Yohan Cabaye has come in for significant criticism for the unprofessional way he went about trying to force a move away from Newcastle to Arsenal in the summer, and there were plenty of other players who were linked with big moves, who didn’t let is go to their heads, but kept doing the right thing and playing for their clubs.
Yohan Cabaye – after he came on against Fulham
Wayne Rooney was a good example of that, when he came on and played a great game against Chelsea, while his future was up in the air and he could be joining the London club, but to play was the right thing to do.
What wasn’t the right thing to do was to go off and sulk like Cabaye did.
Former Newcastle great Malcolm MacDonald never pulls his punches, and he has this to say in the Chronicle about Cabaye:
“If ever a player got it wrong it was him.” He went on strike at Newcastle and now he has to repair the damage with the Toon Army, because Arsenal never followed up their initial offer and probably only saw him as a squad player anyway.”
“Cabaye made a dreadful decision not to play in the first three matches of the season and his agent ought to have warned him against such a confrontational stance.”
“Others did it well – Marouane Fellini at Everton who played right up to the death and Wayne Rooney, wanted by Chelsea, but Manchester United’s star man played against them.”
“To be fair I thought the Frenchman did well when he came on as a sub against Fulham.” I have never heard a Newcastle player being booed on to the pitch by his own fans, but he went about his business well and played a significant part in lifting the team.”
Malcolm is right in that Cabaye did well when he got on against Fulham, and in fact in those last 25 minutes of the game Newcastle even looked a good side, and were moving forward all the time until Hatem Ben Arfa hit that scorcher to get all three points for us in the 87th minute.
We have to hope that Yohan now shows a lot more professionalism and starts to play consistently for the Magpies, and it seems to have done him no good either with the France manager Didier Deschamps, who said it was never good when a player goes against his own club, and he was left out of the France squad for the two Wolrd Cup qualifiers.
What do you think?
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