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Newcastle Star Welcome Of The Break

8:08 am, Thursday, December 12th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Yohan Cabaye will miss the game on Saturday at home to Southampton, and that match is likely to be another test of this new Newcastle, and if we under-estimate the Saints we will probably lose the game.

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Yohan Cabaye – after scoring winner last Saturday

The new Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has got the side playing some great football, and they are just three points behind Newcastle in the league table, after spending the first half of last season fighting against relegation.

The absence of Yohan Cabaye because of  getting his 5th yellow card at Old Trafford, will give players like Vurnon Anita a chance to impress in the attacking central midfield role, and Yohan himself seems happy with the one week break:

“Maybe the suspension will prove to be a good thing. It will allow me to relax for a little bit because I have been very busy for the national team.”

“I could feel myself starting to get a bit tired, so perhaps the next week will give me an opportunity to relax and get some treatment that I need. It is hard to play so many games, and maybe I need this break.”

“France could have got a much worse draw,”  “The three games are not going to be easy and the teams we are playing against deserve to be playing at the World Cup as well.”

“I don’t know so much about Ecuador or Honduras, but we will not be taking anything for granted. We have to be focused on the job we have ahead of us. Our mentality has to be right, and our target is to go through to the last 16.”

Cabaye was the scorer of the winning goal last Saturday at Old Trafford, which gave Newcastle a very famous win.

But now we have to find a  way of getting all 3 points at home against the Saints, and that will not be easy against a side who are much improved this season.

What do you think?

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Santon03 // Dec 12, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    Probably the new HBA will be better option than Anita when it comes to creativity.

  • 2 Dannyo // Dec 12, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    Cabaye has played 14 games + the internationals, we’re not even half through the season and we’re not in Europe. This makes Cabaye tired.
    That’s a major, major worry if I ever saw one. Which footballer ever saw a suspension as a way to “relax”?
    Dear me, this is horrible. He’s such a flippin softie that lad.
    Someone smack him in the back of his head, have him wake up a bit.

  • 3 valle // Dec 12, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    I hope to see a simelar formation to the one against man utd. With HBA in for Cabaye.

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 12, 2013 at 8:44 AM

    Firebug,
    The Cabaye interview was done on international duty.Newcastle will not be able to restrict press interviews there as it will be under the international federations jurisdiction.

    By Premier League rules I’m sure we have to meet certain requirements in terms of interviews with managers and players, not sure what limits this will place on NUFC.

    I also highly doubt it will stop any negative publicity, or inside stories and rumours. Let’s face it how often is an inside source quoted. They probably already shouldn’t be talking to media so will this media package prevent this??

    In terms of positive publicity regarding performances, again, I doubt it has any impact. The local rags have still praised the recent performances and victories, despite their bans.

    In my opinion, it will just increase scrutiny of any actions taken by the club which can’t immediately be put in a positive light. The club are effectively putting a media target on their back.

  • 5 Hatem's better than Messi // Dec 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Great to see Yohan completely focussed on the WC, shame he has to tire himself out playing for us all season … perhaps he’ll be pacing himself?




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