Yohan Cabaye will be given a fine for refusing to play for Newcastle in their first two league games of the season, but he is not in the squad for tonight’s difficult game at Morecambe, and we’ll have to see if he refuses to play for a third time on Saturday, in the crucial game against Fulham.
Cabaye in pre-season at Blackpool
The news is being reported in the Daily Mail, and it is shocking that a player refuses toi play for the team simply because one bid has been made by Arsenal, and while a second bid is expected, maybe Newcastle’s asking price of £20M will scare away his two main suitors – Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.
Why he cannot play we have no idea, as Newcastle fans have their own personal problems to deal with every day – but still turn up at work, and they are not getting the ridiculously high wages a player like Yohan Cabaye receives.
Alan Pardew is in a difficult situation so early in the season, having gained only point from the first two league games, and not yet scored a goal, and being without one of the club’s best players.
Pardew is asking the player to be available for Saturday’s game against Fulham – but maybe asking is not the right word – Alan should be demanding Yohan play.
It’s a difficult situation for Newcastle, because it’s apparently still 50-50 whether he will move, and if Yohan stays, then Newcastle obviously want him in the side, and don’t want him to spread any discontent in the dressing room.
But Yohan did train with the first team yesterday, but will not travel to Morecambe for tonight’s game, but he wouldn’t have been playing in any case – but is definitely needed against Fulham.
This is what Alan Pardew said about the current situation:
“I would say that the position we are in has been forced upon us in a way, with the timing of the Man City game, which didn’t help. It is an ongoing situation.”
And it’s a good question whether PSG are waiting to come in with a very late bid for the midfielder, although the messages coming out of the Paris club lately are that they have completed their summer transfer business.
It’s a very difficult situation for Newcastle and for Alan Pardew, and it’s completely unwanted in what has to be a very important season for Newcastle United.
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