Newcastle Star Is The Main Man – He Should Savor That

Yohan Cabaye could learn a lesson from the departures of players like Andy Carroll and Demba Ba from Newcastle, and these players were the top men at Newcastle when thy played for the club, but they have both ended up struggling at their new clubs.

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Yohan Cabaye after scoring winner at Old Trafford

Andy struggled mightily at Liverpool after his £35M departure from his home town club nearly three years ago, and since his £17M transfer to West Ham last summer, he’s been injured and hasn’t played yet this season and West Ham’s £100K/week six-year deal is now looking decidedly dodgy from a financial viewpoint.

Demba Ba was the top striker at Newcastle for 18 months after arriving as a free agent from West Ham in the summer of 2011, and he scored 29 goals in 58 appearances for the Magpies, but elected to leave for Chelsea last January, and he’s struggled to get games in London under Jose Mourinho.

So it’s more than interesting what Alan Pardew has told his top midfielder Yohan Cabaye:

“I’ve seen £22M  mentioned as the price for Cabaye, but it isn’t our price. (it must be £44M). We don’t want to sell him, of course we don’t.”  “He is the main man here and he’s got the platform to be the main man at a big club and you don’t get always get that.”

“He should savour that and take it all the way to France and beyond to the World Cup, because if he stays where is now he’s going to be a major influence at the World Cup.”

“It’s not strange that Arsenal were interested in Yohan but in the end they went with Ozil.” “That’s been particularly good business for them, but I think the better piece of business was us keeping Yohan Cabaye.”

“I’m only focused on my players.”

After Arsenal came in for Yohan last August and bid £11M for him, and Yohan Cabaye wanted away and went on strike to try to force through the move, Yohan has been true to his word and done his talking on the pitch, and he’s been brilliant for Newcastle, and has 5 goals so far this season.

Yohan still has half of his five-year deal to run on Tyneside, and maybe the club can offer him a new extended deal – that will help keep the French International at Newcastle for years to come.

What do you think?

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26 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Jail’s too good for Ashley.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Dec 27, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #2

    Cabaye is wanting away. I havn’t forgotten the way he behaved in the summer.

    He has ambitions nothing wrong with that at all.

    Being realistic here, I don’t think we will be entering the champions league anytime soon and this seems to be Cabaye’s agenda.

    Who will we replace him with is the question?

    Do we just put Anita in there?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 27, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Fair play to Ashley if he won’t accept 22M for Cabaye, although he can afford not to.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Dec 27, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #4

    If Cabaye leaves then I would go for Valbuena or Grenier to replace him.

  • Harley

    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #5

    I keep saying this but if cabaye goes to arsenal he’ll be a bit part player. He will not get in to their first team.
    They have so many cm I’m even surprised they want him.
    I don’t think he’s world class like a lot on here. I think he’s very good but not a top echelon player.

  • Ciaran

    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #6


    You being serious? You think he wouldn’t get in ahead of the likes of Rosicky, Arteta or Wilshere? Behave.

  • Blofal

    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Remember in an interview he said only Joe Kinnear knows the truth?

    Don’t be so quick to assume that he just refused to play. We still really don’t know what happened there.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #8

    Cabaye did refuse to play.

    Alan Pardew has said just as much, he says he was pnamed in the squad and Cabaye refused.

    He was warned and fined wages im sure.

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #9

    There is nothing wrong with having the ambition to go to a club that is regularly challenging for trophies. That’s why players play. Part of going to a bigger club is often being a smaller part of a bigger machine. Would he rather be king in of Newcastle or a bit part at Arsenal? Only he can decide that.

  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #10

    Yohan’s not away this winter – I feel it in me watts!

    Pardew’s language suggests he’s trying to persuade Cabaye to say with us and be guaranteed a start. He’s citing Ozel to let Cabs know that he was bur a pawn in the games of negotiation. How much did Ozel cost Arsenal? Over three times what they bid for Cabaye.

    Now Yohan, there’s a message there for you. Stay where your valued being a star with Newcastle United and France. Maybe no ECL next season but stick around and…..,

  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #11

    Correction – I feel it in me watts = watta!!!

    Mickey mouse fone can’t spell

  • Ciaran

    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Why do people assume Cabaye would be a bit part player for Arsenal? If anything I think he would be perfect for their style of play and would be a key player for them.

    Obviously I want him to stay here, but the fact that people keep undermining his ability makes me wonder if he actually is valued by our fans.

  • clinath@ed

    Dec 28, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Cabaye will go nowhere until the World Cup is over. He is currently playing with nearly a third (?) of the French team here at NUFC.
    I can’t see him risking any distraction, even CL….lt can all wait until September at least.

  • Anita the Legend

    Dec 28, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #14


    “Behave” you say?

    You’re blind my friend. Cabs has some quality for sure, but when you’re at a top club, a whole lot more is expected of you. There is absolutely no way on this earth that he would be an automatic pick for a side like Arsenal, no way.

    Get your head out mate. Rose-tinted views as usual by silly Toon fans. He’s not world class and we all know it. To be a star for a mid-table team proves nothing. He’d disappear into a high-quality squad like Ars, soon be forgotten about.

    Anything go close to £20mil for him or £6mil for Santon and we should be laughing ourselves stupid!

  • swemag

    Dec 28, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Ashley for good to Jail.

  • swemag

    Dec 28, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #16

    @ Anita

    I think he has proven that he is a classy midfielder that has a lot to offer any team in this league.

    World class, I am not sure what that means, but the only one in the Arsenal midfield that I see as a better player is Osil.

    The thing with the bigger clubs is that no one walks in to those teams as they always have 2-3 players for each position that are usually internationals. They have that to be able to cope with their schedules.

    Cabaye would be playing plenty in Arsenal and he would not look out of place.

    Anita is growing but I am not sure he will ever reach the level of Cabaye.

    The money. the scary part of selling Cabaye is not really about the money we would get for him but that it would be completely impossible for us to get anyone even close to his level to sign for us.

    Here I expect a lot of Ashley haters to catch on about our ambitious level and so on. And honestly, we have a golden opportunity with the squad we have now, we build or we loose the momentum. If we don’t make the CL this year I think Cabaye is gone and Remy will be signed up by Spurs or Arsenal.

    January transfer window is a big one and so is this spring. Given the schedule and European commitment of some other teams, we might just have a chance.

    Yes everybody, no ambition bla bla bla. You have a point here, with our current strategy I think we have reached our limit, no CL this year and next season will be one of rebuilding.

  • lesh

    Dec 28, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #17

    Ciaran. Have you got a positive thought for Newcasltle United in your head?

    Ate you posing on the right blog? Should you be posting on a Toon-centred site at all??

  • swemag

    Dec 28, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #18

    …and on our European ambition.

    If it is EL next year. Send out the kids unless we have made significant squad strengthening. And no one sees that happening, correct?

    I believe it is not only the physical strain but also the mental tiredness of the players thinking of a second tournament. Leaving on a Tuesday morning coming home late Wednesday then starting preparation for Saturday immediately.

    EL is a waste of time and players like Cabaye, Tiote, Debuchy, Santon, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Colo, Goufran should not even be considered for those trips, their minds should not bothered. Hell, they should send John Carver with the under 21s and the fringe players. Keep Pardew at home. I guess that would send a signal to the FA and the UEFA.

  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Dec 28, 2013 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Only one “star” player has left for so called greener pastures and actually done ok… Not good or great but ok… And this is since we were promoted back to the premiership and that’s Kevin Nolan… He has played alot of matches and made more money but for a much smaller club in west ham and the only season he played up to par with his seasons on tyneside was west hams promotion campaign in the championship…. Since then he has been average at best for a smaller club with less success… All the rust have been utter busts, Simpson, played his heart out for the toon and even though debuchy is far better and I would not take simmo back over debuchy he was good for us while he was here, have t heard anything from his since he left… Ba has been a fringe, squad, bit, reserve player for chelski and has done nothing, Carroll, built our whole team to where it is now think you very much and in return Liverpool got a season of shite play out of em and injuries, and half there money back when they pawned him to west ham where he is a walking mash clinic and has not played… Best, got hurt soon as he left for a smaller club, Barton, don’t even know if I’m honest, am I missing anybody, nobody has left the toon as a star and really done well, take note cabs!!!

  • JFK saving the world

    Dec 28, 2013 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #20
  • cyprus

    Dec 28, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #21

    Congrats to AP and team for that statement but if Arsenal or PSG give us 22 mil. I’d take it. With that kind of money I 🙂 can buy 2.5 top top prospects. Let’s not forget the man wants out and last year he was sxxxe. My only concern would be if that were a start of a mass French exodus. I’d be more concerned if the likes of HBA, Deby were to leave.

  • cyprus

    Dec 28, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #22

    Totally disagree with that rant.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #23

    I don’t get the posts that boast about the lack of success that players who leave achieve, what are they trying to say, that everyone who leaves is shite ?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Dec 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #24

    I wouldn’t want to loose Cabaye; not because I don’t think we can find another player at the same level, but because I don’t think we will!

    …I would rather we focused on upgrating our fringe players so we finally can have a 22 man squad where Pardew is confident in using every single one of them 🙂

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 28, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Completely with you on that. Someone was saying the same thing about the players who left when we went down, forgetting that they picked up at least 5 winners medals after leaving between them.

    It isn’t like the players who have stayed have collected any awards or trophies.

    Also, to bring Leon Best into it saying that he left and broke his leg is a bit odd. Are we saying that if Cabaye leaves he will get his leg broke??

  • AmericanGeordie

    Dec 28, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #26

    If we don’t finish in a champions League spot, and a CL club offers us north of £20mil for Cabaye we should let him go and reinvest and continue to build the club.


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