Newcastle were struggling enough in pre-season, than to also have Yohan Cabaye become difficult once Arsenal lodged that bid for him just over a week ago, but that’s what’s happened, and now the next seven days is all going to be about Yohan Cabaye, who has decided he doesn’t want to play for Newcastle again, as he tries to force a move away from the club that made him into a world class midfielder, since he was signed over two years ago from Lille.
Yohan Cabaye – his mindset is a problem
And if Yohan Cabaye does go in the next seven days, it’s hard to know who will replace him.
Alan Pardew is under some pressure now, and this is what he said about the Cabaye situation today:
“We need to resolve it,” “If he goes, good luck to him.” “We need to replace him with somebody as good – we’re on the case with that. We have to be armed – you’ve got to be armed.
“You can’t say he’s definitely going to stay. So the mindset of the player is such that we need to be on guard.”
Newcastle have been linked earlier in the summer with James McCarthy of Wigan, but as usually happens with Newcastle these days, his price tag of £15M could be a problem, even if we get £20M for Cabaye.
Newcastle like to get super big fees for the players who are leaving, but we tend to be rather frugal when bidding for players, and that’s cost us dearly over these last two summer transfer windows.
Newcastle have also been linked with Yoann Gourcuff of Lyon, and the 27 year-old has been capped 29 times by France, and would be an excellent buy.
And maybe if Newcastle went after him, they could do a double deal with Lyon for Yoann and Bafe Gomis, and the French club certainly need the money, and could be willing to give Newcastle a decent deal on the two players – we suppose that could be a possibility.
Newcastle are said to be drawing up a list of players who could replace Yohan Cabaye, but the more this thing drags on this week, the more chance Newcastle could be left high and dry and not have time to replace Cabaye.
That’s what happened with Andy Carroll in January, 2011, and it seems Newcastle don’t learn from their mistakes, and because of that, history tends to repeat itself, as it did in January, when we failed to replace Demba Ba and we were left short of strikers.
That’s the big worry in the next seven days, that Yohan leaves and we are left high and dry – yet again.
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