We’re Still Not Sure About Cabaye But We Need A Forward


Alan Pardew seems really frustrated about the way Arsenal are going about their transfer business with Yohan Cabaye, and there’s still a huge uncertainty on Tyneside as to whether Yohan Cabaye will still be with us come Tuesday – but if Yohan is sold, we had better make sure we can bring in a  replacement in this transfer window – or else we shouldn’t sell him at all.

Alan Pardew at home

Alan Pardew – frustrated about Cabaye situation

The 27-year-old Cabaye got both cheers and jeers when he was introduced after 65 minutes today in this afternoon’s great 1-0 win against Fulham, for his first (and maybe last) appearance in Newcastle colors this season.

Ben Arfa was the match-winner for Newcastle, and after the game manager Alan Pardew was asked if he thought Yohan Cabaye had played his last game for Newcastle United:

“I don’t know until 11:00 pm on Monday.” “We have told his agent, ’Look, come on, play the game’, because we have got to replace him if we sell him,  and we can’t afford to replace him before he goes because we’re not sure he is going to go.”

“That bid needs to come in, if it’s coming in, early. If not, it won’t happen – well, I think it won’t happen, but you can never tell with this football club.” “We have got replacements in mind, but we need to act quickly if that bid comes in.”

“We still hope to get an offensive player in before 11:00 pm on Monday and we are working towards that.”

It’s simply a ridiculous state of affairs that Newcastle are in, and when clubs leave it to the last moment before they come in with their bids, like Liverpool did for Andy Carroll, it makes it almost impossible for Newcastle to bring in a replacement in the short time left in the transfer window.

But of course rather than being victims, Newcastle could take charge of the situation, by saying (for example) that they will not sell if the deal is not done by say tonight – and that would give us a little time to bring in a replacement.

But these long drawn out transfer sagas are getting to be a pain in the behind every summer.

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225 comments so far

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Aug 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #1

    @89 Norcal

    Yeah agree with that but if we got a proper left winger who can just deliver crosses into the box like the one Arfa done from the right (and Ince can do this I have seen him do it many times ) Then I dont think the question of Cisse’s place in the team will be in question as he will be getting service every game

    For me he has lost confidence in the way the team plays for so long he stopped making proper runs because he knows he is not going to get any service and some of the passes we hit him are ridiculous but I feel if we get a winger , Remy and a growing Arfa means he will make runs again because he will know he will get quality

    And if he is still off form well pretty sure a front 3 of Remy , Gouffran and Arfa could cause havoc as well

    If we got Gomis and Ince before the window closes we would actually be in great shape if we got a new manager ha ha

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  • JackButler

    Aug 31, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #2

    “but you can never tell with this football club.”

    Say’s it all, even Pardew showing his frustration

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Ever heard of getting the replacements before we sell ? . This is starting to look like Carroll all over again .

    Spurs have shown how to do transfer business with the Bale deal .

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Aug 31, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #4

    “you can never tell with this football club” Good to see Alan shares the view of most of our fans.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 31, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #5

    Big Pappa Cissé

    We can’t afford to replace before we sell as we have no money…………..according to the club anyway

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #6

    @Big Papiss Cisse We can’t go and replace him then no none comes in for Cabaye, That would be a waste of money.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #7

    It could be an option to recall Mehdi Abeid to take the place of the departing Cabaye.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #8

    @ Jack

    Yea m8 no money. Only the biggest TV deal in the history of the PL 😉

    @ Kevy

    Waste of money ? , more like squad depth and an insurance policy . It won’t look like such a waste of cash if Cabaye jumps ship leaving us high and dry scratching our heads when the window slams shut .

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Please get in gomis or some sort of forward who isn’t like a lost little boy upfront i.e CISSE

    Am a massive fan of anita aswell and agree we play better football with him in the team. however saying that he can be a replacement for cabaye is ridicoulous. We need someone with the killer pass to provide the front men with the passes and the vision.

    People even talk about how cisse doesn’t get enough service (even though I think he’s shit any ways) well without cabaye and no replacement then we have no positive forward passes that can actually carve up a goal scoring opportunity.

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  • FrankfurtMag

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Liverpool need a CB. They have 2 on Merseyside to complete deals within 48 hours, one of them being Sakho.

    Why cant we do business like any other football club in the world?

    When Cabaye is sold to Arsenal at 10:59PM on Monday, we will have to pay big to get anyone in. My bet is on Charles NZogbia for 15M.

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  • Offkey

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #11

    match on again http://nutjob.eu/ss1tv.html for those that missed it

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Why is Pardew trying to sell him. Last couple days all his said is that he’s available.

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Guarantee we won’t replace him if he leaves.

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #14

    @Big Papiss Cisse

    Just say we bought someone like Mccarthy for around 5-7 million as his replacment Then what are we gona do if he stays? Mccarthy won’t play or what happens if he does go, still can’t guarntee mccarthy will play, we could be onto something with Sissoko and Anita, Could be the start of a great partnership. I wouldn’t panic buy like.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #15

    But Kevy every top side has good squad depth to cover injuries, if Cabaye leaves then yeah we have a ready replacement in Anita to take his place, but then who’s taking Anita’s place on the bench? Obertan? Amalfitano? Gosling? No thanks. We’d need to sign another CM

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #16

    @Ruddy we have Anita, Sissoko, Tiote, Gosling, not to mention Jonas, Marveaux can play in that position. I’m pritty sure we could get through a season with that instead of acting like Arsenal and panic buying.Also if things did get desperate we could recall Abeid or play Bigi. Arsenal are a joke had the chance to sign flamini for 2 month said nah we don’t need him he isn’t good enough. Start panic buying straight away we’ll take flamini.

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #17

    ochy

    I think Pards is sending us fans a signal that there is still a strong chance he’ll be gone – and there is no way we will have time to bring in a replacement… Joke has hardly set the Toon alight with his shrewd dealings, quick decisions and skill in getting signings “over the line”. So it’s all AP trying to reduce our expectations because he really does know what a shambles it is behind the scenes. SNAFU..
    I’m not a major fan of him as a manager – he’s okay like – but he’s been pretty dignified given his frustrations are the same as ours – and his comments on Cabs reception today were spot on. I think he’s lost patience with him.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #18

    You tell the buying club that the deal can be completed when we have our replacement in, the player can agree personal terms and everything else

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  • Jinky Jim

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #19

    “and we need another forward” no shit Sherlock!

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  • yo-yo

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #20

    kevy

    The nearest we came to a panic buy was trying to fly Bryan Ruiz up to the Toon in a private helicopter just as the ink was drying on hiis contract at Fulham.. No chance – they just aren’t quick enough off the blocks

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #21

    I reckon we’ll sign N’Zogbia, Diego Gavilan and Jean-Alain Boumsong on deadline deal with a failed bid for Darren Ambrose.

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  • check the toastie

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #22

    I would defo let Cabaye go, he is overrated, he is no better than Anita and Sissoko, would for sure have macarthey from Wigan over Cabaye, have watched him outplay Cabaye a couple of times already and to be fair we could do with a bit of grit and bottle in the middle of the park.

    Cabaye is a fanny and it is time to bid farewell, where was he last year while we battled relegation, pretty anonymous is where he was.

    I will blame Pardew as he is inept, however at times players need to take some responsibility, hope he enjoys the bench wherever he goes.

    Enjoyed the game today and was Disappointed when Anita went off, Remy is a Super player by the way, a proper f#cking player at that.

    I love the Toon. Impressed how Yanga kept getting the ball off Krul, are we trying to play on the deck? bizarre we don’t hoof it long but select Shola, Pardew is a weird f#cker for certain,

    Anyway PARDEW OUT

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Kevy

    I’m not saying we should panic buy, I’m saying a plan should have already have been in place in case we sold Cabaye.

    I’d like to see a midfield three of Anita Sissoko and Cabaye as our starters. Our CMs on the bench are Tiote, Gosling, Jonas Bigi and Marveaux.

    Tiote – needs to find his form
    Gosling – isn’t good enough to start
    Jonas – see above
    Bigi – should be loaned to the Championship
    Marveaux – needs to find consistency

    So in that instance we should have a ready made senior CM to step into Cabaye’s role so that there is a smooth transition.

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  • aidytoon9

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #24

    Same old story pards!!!!
    Simple dont sell him unless we get a replacement, why can’t we play hard ball? Oh I know because Ashley wants to put 20 million in his pocket and laugh at all us fans.
    Look I hope I am wrong and a couple of players come in of top quality but really can’t see it.
    nice to see Remy look decent but lets remember if qpr come back up which is defo possible he could return back there?
    it’s a great Saturday though, us winning and sund getting beat.
    I can watch match of the day now.

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m sure we could get through a season with Anita, Sissoko, tiote, Bigi, Gosling, Marveaux, Abeid if we need him, if we really needed to.

    @Ruddy would you rather sign a cm or a forward if Cabaye leaves? I would rather spend it on an attacker.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #26

    kevymartins

    Do you honestly believe we’ll sign anyone if Cabaye leaves???

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Check

    There were some strangely positive signs from Pardew, but until he does it week in week out with players like Jonas and Tiote on the bench, I will still remain sceptical. It’d be great to see us play for 90mins the way we played in the last 15.

    4-3-3 is definitely what we should be playing, this isn’t news to people, plenty of us (if not all of us) have been calling for it as it best uses the players we have in our squad.

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #28

    yo-yo
    Yeah it’s really depressing. All this spiel about how we can’t compete financially and how other clubs struggle to sign players as well. Wenger isn’t signing anyone because he doesn’t want to and Spur’s just signed Lamela and Eriksen so he can hardly use those two clubs as examples of teams struggling to get offensive players.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #29

    Have to say judging by the way he went about his business on the pitch I think in his head he’s already gone
    Came on, have away a free kick straight away, did nothing, got booked, match finished
    If that’s the biggest effort he can muster I’d rather he just fcuked off tbh

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Kevy

    I’d rather spend the money on getting another forward in too, but why does it have to be a choice when it comes to Newcastle United? Even with Cabaye still part of the squad we need another forward, and we’ll still need a forward even if we sell him, except, if we sell him, we’ll also need another CM to replace him.

    People are letting this “refused to play” nonsense cloud their judgement. Cabaye is an excellent player, only Anita can pass like him and has the vision he has. Tiote isn’t fit to lace Cabaye’s boots, Gosling tries hard but has no real quality, Bigi is a rough diamond, Marveaux is awful lazy and Jonas…is Jonas.

    Cabaye is exceptional, and I for one would be delighted if he stays, and gutted if he leaves, especially if we don’t replace him.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #31

    @ Kevy

    You must be the only poster on here that doesn’t wan’t us to sign players 🙂 .

    Yes in an ideal world 11 players would play every game in the season but this is real life. You have to factor in injury’s, suspensions outgoings, strikes and even back up players getting injured .

    One player I would like us to bring in if Cabaye leaves is Wijnaldum.

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  • Magpie Myles

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #32

    Evening lads

    Thought Debuchy was 10x better today and loic looked great. Hopefully we will sign someone this week, that would be cracking.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Myles

    We’ve 2 days to manage it. We haven’t managed a permanent signing in 2 months. Doesn’t look good does it?

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  • ochytoon

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #34

    tads
    Yeah I agree, he looked like he didn’t want to be here and I want him to piss off back to France in all honesty, however, Pardew hasn’t dealt with the situation at all well and has been trying to flog him since the City game. I highly doubt Arsenal want him now that they’ve bought Flamini and I’d be surprised if PSG actually come in with a high enough offer. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cabaye’s here come September 3rd. He’ll have some egg on his face then.

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #35

    @Ruddy I wan’t him to stay to, Hope he stays. But in all honesty I can’t see it now, but if he does go we willl maby get around 20 million hopefully and that could potentially bring in a replacement and attacker if they re-invest it all.

    Like spurs. Selling Bale and balancing out there team by strengthening other positions and not just having a powerful left side of a team, they are looking a lot stronger now imo.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #36

    I just hope Pardew grows a set of balls and doesn’t just put Tiote & Gutierez back in the team as soon as they are back . We should play :

    ——–Sissoko——–Cabaye——–Anita——–

    ———-HBA———–Cisse——–Remy——–

    But somehow Pards will try to stick Tiote & Jonas in there .

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  • JackButler

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Our final ball is simply shocking

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  • kevymartins

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #38

    @Ochytoon Trust me mate I wan’t players brought in, but as you said Wijnaldum quality player, I wan’t the right players brought in and not us paying loads for crap players at the last minute.

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  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #39

    FINALLY! pardew showing some back bone towards the people above him.

    Either side of the fence with pardew you have to admit hes under a crappy situation doing his job.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 31, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Big Pappa Cissé

    You know, I know, everyone knows that the terrible two will be back in the starting 11

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