Alan Pardew has again supported Yohan Cabaye in his attempt to come back and take on an important role in the Newcastle side this season, and that’s what he’s had in the last two seasons at Newcastle, but after wanting to leave the club in the summer for Arsenal, we think he still has a lot to prove to Newcastle fans.
Yohan Cabaye – in action at Villa Park on Saturday
Alan Pardew is well aware that when Yohan is at his best, he can become a very important player at the club, so important that last season he stood in as the captain of the team when Fab Coloccini was injured
Yohan Cabaye was booed when he came on the field as a sub at St. James’ Park two weeks ago against Fulham, but when he came off the field on Saturday at Villa Park, he got applause from the fans.
This is what Alan Pardew had said about the 27 year-old French International:
“Yohan is just as important to us as Rooney is to Manchester United. He’s a player who carries the heartbeat and the rhythm of the team.”
“There are not many players who can do that, and there were moments when he did it here, but he will get better because he isn’t 100% yet.”
“We all know that if someone comes along and offers you substantially more money to join another organisation it can turn your head – and it did turn Yohan’s head.”
“I would not say he’s perfect in what he did, but his attitude has been perfect since the transfer window shut.” “He hasn’t fully repaired the relationship, but that will happen if he keeps playing like that.”
“The fans who clapped him off the pitch would have been impressed, but those back home want to see him do it as well.” ” He’ll sleep better knowing he has the backing of the team, the manager and a huge part of the fan base.”
It’s not really a good comparison with Rooney, and while yes – Cabaye can be important to Newcastle as Rooney is to Manchester United – Wayne Rooney showed his class when he played well at Old Trafford against Chelsea, when he was in the turmoil of a possible move to Chelsea.
That’s what will come to mind for most fans, when they see the comparison of Cabaye to Rooney, because Rooney showed his professionalism and maturity in a tough situation, and Cabaye didn’t.
But we still hope that Yohan gets stuck in for Newcastle this season, and if the game on Saturday is anything to go by, we may even have a decent team this season.
That would be a surprise – a nice surprise.
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