Alan Pardew mentioned a year last August that some club had come in for Yohan Cabaye late in that transfer window, and that his head had been turned, and at the time Newcastle managed to keep all their top stars on Tyneside, including Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba.
Yohan Cabaye – refused to play for Newcastle
Well that club were thought to be Arsenal, and sure enough they came in again for Cabaye last August, and offered Newcastle £10M for him, but the Magpies turned down that bid instantly, and wanted at least double that amount to let one of our best players leave Newcastle.
And the way Yohan Cabaye reacted to the Arsenal bid is now history – bad history – and not a good precedent at all – he refused to play for Newcastle.
Yohan has since apologized for that and come to his senses, and has also been punished for what he did, and we are all moving on.
Former great David Ginola has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, and David says he just doesn’t understand what Yohan was thinking about:
“I didn’t understand the situation with Cabaye.” “For me he has always been a fantastic professional.” “Not just on the pitch but as a person.”
“He’s a guy that usually respects the game and respects his club and the players.” “I didn’t understand what happened there.”
“Now he’s back on track and it’s good for the club because he’s a big asset for Newcastle United. I hope he is going to be really good in the future.
“They still need Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle to win games and do something in the league.”
Most fans have forgiven Yohan for what he did – we all make daft mistakes in life now and again – and even more will forgive the Frenchman if he can get back to his best form for the club.
And a good time to do that would be tomorrow night at Goodison Park – and a goal would help too.
Howay The Lads!!
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