Yohan Cabaye is not in the French squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying games against Georgia and Belarus on Saturday and next Tuesday, but that was because Yohan hadn’t played for Newcastle this season when the following his two-game ‘strike’ at St James’ Park.
Yohan Cabaye -manager will talk with him over next week
Cabaye’s absence did not please Newcastle fans, and when he was brought on last Saturday after 65 minutes , he was both cheered and jeered by the fans, but he did get some support when he was taking the corners.
Now Alan Pardew says he will be talking to Yohan over the next week or so, and we suppose this will be a test of Alan Pardew’s man management skills, which are very good.
This is what Alan said in the Daily Mirror last night:
“It was important to get him out there on Saturday, it will make it easier to move on, although there is a lot of talking to be done between now and Aston Villa.”
“We will speak with Yohan and with his representatives to make sure that we go forward hand-in-hand.” “The guy has a World Cup at the end of the year and he is a big part of France’s plans.”
“He hasn’t been picked this week and I think that was a bit of a shock to him.” “It was only because of the [transfer] situation, because I think he’s nailed on in their team.”
“That whole situation will resolve itself.”
We hope that Yohan Cabaye starts to think straight from now on, and he’s got to get out of his mind any thoughts he had of moving to Arsenal, where he would probably have ended up on the bench, as Demba Ba has done at Chelsea, after he left Newcastle in early January.
We expect Yohan to show some professionalism from now on,which he wasn’t showing when he was on strike.
And he will need to do that quickly, because his refusal to play for Newcastle did not go over well with the Newcastle fans or the France manager, Didier Deschamps.
And he owes Newcastle and their fans now big time, and we hope he’ll get his head down and concentrate on helping Newcastle do well this season – very well this season.
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