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Pardew Hints Top Player Could Leave Newcastle

9:37 am, Friday, November 29th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

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.

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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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Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · World Cup 2014 · Yohan Cabaye





14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rainrix // Nov 29, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Thats kind of been obvious since late august. As long as he continues to apply himself correctly theres not much we can do really. At least by the sounds of it we’ll get an overinflated fee for him, he’s a very good player but nowhere near a 20mil player.

  • 2 Our Toon // Nov 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Bills Son:

    It’s actually very relevant to us as nothing has changed with the guys management ability. Tevez went through his most barron goal scoring spell ever in his career was constantly played out of position with Carlton Cole preferred up front (Similar to Cisse who joined us in red hot form), Tevez “I don’t think he had a clear idea about my game or what to do. He was good football man but more suited to coaching English teams without foreign players with big reputations. I think that was a bit of a problem for him.” (HBA). West ham’s first season back in premiership he finished a very respectable 9th and got them to FA Cup Final (fantastic achievement) following season they were in Europe (the season he got sacked) went on a losing run of 8 successive games getting knocked out of cup by Chesterfield and out of Europa League getting knocked out by Palermo. Got the sack in December, Tevez who couldn’t score under Pards went on an amazing goalscoring run which kept them up (Under Curbashley) Mascharano played a massive part as well actually getting into the team rather than bench warming as he was under Pards (Tevez moved to Man Utd, Mascharano moved to Liverpool) Yet pards couldn’t get the best out of them.

    Fast forward to today please tell me that there aren’t similarities to what has happened to us under Pards. He is the best we will get under this regime but history has repeated itself only difference Ashley saved him by signing 5 players in Jan, forget the amount relegation would have cost us, his position would have become untenable meaning sack, big payout 8 yr contract

  • 3 Our Toon // Nov 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Rainrix:

    It is kind of obvious that Cabs is going to leave but hey lets tout the lad out anyway just in case someone missed the activities of past few days. Talk about the game at the Press Conference not about players leaving!!

  • 4 Mint // Nov 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    I’m sure Liverpool will shell out 20 mil for him – its a bargain by their standards!

  • 5 Ibizatoon // Nov 29, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    OurToon…It is possible that he was directly asked about Cabaye.

    Mind, the club aren’t strangers for avoiding questions either….

  • 6 Rainrix // Nov 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Our Toon… Haha absolutely but he needs to put him in the shop window though doesn’t he? Seriously pards if you could stop trying to show off your spectacular marketing skills that would be great :)

  • 7 70TWO // Nov 29, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Pardew the new Delboy!

  • 8 Malta Mag // Nov 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    First of all, where in Pardew’s statement has there been a mention of Cabaye leaving??? Once again people reading stuff that’s simply not there!
    If he was not leave I think he would be replaced and we would keep moving forward or Anita or Bigirimana would step up to the plate so why the panic?
    Last but not least, it’s amazing how no matter what Pardew does at our club he will never get the recognition. The bloke deserves far better in my opinion.

  • 9 Our Toon // Nov 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Ibizatoon

    It’s really starting to annoy me though. I think he has been touting Cabaye since he joined us, the guy can ignore the question or just say look I’m here to talk about football and more importantly the match. I know it’s Black Friday but howay man about time this nonsense stopped at press conferences. I personally think he is targeted on how many times to he should tout players out, when we finished 5th journos were asking him about building the team for challenging the following season….this idiot was touting Cabaye, Tiote, HBA and even Cisse who had just joined us in the winter window!! Enough is enough, talk football percy, we all know the squad is for sale

  • 10 Our Toon // Nov 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Malta Mag

    It’s simple really, it a pre match press conference. If asked the question simply reply with “sorry but that topic isn’t up for discusson” he dodges most other awkward convos (Ashley I need players). What does Pards deserve much better? Maybe that should read that fans deserve better. finishing 5th was completely negated by 16th the following season. As for Anita or Biri replacing Cabs….They don’t score or create chances for others, we need goals from midfield.

  • 11 Jeff from Benwell // Nov 29, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Our Toon
    It is just absurd to say Cabaye is being touted , anyone with a TV could see him play for France v the Ukraine.
    Do you honestly think no managers or agents have thought about Cabaye before Pardew’s presser ?
    Just another case of the whingers having another hobby-horse to ride , then beating it to death.
    Repeating bollox week after week doesn’t make it true.

  • 12 chuck // Nov 29, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    True he (Pardew) had one of the best in Mascherano @ West Ham, but had both he and and one of the worlds top scorers Tevez left sitting on the bench.
    Which sez it all about Pardews judgement of players.

  • 13 goalseeker // Nov 29, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    So in January or the summer Cabye will be away so will Krul and Colo probably Tiote and Santon is off to Italy and Remi will not sign for us. How about looking at this a different way if none of the big clubs ever wanted any of our players, if the press never thought about spreading rumours about who was going where, we would have a crap team. It is only because at last we have some good players that the rumour mill gets into full swing. Sorry did I use that swear word rumour, because that is all it is. Just as I never believe who we are going to sign according to the daily rag until they pull on the Black & White shirt nor do I believe who is leaving until they wave goodbye as they cross the Tyne Bridge. If they go they will be replaced otherwise Newcastle would have gone out of existence a hundred years ago. Get a bucket of water, plunge your hand in it, pull it out and just see how large a hole you leave behind. Forget the rumour mill, forget the speculation just wait and see and whoever pulls on the B&W give them total support.

  • 14 Sav // Nov 30, 2013 at 2:22 AM

    “Colo’s going, Cabs is touted, Champions league teams want Tim Krul.” Yeah, yeah.

    The FIRST thing, is not to sell him mid-season. Our campaign has to come first. If any player is sold in the summer, fair enough. The SECOND thing is that that momney be fully and wisely invested in the squad.




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