good game and helps Newcastle get the victory.

That’s what we need tomorrow, and things will start to look juts a little more rosy in the Newcastle garden.

Let us know how you think the game will go tomorrow.

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45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DevonToon // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:33 PM


    Question… if cabaye does stay, would you all be happy him walking strait back in the team after his blatant bullpoop, ” my head aint right “. I personally think he should sit out a few, earn his shirt again the cheeky ####

  • 2 kilcline // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Get out Pardrew, we have no clue under you.

  • 3 elpaso_geordie // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    with regards previous comments , I think Anita would be decent in a quick passing team with good movement, however we are anything but therefore he looks bang average at best and I fail to understand peoples clamour to get him in the team.
    Certainly though every game he doesn’t play he becomes a better player in people’s heads than he actually is .

  • 4 kilcline // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    I would rather Gosling started than Anita

  • 5 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Has anyone actually come out and said why Cabaye wasn’t in the team? As far as I know, nobody has said whether Cabaye refused to play or someone else at the club withdrew him from the team. When a bid from a CL team comes in a few hours before the match, it wouldn’t be a great surprise if Pardew made that call.

    But yes. He should definitely play tomorrow if fit.

  • 6 Shearer.Milburn // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    TDS the bid came in on friday and not monday as we were led to believe. I reckon cabaye was withdrawn to protect him in case a big bid came in

  • 7 nico // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Get shot of Cabs if he doesn’t want to play.
    Get Gosling in, he’ll score from midfield given a run in the team.

  • 8 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:48 PM


    Where did you hear about that?

  • 9 nico // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    I don’t understand how it takes so long before other higher bids come in. If I were Arsenal I’d up bids by 2 million until 16 million then say that’s the final offer. All within one day. Either buy him or not.
    If they leave it till the last day of the window, then we sell him, only one person will be happy….Ashley.

  • 10 toon kk // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Do you not think as soon as a bid came in for Cabaye MA would say keep him out in case he gets injured and couldn’t be sold? Imo it’s what he has been waiting for a big money sale.

  • 11 Jonny // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Anita would be such a good player at somewhere like Swansea, a team who actually pass the ball. Feel sorry for the lad.

  • 12 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:54 PM


    A player’s valuation can only be measured against the needs of the two teams involved and the other players that are available. So they will be going for several other players at the same time.

    The ridiculous thing is really – if Cabaye was Arsenal’s number one choice to sign, then why didn’t they move in 2 months ago?! It’s not as if he’s unknown in the PL…

  • 13 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 23, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    toon kk

    Maybe. But I still don’t but the theory that MA is desperate to sell Cabaye. We don’t know if the decision was made by MA, Pardew or Cabaye but if he goes then I want to know the truth. If he doesn’t go, then I understand certain things need to be kept internal.

  • 14 hoppernufc // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    the thing with anita is the same as many of our players we simply dont play to there strenghts we totally bypass them 99% of the time. anita was fantastic for ajax bur they way they used him we never will so who knows if hell ever make it for us, hopefully he dose cos hes got loads of potential needs to be on the pitch regulary to show it though.

  • 15 Ben3arfa // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Cabaye SHOULD play but that fat turd Ashley wants to protect his investment and pocket the profit.

    Dirty evil man . DARK TIMES for the toon

  • 16 hoppernufc // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    jonny– totally agree.

  • 17 sparky55 // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    re anits…he will know tomorrow if he has a future at newcastle. if cabs doesn’t play and he doesn’t start then he’ll be gone too.

    re PSG…they haven’t withdrawn, they just don’t want to get in a bidding war…he is defo going to PSG and the price will be 18 million

  • 18 Cabyebye // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    They should install a glass ceiling to go with our brick wall gate.

    We will never challenge for anything under Ashley.

  • 19 ballerfan2 // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    I have to smile when bloggers who are so quick to criticise Kinnear, not wrongly I must add, for getting players names wrong, are then incapable themselves of spelling the names of players or even our esteemed manager correctly.

  • 20 hoppernufc // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    what i would give to have solano and robert back, great delivery exciting to watch and unreal goals. we are pathetic on the wings now like we hav no proper wingers in the squad.

  • 21 nufc_eire // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    3 in by saturday…should be a busy night then so 🙁

  • 22 Novocastrian66 // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    If Shola starts, I’m boycotting!

  • 23 Indian Magpie // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Cabaye Not Playing because he is not in his right mind. Why is Pardew Managing then.

  • 24 bills-son // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I am not claiming to be an ITK but I hear bits and bobs through an agent I know and I’ve heard that Cabaye’s head was turned last summer and he was told by the club that if a Champs Lge team made an acceptable offer he would be allowed to go.

    That’s why Pardew has been saying he was worried about bids for Cabaye but the Arsenal bid isn’t an acceptable offer – but Cabaye wants to go. That’s where the head not right stuff comes from. I believe (just my opinio) that the offer was made on the Friday and when it was rejected out of hand his agent has been tapped re the wages Cabaye couldcget and that is what queered his head further on Monday.

    One thing I believe for sure, if Arsenal or any other club dont pay whatever fee Ashley wants he’ll be going nowhere. If that happens I’m pretty certain Cabaye will play and give his best for the club.

  • 25 sparky55 // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    ballerfan…that’s called progress mate…technology trying to think for you and second guess what you’re typing and predictive text on Smart phones…you try it!

  • 26 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I dont think cabaye should play, either the club pulled him out or he didnt want to play v man city we dont know but I dont think players should walk straight back into the team doesnt matter how good they are his place should go to anita he deserves a chance cabaye to me doesnt

  • 27 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM


    if cabayes agent was told wages ect by arsenal that is tapping up another player from another club whos under contract to me arsenal should be brought to a tribunal and cabayes agent as well

  • 28 sparky55 // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    bills….he’s gone…whether it’s for less than 20 or not…BTW the figure i’ve heard that’s already agreed is 18 million…but one things for sure…he won’t play for us again

  • 29 scottoon // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Of course he should be on the pitch. Imagine you get a job offer somewhere else. Do you tell your boss your head isn’t right and you have to stay home until the details are worked out? Never gonna happen. Surely the team has a sports psychologist who can get inside his head and straighten him out.

  • 30 Pokat // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Was Anita fantastic at Ajax or just good? As part of the Ajax unit and in the Eridivisie, he may have sparkled but here he is out of his zone and without the structure of team support. As a player thrust on as a sub to make a difference he is unfortunately ineffective, partly down to the fact he comes into a shapeless team setup, and partly because he lacks the qualities of a true game-changer. He was bought without anyone connecting the dots as to how Pards et al would actually utilise him.

    Marveaux is also out of place, only he is also a bit femmer, can’t last a half out without fading never mind a game.

    Debuchy is slowish on the turn but that shouldn’t be a worry, he needs to learn from Colo how to use his vision to anticipate and guard his corner of the pitch. His runs up the wing are pointless and distracting, also puts pressure on the defensive mid.

    Part one that was ha ha.

  • 31 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    oops not tribunal but to book over it

  • 32 santonthenewmaldini // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Still cant believe people are still bitching about Anita

    The boy is a quality midfielder who never gets a chance under Pardew same with criticism of Santon yes he has made mistakes but when in 90% of the game he is expected to control the whole left hand side in terms of defending and making an attacking contribution its no wonder he gets caught out ! Put a proper left winger who will attack he will not get caught out as much because our attacks will not break down as much because there will be a ball into the box!!

    The players who have let us down time and time again are Jonas, Taylor, Ameobi, Williamson and Tiote could guarantee if we got a proper manager like Laudrup etc they would get nowhere near the bench !

    We have quality players like Anita, Marveux and Vuckic who should be getting some game time

    Don’t worry once Pardew gets the sack and we replace him with Poyet in a few weeks he will start playing players and a system that will show everyone the quality of the above mentioned players !

    I think we will grind out a win 2moro but part of me would prefer us to get beat (cant believe i just said that) so Pardew would get the sack quicker as I cant bare to watch the shite he serves up its clear the players cant be bothered with him

  • 33 Tino asprilla // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Without knowing the ins and outs as to why cabaye didnt play on monday, i dont think we are in a position to comment whether he should play tomorrow

  • 34 Cabyebye // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    I would trade Cabaye for Pastore given half the chance, c’mon then PSG. 😀

  • 35 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:17 PM


    I watched anita play in holland and hes always done well tidy keeping the ball distributing the ball fine, players need to play all the time since anita has been here hes hardly played and thats down to pardew, I think marv is a tidy player hes decent enough he maybe hides a bit during a game but hey dont they all and debuchy time will tell but i am not impressed at the minute by him thats for sure

  • 36 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM


    do you know who hes joined hopefully not arsenal cant stand that team nor arsene wanker

  • 37 Pokat // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM

    @32 I am not bitching about Anita I am just saying that he isn’t the game changer and never will be, but he could be a very effective midfielder if our system and the players around him were changed a bit. Just saying what I see. There are reasons he doesn’t start much.

    Don’t get me started on Vukic though. Time and opportunity has passed him by, another promising youth player that fades as a man. Sad but thats football.

  • 38 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:22 PM


    your right hes not a game changer but given the chance he will do well though

  • 39 ash1001 // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Cabaye – is he even in the country if the Colo situation last season is anything to go by, he’s probably sunning himself in the south of France somewhere.
    Hell we are such suckers, Martinez played Fallini and Baines and Man U are hovering, the same applies to Rooney and Chelsea. Come on Mike show how strong you are, the same as you in business, and tell him he playing, regardless of what he or Pardew wants, if he has a stinker haul him off and let the fans say what they think of him.

  • 40 magpie0722 // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Of course Cabeye should play, our prick of a manager should make sure he does and the only person getting in his head should be our manager. Thats exactly what he gets paid for, to make sure players are focused and motivated to play and win matches. Enough of all this sh&*e coming out of Pardews mouth – get on with your job or fcuk off.

  • 41 blew // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    TDS @ 8
    Came from Micky Quinn during an
    interview, via his contacts.

  • 42 JaxtheMag // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    cabaye bye bye he is not playing tomorrow. neither is tiote

  • 43 EastEndMagpie // Aug 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I personally see Anita as a attacking player, he has great pace, ball control and vision, and he can shoot and finish aswell,

    He’s far too small to play a defensive role, he doesn’t have the endevour of a player like Ramires or Gustavo who are imilar sized CDM’s, and in all honesty he is probably a better player than them technically,

    I think he could be a great attacking fullback as he played at Ajax aswell, but again, his frailties in size hinder him defensively, so for me, he’s best suited as either a winger like Guttierez, who is a all rounder that happily adds to the defense, but actually offers qualtiy, pace & a final pass aswell, or, a attacking midfielder, I think he could really run a game with the right defensive cover.

  • 44 south coast toon // Aug 23, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    listen ere me old frog mate u aint going anywere for 12 mil so getv on that pitch and show them what you can do in the next couple of games as if they dont up there offer to n20 mil you be stuck ere, now the chioce is yours and just so you know you wont be getting any game time ere if you piss us about and its wourld cup year its in your hands do you want to get out there and cshow em what you can do or vdo you want to pine like a love sick school kid for the girl that wont look at you. thats if bhes refused to play

  • 45 dcdick // Aug 24, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Pardew out !!!

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