This Star Newcastle Midfielder Must Learn From Mistakes

We had hoped Yohan Cabaye would keep his head down at Newcastle this season, after he angered Newcastle fans by refusing to play for the team in the first few games of the season, something that was a huge mistake, and brought him criticism, even from Didier Deschamps, the French team manager.

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Yohan Cabaye – in action last Saturday against Norwich

But Yohan has been quoted again on French radio station RTL, and the stuff that got wide coverage was that he missed playing in the Champions League, and he hinted he may leave Newcastle at the end of the season.

To be fair to Yohan, he has been in good form for Newcastle so far this season, which is starting to look like we may be able to finish fairly high up in the Premier League again.

And of course he was the best player on the field in one of Franc’es crucial games for years last week against Ukraine, when the French  quite brilliantly came back from a first leg two goal deficit, and qualified for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.

But Yohan needs to stop giving these interviews where he intimates he may leave Newcastle, and the last thing we want to have is another circus over his transfer to another club – either in January or next summer.

Yohan made a huge mistake last August by his actions, and we just have to hope he keeps his head down, be careful what he says in interviews, continue to play well for Newcastle, and help us be a shock team in the Premier League for the second season in the last three.

Some would say we had been the shock side in all three of the last seasons, given our narrow escape from relegation last season. 🙁

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16 comments so far

  • Santon03

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    I still believe that he will stay. He asked Debuchy to join him then leave him?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Did he really say anything that we wouldn’t have expected, and that we didn’t know was in his mind already? As long as he is playing well on the pitch for us then I have no problem with the lad having aspirations and ambitions.

    Or would we prefer a squad of players that are happy just plodding along never achieving anything and never really pushing their abilities to the limit?

    As long as we have players with ambition they will be striving to achieve everything they can in the game, and surely that is a good thing while they play for us?

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3


    He left debuchy at lille…and maybe since then he has realised he is capable of more by playing champions league.

    I think he will be gone in the summer, can’t see him signing a new deal with us when he can get more money and champions league football at another club.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #4

    @santon think quite a few people over estimate friendship against career and money on here! Its more likely that cabaye recommended newcastle as a good club for him to enhance his career, which it has done for cabaye. We play good football, great support and many french players to help him settle, think debuchys move to newcastle was down to cabaye recommending us for positives as a club rather than just to play with him

  • Our Toon

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    We really seem to have a backward mentality about wingers. It’s important for wingers to track back no doubting that lads but since when has that become the first priority for a winger? Wingers first job is to ensure he create chances for the team and score goals (Gouff), just like the FB main priority should be to defend (overlapping and attacking is secondary) Sissoko provided the cross from which Shola should have scored from but Gouff did (Ruddys error), Sissoko doesn’t get into the box often enough when the cross is coming from the left. Against Spurs I wouldn’t call it a chance, it was a tough angle and the lad did well to get into the position in the first place, on Saturday he should have scored though. Bottom line is as a winger he offers a lot of running but no end product, 1 assist and 0 goals in 15 games….how is he any different to Gutierrez (who works harder) but gets slated?

    Don’t get me wrong I like the kid, think he will become a really good player. Barca played Toure at CB or DM in his time there, now he flourishes by attacking. Sissoko should be working on his game through the middle considering he is young and not on the wing which will do nothing but halt any progress he as in his career

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6


    agree with you there, that’s how i saw it too.

    Some players might be happy in one club, like the area and team mates and don’t want to move.

    Other are ambitious and want to play to their highest level…i think cabaye has that ambition.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    If he’s confident of his place in the French team and he should be … he’ll be gone in January.
    He’s available for the CL so I can see a few teams through to the group stages taking an interest in him.

    He could go for a good price.
    Shame he had to disrupt the team in August.

    Probably better for him to wait for the summer as he’s guaranteed a start with us but I think he’ll be tempted by one of the CL teams.

  • Santon03

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    If he wants CL football, then we have to finish 4th at least and he will definitely stay. It’s not like our lost if we finished 4th, wini win situation.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #9

    our toon

    sissoko has only been on the wing for the past 3 games though….before than he was central a lot, with hba on the right. He did have some spells on the right but not consistently.

    I think he offers a lot more offensively that jonas does even if he doesn’t get the assists.

    Ideally I agree we sign a genuine winger to let him move central but with current players I think sissoko is the best option to strike the balance between offense and defense.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Completely agree with your last post Lilongwe. I don’t have any problem with players wanting to play CL football, in fact I knew that from the minute he signed. Only hope we have of keeping him would be to finish close to the CL places and agree to signing players to give it a go next season.

    On Sissoko, from what I’ve seen, he hasn’t been playing as an out and out winger, it’s been more of a wide midfield role. Admittedly, I haven’t watched every minute of every game because I don’t use the streaming sites, but that’s a different role.

  • cyprus

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    So Cabaye wants out. What?! 🙂

    On Sissoko: Despite the relative dip I remain impressed with that lad. he has played centre holding, 10, 9, 7, 11 positions and has done his best in all. Definitely a versatile player. I still think box to box Toure is his position, but I do admire his application. He’s not that bad in this ‘unnatural’ position he’s playing now, certainly streets ahead of our ‘real’ 7, Obertan.

    On HBA: Yes, despite recent criticism on this blog, we need to find him a place in the team. Ok, keep a winning team, but when a loss or two happens, we need this guy, our most talented player, to step up. The reason he tries to do it all, I think, is not what I read on this blog – glory etc. It’s because he tries to ‘save’ the team and he knows he can do it. AP needs to sort this ‘misunderstaning’: Others can save us too. Anyway, solution? Give him an entire second half next game. He won’t disappoint us. That’s a promise!! 🙂

  • Blofal

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #12

    Did Cabaye refuse to play or did MA order him to not play in order to protect his asset? That normally happens when to clubs have nearly completed a deal. If he goes keep Sissoko on the right and start Anita in Cabaye’s place.

    Watching Arsenal vs Marseilles I am a little gutted we didn’t get Thauvin when he was cheap.

  • Blofal

    Nov 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Im also dreading this champions league talk… we will be in Relgation trouble again trying to play both. Even if we get the investment to field 2 competitive squads, the time needed to settle them in will be just asking for trouble.

    Europa could be ok but only if we use it as a training ground for our youngsters like last season. Its not worth risking our EPL form for Europa.

  • Sav

    Nov 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #14

    I fairness, when he signed, the club policy was to buy unknowns (relatively), bring them on and sell for a profit. Nothing wrong with that as long a s the profits are reinvested in the team. We have had great service from the little Napoleon and if it is goodbye in the summer, it will be for a huge profit.
    His strike was a major gaff but he hasn’t sulked. In fact, he is playing as well as ever now. The big doubt is, will Mashley hand over the funds to Pardew if Cabs and others leave?

  • lesh

    Nov 27, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #15

    If Cabaye and others were concerned about not playing in the CL for example, hr/ they should NOT tell the media id they sincerely wished to make progress at their clubs, their employers.

    Any such discussions should be held with Pardew or whoever, behind closed doors and in confidence.

    This is the second time fir Cabaye and he ought to be sanctioned and told that he’s sold when Newcastle United are ready to sell him.

    If he wants to play silly nuggets, then let him play with the reserves and show him that he’s not bigger than Newcastle United.

  • dcdick

    Nov 27, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Here we go again with the over-paid prima donna players.

    This is when a manager earns his/or her salary………….. what has Pardew done or is doing about this ?……looks like nothing to me.

    Who runs this club these days…………..have the lunatics really taken over the asylum ?

    Pardew out !!!


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