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.
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.
Let us know how you think the game will go today.
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