Newcastle Star Keeping Feet Firmly On The Gorund

Yohan Cabaye has played well so far this season for Newcastle, but since he picked up his 5th yellow card in the fantastic win at Old Trafford on Saturday, he will miss the next game against Southampton at home on Saturday.

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Yohan Cabaye – after scoring the winner at Old Trafford

Newcastle are currently seventh in the Premier League after 15 games with 26 points, but Yohan wants to keep his feet firmly on the ground and not get carried away, and he had this to say to the local press today:

“There are similarities to two years ago, but it is too early to start getting carried away,” “Five wins out of the last six matches is a very good record, and hopefully at the end, we will have the same finish as we did two years ago.”

“We can’t afford to think about the future too much at this stage, though.” “People might start talking about qualifying for Europe, or even the Champions League, but we can’t afford to think like that.”

“The Christmas period is coming, and that is always an important period. If we are in the same position as now in the middle of January, then why not start to look further forward?”

“But we have to get there first. There are going to be a lot of games in the next month, and we will have to focus on our recovery between matches.”

“We need to keep all the players as fit as we can, because that will help us play to our best, and that is the only way we can stay close to the top of the league.”

Good words from Yohan who will miss the game on Saturday, but when reminded of that after the Old Trafford win, he seemed to be welcome of the rest, after his valiant efforts for both Newcastle and France in the last few months.

It’s likely that impressive Dutchman Vurnon Anita will get the chance to start again on Saturday, although Moussa Sissoko can also play in attacking central midfield in place of Yohan.

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9 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1


    We move far too slowly in the transfer window, have never replaced Andy Carroll, Shola tries to do a good imitation but AC hold up play and goalscoring record is still better than Shola’s!! It’s coming up to a year since Ba left and he hasn’t been replaced, you talk about loan signings but for a club like ours which is in the top 20 clubs for revenue should we really be looking at loans as a viable solution? Remy has his good points don’t get wrong, but he is also the most selfish player on the pitch…more selfish than HBA. The issue with loan signings is that they are playing for themselves, there are 3 type of loanees, 1) Adebayor great on loan when at Spurs but since he was bought outright the guys been shocking (Clearly played very well to get contract). 2) Remy using us to get to another club and will always play for himself (plenty of times he’s chosen to shoot instead of teeing up a team mate that’s better placed) 3) Delefueo, young lad who just needs more experience as he won’t get it in the first team so send him out!!

    I don’t think in the long term that we gain anything from loans, if that was the case every club would be loaning!! What kind of message does it send to the likes of Sammy if someone like Zaha was bought in on loan, it just doesn’t sit right with me

  • cyprus

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Ok since Cabs is out, that’s room enough for the great HBA, with Goufy still on.

    PS. Did Cabs have a trip to Lille pencilled in for this weekend 😉

  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    On Saturday will Cabaye be in the stand at St James or PSG?

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #4

    Our toon

    I don’t mind loan signings as short term solution. Say we need a Ba or Carroll replacement as you say, we have a target but know we can get him much cheaper 6months to a year later and that saving could be used for another 1 or 2 players. I’m happy to loan a player to fill the role til we can get the lad we want in.

    Also loaning kids can out our youngsters out of joint and make them miss valuable experience but again it depends on the situation. Not so fussed on zaha myself but it depends how advanced our kids are, if they aren’t good enough no point playing them if they can’t cope with it, I’d rather take a loan signing.

    Loans are obviously not as good as permanent teams but for a club like us, who don’t have the mega bucks of the top sides loans are a good option to fill spaces in the squad what can’t be filled with permanent players at that time.

    As for being top 20 rich clubs, I’d say that’s all well and good but there are at least 6 higher than us in our league and the ones higher are miles higher, very hard to compete financially.

  • geordielad880

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    I honestly think if we got out and spend 20m in january and add some more quality we can finish in top 6, we need another striker, cm playmaker, and CB

    My side to play soton:-



    ———————ben arfa


    Would like us to rest santon, looked quite tired last couple of games, we need to start rotating a couple of players, we have a lot of games coming up

  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Alfred Finnbogason looks the best of the bunch from Iceland and has proven a reliable goal scorer in the Netherlands. Two players I would also like Carr to take a look at are Jordan Ayew and Nicolai Jorgensen (injured) as replacements for Shola and have played in the CL.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7

    The price of players will only increase again around the WC in summer so there should be no excuse like “all to expensive” this January. There are a number of players coming to the end of their contracts that will need replacing, plus others looking to leave. Jan 2015 is too far off and there is the opportunity now to bring in players that will elevate the club into Europe. (Not that Pardew can handle it)

  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8


    Sissoko in the middle where he can slot back into the middle of the defense and nick in on midfielders who have intercepted our passes.

    The back four is a minefield which I am not willing to step into any more.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9


    Sorry, got that wrong – Sissoko slot back in between the two holding ‘midfielders’ when necessary.

    HBA on the wing.


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