Yohan Cabaye’s behavior in the summer ended up with him being fined by Alan Pardew for refusing to play in the first two or three Premier League games, as he tried to force through his £11M move to Arsenal, but Newcastle never budged from their valuation of Yohan, which was close to £20M, and so he didn’t move and we kept one of our best players.
Yohan Cabaye - vice captain no more
But that behavior by the Frenchman did not go down well at all with fans, and it has cost Yohan the vice captaincy of the side, and we think the decision by Alan Pardew to give the captaincy to Cheick Tiote in Colo’s absence on Saturday, was probably the right one, but the manager did have a talk with the Frenchman about why he was doing that.
Certainly there’s no hard feelings on either side, and while fans often criticize Alan Pardew, he’s an excellent man manager and has a number of top characteristics you need to be a top manager.
We’ve been impressed with his mental strength, and he’s gone through hell and high water this year at Newcastle.
Alan has talked about Yohan today in the local press:
“I don’t think he needs to keep performing to win over the supporters in the fans’ eyes,” “We are over that. But, again, with the captaincy I thought `hmm, not quite right just yet’ but I am sure he will be captain of this club at some point going forward.”
“He was magnificent against Liverpool, a real class act and he keeps reminding us that he is a special player and that is why you get interest from clubs like Arsenal because of the quality that he’s got.”
Yohan should reflect on what has happened to his career since he’s joined Newcastle just over two years ago – first of all he’s become a much better player, and he’s also picked up all 25 caps for France.
When he arrived at Newcastle he had been in the French squad but didn’t have a full cap for France.
It’s a case with Yohan of being happy with what you have – and not unhappy at what you don’t have – there’s the secret to a happy life right there. .
And maybe he should have a talk with Demba Ba, who’s in the wilderness at now, after leaving a successful career at Newcastle in January.
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