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Comparison of Cabaye With Rooney Not A Good One

11:32 pm, Sunday, September 15th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

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.

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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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Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Premier League · Yohan Cabaye




9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDarnSarf // Sep 15, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Everton on the 30th will be a hell of a test. Hopefully we’ll win the 2 games before that and really set things up for Everton!

  • 2 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 15, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    comparing Cabaye with Rooney is pathetic Pardew fluck off and take Cabaye with you!

  • 3 kt97toonarmy // Sep 15, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Wow pardew cabaye nd rooney comparison hahahahaha

  • 4 JackButler // Sep 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Cabaye is a top class player but really needs to up his game after last season and this summer. We all know that he had personal issues in his life but everyone stuck by him and after his summer antics he really needs to start performing at is best week in week out now and replaying the love and faith all the fans have in him

  • 5 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 15, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    “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

    i’m sure Colo is the heart and soul of the team, i bet it’s because he’s French.

    “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.”

    over 2 weeks rest and he’s not 100%, rubbish.

    “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.

    he still got paid nether the less. now compare these with Rooney? and yes Rooney still played even though he knew Chelsea were gunning for him and it didn’t stop him playing.

  • 6 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 15, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    is there no passion in football anymore?

    it’s always about money and nothing else, typical.

  • 7 santonthenewmaldini // Sep 15, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    To be fair this is not the 1st time Rooney has been a dick he has done it quite a few times all to get a new contract or to get Man Utd to invest in players

    We can moan about Cabaye but the simple fact is if the club had properly shown ambition with buying players in the last 2 summers then Cabaye may not have really wanted to leave because we would probably have a team capable of champions league

    The shite formation we played last season with the long balls would be terrible to play under but if we play 433 all the time and Cabaye is the no 10 then who knows he might start to enjoy his football again??

    Really annoyed at how we let City pound us 1st game because they have been gash if we played like Villa away against City we would have got the 3 points

    Also it looks like a few teams may struggle at the start of the season while they get a settled team just wish we had pushed the boat out imagine if we had just spend even 10 million on Scott Sinclair and Finboggson/Long? Thats all we would have really needed

  • 8 JackButler // Sep 15, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Black and White with an army lol

    the passion in football these day’s, from most of the players anyway, is in the money and nothing else. It’s now turned into multi-millionaires chasing the money…………….a very sad indictment of modern day football

  • 9 doonundertoon // Sep 16, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    im telling you, pardew is a retard when it comes to press conferances, and shouldnt be let within 10 yards of a television camera or microphone..

    cabaye is definately not what rooney is to man utd, and going off the game on the weekend he definately isnt the heartbeat of newcastle.. ben arfa and socks influenced the game a hell of a lot more than cabaye did, i rarely saw cabaye recieve the ball let alone make anything happen, all he did was chase the ball down when it was in the aston villa half, you could of played jonas or tiote in the number 10 role in that game and would of had the exact same impact

    cabaye worked his socks off, played 2 balls to the front 3 that found thier mark, and i cant fault his performance, he really looked like a player trying to win back the support of his fans, but the point im making is, pardew shouldnt be bigging him up the way he is, he should be challenging him, saying he played well but he needs to play a lot better, more consistantly to repay the faith of the toon army, but once again he makes excuses about bigger pay turning his head and when he is 100% he will be newcastles “rooney”..

    he missed a chance to really spur a player on and get the best out of him, but he is so spineless and useless infront of the media, that i dont even think he realises that 90% of the things he says is actually a detriment to the team.

    i really hope someone spys on our training again this season so we enforce another media ban because we are 4 matches in and i already cant stand what he is coming out with..

    btw im not having a go at pardew, being a “hater” in a managerial sense even though i think he is woefull at times.. but he got it right on the weekend, and believe me it made me happier than ive been as a newcastle fan for a loooong time, he just has the media savvy of a raw potato, and it really pisses me off lol




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