After Yohan Cabaye made one of the biggest mistakes in his football career, by refusing to play for Newcastle in those first few games of the season, he has kept his word to Newcastle fans, and done his talking on the pitch – and he’s been in very good form for Newcastle, as the team has surged up the league table with three successive league wins in a row – which doesn’t happen very often for any PL club this season.
Yohan Cabaye – in excellent form for Newcastle
Alan Pardew was his upbeat self in his press conference for the West Brom game yesterday, and he talked at length about Yohan, whom he says is the best midfield player he has ever worked with, and Alan also thinks Yohan is one of the best players in the Premier League:
“This is a campaign which is going to be very crucial to Yohan Cabaye. There was a lot of speculation that he was going to move but his application has been spot on.”
“He is under contract with us and of course, that is where his future lies until such time as we say his future does not lie here.” ”So in some ways, it is not cut and dried in any shape or form.”
“But I don’t want that to appear as a negative for Yohan because it is a World Cup year for him and I think we are all aware there will be a lot of eyes on him between now and the end of June.”
“There are a lot of big clubs who would be interested in him, I’m sure.” “He has repaired his relationship with fans by his performances which have been as good as he has played for us.”
“There is a real focus in him at the minute and certainly as a forward passer, he is as good a midfield player as I have worked with and I have worked with a few very, very good ones. So that puts him in the really top bracket.”
“I think he is one of the best players in the league.”
We’re not sure what “it is not cut and dried in any form means” and it seems that Alan thinks some big clubs could be coming after his at the end of the season.
But if Yohan Cabaye continues to star for Newcastle, and then heaven forbid play for France in the World Cup like he did in that game against Ukraine, where he was the best player on the field and ran the game for France, it will be very hard to keep this player at Newcastle.
And if he does play well for France in Brazil, Newcastle could even get the £20M fee they wanted from Arsenal for the player last August – and some top club could come in with a bid like that – even another Premier League club.
But it could be that Yohan’s next step in his football progression is away from Newcastle, and at a more ambitious club that plays Champions League football every season.
And that’s not Newcastle these days.
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