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.
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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