Now that Yohan Cabaye is still a Newcastle player, we expect him to act like a good professional and put the Arsenal saga behind him, and give 100% to Newcastle this season, and not start another circus in January, if a bigger club than Newcastle comes in for him – as he did in the summer when Arsenal were gunning for him.
Yohan Cabaye in action on Saturday
Yohan has been a good player for Newcastle in the two seasons he has been at the club, and there’s little doubt Newcastle have made him into a better player, but he should have learned a few lessons from his summer antics.
One is that it doesn’t help to go on strike, and by doing so he turned the Newcastle fans against him, and he was almost admonished by the France manager Didier Deschamps at a press conference last week, and he was left out of the French squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifying games.
Alan Pardew thinks there is still some work to do with Yohan as he has this to say:
“It was important to get him out there on he pitch on Saturday against Fulham.” “It will make it easier to move on although there is a lot of talking to be done between now and the Aston Villa game.”
“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.”
There’s nothing better for a footballer than to play for his country in the World Cup finals, and that will be Cabaye’s goal for next summer.
So how can he achieve that?
Certainly not by continuing to be unprofessional and causing trouble at Newcastle, and he needs to start playing and playing well for Newcastle, and he may just get recalled to the French squad by Deschamps.
But if he pushes for a move in January, or continues to make himself a problem at the club, that could end his chances of being in the France squad for the World Cup - always assuming France make the finals.
It’s up to Cabayey now, and we expect fans will forgive him for his stupid summer antics, but only if he knuckles down and plays well for Newcastle.
And we think that’s exactly what Didier Deschamps will be looking for too.
It’s up to Cabaye now to show his true colors.
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