Newcastle Player Has Now Turned A Corner

We’re not sure whether Yohan Cabaye will start the game today at Aston Villa, after Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko have played so well in the last two league games in central midfield,  but it seems the new father of a baby girl has turned a corner, and is now focused only on playing well for Newcastle.

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Yohan Cabaye – in pre-season – turned a corner

It was a big mistake that Yohan made when he refused to play in  the first two league games for Newcastle, but Alan Pardew has tried to defend his actions a little bit, by saying he was influenced by his agents, but he even drew criticism from France manager Didier Deschamps for refusing to play for Newcastle.

But to his credit Yohan has trained well all week, and it seems that he has put his disappointment of not joining Arsenal behind him, and will play some part in the game today at Villa Park.

This is what Alan Pardew told the press today about Yohan, who used to be our vice captain:

“I had a little discussion about the window shutting and about his new baby girl, and you can just tell that he’s turned a corner. Sometimes players don’t – they continue the process of wearing the disappointment.”

“It must have been a difficult period for him as well. He would have been influenced by his agents, who obviously had a stake in the transfer. I’m not saying he was perfect in the way he handled it – I don’t think he was – but he is a very focused person.”

“I think that has helped to turn him around.” “You can tell his eyes are firmly fixed on Newcastle and France.”

Newcastle fans don’t like it  when very highly paid players decide they don’t want to play for the team, but the Geordie fans are also forgiving,  and just as long as Cabaye shows total commitment to the cause he will be forgiven for his selfish actions.

And it would help if Yohan can get on the goals trail, and while we expect a tough game at Villa Park this afternoon, we also are hoping we can take something out of this game.

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6 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Sep 14, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #1

    All fine then! Just a little detail Cabs: apologise to the fans…

  • niafron

    Sep 14, 2013 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #2

    Bonjour messieurs.

    Expected team?

  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3


    Agree with you there. He should apologise to the fans and his team mates.

    Maybe not the club/manager as they may have promised him he could leave, anything can happen behind closed doors but what’s for certain is we have always backed him so he should return the respect to us.

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Sep 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #4

    hopefully we can get a clean sheet today. We should look to out muscle this Villa midfield, that’s were the points are to be won IMO. If we continue like we finished the Fulham game then we could be looking at all 3 points!


  • Transfer Sage

    Sep 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5


    Maybe the same that started Fulham? Possibly remy in for shola.

    While your here..what is mbiwa like? I’ve not been impressed at all after the big reputation he had on here. His positional sense seems por and he can’t hold a line, mainly getting in the wrong place to deal with a cross.

    Is that just me being too harsh? Or him still adapting to our team? Or is he just overrated?

  • niafron

    Sep 14, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    @Transfer sage

    In France, Mbiwa got an high reputation for his maturity.

    The msot impressive things about him are his self control and his charisma (Pardew didn’t labeled him a “future captain” for nothing).

    Concerning his skills on the pitch, i think he’s a perfect match for Colo, doing the physical job and Colo covering him.

    So he’s a good player, but sure not as side defensor.

    Keep him on a CB position and he will perform very well with time.


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