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Yohan’s Been Very Good – Our Team Is Centered Around Him

2:52 pm, Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 491 Comments

I mentioned this morning that one way to view the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United, is that he runs it like a bank – where the only important thing is money – cool cash.

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Bank manager at Newcastle – Mike Ashley

And so when a top club like PSG comes in and offers what the owner wants for one of our very best players – Yohan Cabaye – Mike will sell.

And then once he’s got the money, the owner and Joe Kinnear, our Director of Football will do their level best to bring in a replacement in the few days that are left of the January transfer window – but Newcastle may not be successful in bringing a replacement in.

So would they not do the deal unless they get a replacement in before Saturday – no.

They will always take the money when it’s a big transfer deal for the club, and Alan Pardew will have to make do with what’s left come next Saturday.

Much like it was three years ago when we sold Andy Carroll on January 31st, 2011 – it could be deja vu – all over again.

This is what Alan Pardew has said in his press conference today – yes we play Norwich City tomorrow night in East Anglia:

“Yohan’s been very, very good.” “He’s preparing for the Norwich game. I expect him to play.” “The conversations about him are going on above me. My job is to get the best out of him.”

“He has a great role at this football club. The team is centered around him.”  “He’s an important cog in our system. If you take him out of the team, it makes us vulnerable.

“We’ve got to protect ourselves going forward. That’s the situation at the moment.” “We’d need to bring in someone, for sure. “You can’t lose a player of that quality.”

Joe Kinnear – with Mike Ashley’s guidance – will be doing the negotiations to sell Cabaye to PSG, but the man who decides everything in the transfer market is owner Mike Ashley.

And it would be tragic if we sell Cabaye and cannot get a replacement in, and it seems Newcastle’s number one replacement for Cabaye would be 23 year-old Lyon’s Clement Grenier – who would cost around £10M – and he certainly looks a very good skillful player.

Here’s a report we had out earlier today on the Lyon midfielder.

Let’s hope if we do sell Yohan, that we can get Grenier through the door before 11:00 pm on Friday night.

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491 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toonfan8 // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    if we sell Cabaye we need to bring Grenier and Cabella too for that money…and De Jong too on loan…

  • 2 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Spoof:

    No offence Cabaye isnt close to mata in an attacking sense. He is very good granted Mata is World Class i actually think £37 mil for mata is a bargain tbh. Why bale is worth double that and more i really dont know.

    Last season for club and country mata played 75!!!!! games racking up 5,266 mins with 22 goals and 39 assists. can we behave saying cabaye is nearly as good in an attacking sense. Plus mata is a couple of years younger and probably hasn’t hit his prime yet whereas Cabaye is arguably entering his.

    Yes granted he is a lot better defensively and sorry i did mean to put its hard to compare the two as they are not both outright number 10 players. I just think mata is in another league but obviously that is my opinion and i would imagine we need to agree to disagree.

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    cj

    Im with you, mata is an out and out number 10 where as cabaye isn’t, cabaye is more combative but mata’s stats are there for all to see.

    since he joined chelsea only 5 players have been involved in more goals than him (scoring or assisting)..rvp, rooney, suarez, aguero and walcott.

    Mata is the type of player ben arfa should be with all his quality.

  • 4 Nufcjoss // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I don’t care how much we get for Cabay. There is no way Mike will spend the amount we get in, on the replacement. Any leftovers goes elsvere, and by that I mean pub-tabs etc. Don’t sell our best man Mike, use your small grey damit.

  • 5 jayphoto // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Mata is an elite level player! Cabaye is a very very good player but Mata is a player you build a top side around! His vision and technique is superb! I rate him as the best creative player in the Premier League with possibly only Suarez, Aguero and Toure ahead of him! If Ozil was worth 42m then man utd have got a bargain

  • 6 jayphoto // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Quite hopeful that Cabella was never intended to replace Cabaye if we’ve gone for Grenier! Be amazing to see them both at NUFC in the summer

  • 7 JAMSHA // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    if he goes ill be gutted.. will miss those long
    30 yard goals an free kick :-( … fk u m.a

  • 8 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Can i also point out i never thought i would utter the words that £37million is a bragain for a player…..euurghhh feel a little sick….

  • 9 Toonfan8 // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Transfer Sage
    HBA will never be that quality Mata is…Mata has great vision and intelligence on the pitch, HBA is more dribbler…he will never reach Matas level…

  • 10 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    We will be left short yet again through the ineptitude of those who run the club

  • 11 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    or a bargain*

  • 12 theartfuldodger // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Cabella, Grenier and De jong – That just isnt happening

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    TS…it is not really the same because in our example we had agreed on a price ;)

    …until then it’s my car and my rules!

  • 14 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    cjtoon

    with all due respect even if a manager dislikes a player, if that player is world class then he will not be a reserve ?

    but the main point of my post was to gage what would be a fair price for Cabaye using Mata as a comparison, for me I would rather have Cabaye in my side than Mata, so in an ideal world we should be looking at £37.1m+, now you value Cabaye at a lower value than Mata, which is fine, but I’m pretty sure the different values would not be that great, £5m max which still leaves Cabaye at £32m, basically, based on current prices with Mata at £37.1m then I really do feel that we are selling Cabaye far too cheaply if the figure is less than £35m, possibly £30m as he is as you say a bit older than Mata.

  • 15 Toonfan8 // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    when we sold Cabaye and bring nobody, then M.A. is complete prick, he can use Cabs money to bring three good players in Grenier, Cabella, De Jong(Gomis)…if he use it this way, we will be better than now…

  • 16 jayphoto // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Problem is if we sign Grenier, Cabella and de jong/gomis is that Pards won’t have any excuses left next season

  • 17 Bambams // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    JFK…..Has only managed to bring in one player and that is a loan.

    Feel confident ?

    I dont.

  • 18 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    When Liverpool made the worst signing in their career and paid us £35M they didn’t really do as bad as being suggested.

    Before they paid way over the odds for Carroll they had told Chelsea they wanted to bring ín a replacement for Torres and they wanted to come out with a profit of £15M!

    Carroll cost them £35M and Torres cost Chelsea £50M. WHam paid Liverpool £17M.

    In the end Liverpool still made money ;)

    Now why don’t we operate like this?

  • 19 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Toonfan8

    we said exactly the same when Carroll left, and Pardew did expect to get that cash for team building, but he never got it, the same will probably happen again, whether we sell him for £35m or for 10 bob, it will make no difference to what Pardew will be permitted to do when it comes in incoming players, this is why my wish is to never sell at any price, even if it’s £100m, I would still say don’t sell as all we as fans will get is a weaker team.

  • 20 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    The biggest issue with selling Cabaye is that he is the heart of the team, everything good that we do goes through him, without him we have little attacking threat.

    Plus we have little to no chance to see any replacement coming in with Ashley and Kinnear at the helm

  • 21 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    god of nufc CIARAN

    Im thinking you know not as much as you think

    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2012/nov/28/cristiano-ronaldo-strength-weakness

    http://www.portugoal.net/index.php/more-euro-2012-news/34666-ronaldo-riled-after-poor-performance

    now im not saying he is a bad player,, I think he is the best on the planet right now,

    but he is not a team player

    nor was I saying HBA is any where near as good, but if Ronaldo is worth 80+ million, HBA under the right manager who let him play with more freedom would be worth more than he is right now, at least 1/4 of Ronaldo, right now you would be lucky to get a 1/10 of that

  • 22 wolfshead@toon // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    thing is all you toon fans the communication from the club is there is likely no players coming in so if there has been a change with regards to selling cabs and buying a replacement(s) ash or one his lackeys could say so no wonder he gets so much grief anway im off to replace a pic of one silver fox for another ooh jose ur such a smoothy

  • 23 Bambams // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    according to newsnownewcastle Cisse is not avail for Norwich match Pards says he has ‘hurt his back’……

  • 24 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    jesper

    don’t forget that buy selling Torres they only spent a total of £10m to get both Carroll and Saurez, they have now sold Carroll for £15m so in a sense Saurez has actually cost them -£5m, with Saurez being something in the region of £80m, that means Liverpool have made an £85m profit, as you say that is good business.

  • 25 Neil // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    It’s dreadful timing given the game we have on Saturday. We all know Ashley will get a good price for him but I don’t remember this doing us much good when it comes to playing at the weekend. If he wants to go then he should but we should have his replacement through the door beforehand. I’m sure Pardew/JFK will try and pedal the fact our squad is better than it was etc etc

  • 26 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Bambams

    he was used a luggage boy in Dubai

  • 27 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    god of nufc CIARAN

    Im thinking you know not as much as you think

    http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2012/nov/28/cristiano-ronaldo-strength-weakness

  • 28 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    http://www.portugoal.net/index.php/more-euro-2012-news/34666-ronaldo-riled-after-poor-performance

  • 29 Graeme // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Sky just announced that Puma are to pay Arsenal £20 million a year for 5 years to be their Shirt Sponsor!!

    Errrrrrr how much does FCB pay for Stadium Advertising?? Oh, ZERO!!!

  • 30 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    bye bye cabaye

    you will be missed

  • 31 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    spoof:

    Are you trying to say Mata is not a world class player? if so i very strongly disagree. Not entirely sure why mourinho didnt want him in the 11 but they are well stocked in the no. 10 position at chelsea

    The fair price for every player is waht anyone is willing to pay. To judge on recent transfers you need to choose the same sort of player mata a no 10. is very different to cabaye who is more a box to box player. Although different in style Fellaini may be a better comparison as they both defend and attack well, granted id rather have cabaye in an attacking sense but fellaini defensively and in terms of a presence in the air probably shades it. Man Utd payed 28mil for him and cabaye is older so maybe £25mil is around his value

  • 32 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    I agree with Simon Bird in the Mirror this morning.
    He argues thus.
    Regardless of anything else , this summer, whether Cabaye buys out his own contract or not NUFC will not get as much for him as at this moment in time.He has said he wants CL footy so we may as well maximise now on a player who doesn’t want to be here.
    We have no pressure for the rest of the season so we can survive without YC and perhaps even experiment with midfielders already at the club.
    There is no need to replace until the summer when generally players are cheaper.

  • 33 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Jeff from Benwell

    Thats the biggest issue with Ashley and co, because we are under no pressure this season they will cash in on Cabaye without laying out anything for a replacement. As for waiting until the summer to replace him, well if any of our targets have a good world cup their value sky rockets and puts us out of the picture.

    We are about to sell the best player at the club yet again and we all know how long it took us to find a replacement last time this happened

  • 34 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    toonfan

    yeh i agree he wont be anywhere near that good

    jesper

    but i agreed a price for a working car, if it comes back dented and broken the deal would be off, leaving you with a broken car and no money

  • 35 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Jeff

    why maximise for a better price now, Pardew will not get the money to spend, so lets keep him for as long as we possibly can, if his value ends up dropping so what, it still won’t affect what Pardew can and can’t do as either way he can do nothing.

  • 36 lesh // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    They’ve supposedly bid £10m for Grenier, expect at least £20m for Cabs and can sure as hell expect Lyon to increase their asking price when they’ve got wind of Cab’s final fee.

    Absolutely clueless or is Ashley just going through the motions…… Again!

  • 37 corkypants85 // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    SORT IT OUT KINNEAR YOU USELESS F#!CK!#R!!!!

    A REPLACEMENT SHOULD OF BEEN SIGNED THE FIRST WEEK IN JANUARY, WE ALL NEW THIS WOULD HAPPEN NOW WE ARE GUNNA BE HELD TO RANSOM WITH WHO EVER WE GO FOR!!!

    ONCE AGAIN WE ARE A LAUGHING STOCK

  • 38 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Mata overpriced bench warmer and not even a regular for his country. Chelsea must be having a good old laugh at Moyes panic buy.

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Spoof…great example mate :)

    …it is not about how much money you get per sat, but what you get in return. The only thing NUFC should worry about is what kind of profit do they want and who do they want to replace Cabaye :)

  • 40 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    mag

    Mata is a two time Chelsea player of the year and is only a bench warmer because of Jose not liking the player…………….and as for him not be a regular for his country, well he is behind two of the worlds best players who would keep anyone out of any starting 11, be it club or country

  • 41 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    mag

    although I would not be as blunt about it as yourself, I do agree with you, which is why I have had a discussion with cjtoon where I feel that Cabaye is the better player of the two.

  • 42 Shadow_Shearer // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Best time 2 sell cabaye is this window, as next window he will go for pennies. He will buy out his contract for 6 million in the summer, and we won’t be able 2 afford a replacement. Best taken 20 million now and telling joker 2 get to work. You have till Friday 11pm. Even bring in remy cabella for 12, and a target man striker like Gomis for 3 or 4.

  • 43 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Pardew the alleged manager sent out with his rehearsed script sounds exactly the same as when Carroll was sold! Pardew is a complete joke he is either an accomplished liar or he is told nothing about incomings or outgoings by Ashley.

  • 44 Greebol1892 // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    looks like Cisse may be away. Remy is not staying. So my prediction will come true and strolla will deservedly regain his spot as 1st choice “striker” HAHAHA what a fkn joke! The lad has never been a footballer never mind striker.
    HOW WE CANNOT GET ANY STRIKER TO REPLACE STROLLA IS JUST BEYOND BELIEF….

  • 45 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    JB

    you can argue till your blue in the face about how good Mata is, but the simple facts are that a £37m player should be a regular for both club and country if he is worth £37m, he cannot command a place for his country and has been a reserve at club level, yes both club and country are exceptional sides, but he was a little bit short for both of them, as a result he cannot be world class, would I have him in the Newcastle side, too right I would as he is a good player, but certainly not a great player and he is well below many.

  • 46 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    @39 you just confirmed that he isn’t a world class player many thanks!

  • 47 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    mag

    what Pardew is saying now is the complete opposite of what he was saying when Carroll was sold, he has learnt the hard way, and what he has learnt is that Ashley will give him nothing at all.

  • 48 lukes26 // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    When Pardew says :

    “You are talking to someone who lost Andy Carroll with eight hours to go, so am I confident? No, I’m not confident, and I don’t think any team not in a Champions League position or fighting for a Champions League position could be.”

    That is someone completely pissed off at Ashley for not having a “team” thats fighting for champ. league football.

    we’re only 7 points from tottenham or liverpool. pardew wouldnt say this for any other reason other than sending a message to Ashley.

  • 49 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    lukes26

    your probably right, but it will fall on deaf ears.

  • 50 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Spoof

    Then what does that say for Cabaye when the most that’s been offered for the lad is 15 million?

    Mata would be every starting 11 in the Prem other than Chelsea and how many players in world football would get in ahead of either Xavi or Iniesta?

  • 51 Mister Tuff // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Well, whilst we all knew it was going to happen, I was convinced Cabaye would not be going in this window. If it’s correct that PSG are in the Toon – it really looks like he’s going to be off.
    I recall Cabaye’s little trip to France a couple of weeks ago -when he was “injured”. Whilst a lot of us questioned this at the time -it now looks a rather suspicious trip.
    If he’s going -well they might as well get as much as they can I suppose. There will be no excuse if there aren’t at least a couple of signings this week. There will probably be some enormous gaffe before the weeks out.

  • 52 stuart no9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    people should stop worrying about how much we get for cabaye.. No matter what we get , we wont see it.This is just a typical year in the life of NUFC, – nothing to ;look forward to except the end of season and the world cup . what a way to support a football team eh ?

  • 53 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    mag

    how has that post proven he isn’t world class?

    By the fact that he’s behind two of the greatest player of our generation?

    In that case every other attacking player in world football isn’t world class either as they would be behind both Messi and Ronaldo!

  • 54 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    spoof:

    Are you trying to say Mata is not a world class player? if so i very strongly disagree. Not entirely sure why mourinho didnt want him in the 11 but they are well stocked in the no. 10 position at chelsea

    The fair price for every player is waht anyone is willing to pay. To judge on recent transfers you need to choose the same sort of player mata a no 10. is very different to cabaye who is more a box to box player. Although different in style Fellaini may be a better comparison as they both defend and attack well, granted id rather have cabaye in an attacking sense but fellaini defensively and in terms of a presence in the air probably shades it. Man Utd payed 28mil for him and cabaye is older so maybe £25mil is around his value

  • 55 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Jeff from Benwell
    Agree with your summing up. If Cabaye (Not sure if a good move for him as might not be assured of first team football) wants CL and he has a buy out clause for £6 million in the summer then which club/owner in their right minds would not sell a player for £20 million plus now.

    Being selfish – hope he does not go
    And if he goes got to I would go for Cabella, Grenier and De Jong as this would freshen the team up and keep the rest of the squad competition keep them on their toes

  • 56 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Repost from earlier Mag/spoof how can mata not be classed as world class? really? 61 goals and assists last season!!!!!

    No offence Cabaye isnt close to mata in an attacking sense. He is very good granted Mata is World Class i actually think £37 mil for mata is a bargain tbh. Why bale is worth double that and more i really dont know.

    Last season for club and country mata played 75!!!!! games racking up 5,266 mins with 22 goals and 39 assists. can we behave saying cabaye is nearly as good in an attacking sense. Plus mata is a couple of years younger and probably hasn’t hit his prime yet whereas Cabaye is arguably entering his.

    Yes granted he is a lot better defensively and sorry i did mean to put its hard to compare the two as they are not both outright number 10 players. I just think mata is in another league but obviously that is my opinion and i would imagine we need to agree to disagree.

  • 57 K T Cat // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    The worst part of this whole deal is that we don’t NEED to sell Cabaye. The club isn’t in any financial trouble. They could keep Cabaye and play for a Europa spot and let the fans have some fun, but no, it’s all about the cash.

    Here in San Diego, the Padres are clearly a farm team for the bigger clubs – New York, Los Angeles, etc. You accept that because the money differences are so great. Newcastle should be different. No, they don’t have the cash that ManU or Arsenal, but they’re not Crystal Palace, for cryin’ out loud. No one is expecting a top 4 finish, but if you’re having a good season, why not strengthen the team and go for Europa? Even the Padres would do that.

    Can’t Ash show some respect for the fans even once?

  • 58 theartfuldodger // Jan 27, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I think its very well possible that we sell cabaye, sign no one else and end up finishing outside the top 10.

  • 59 lukes26 // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Spoof.. I realize this.

    I just find it interesting that Pardew would say something like this that obviously wouldnt fill his team with confidence, nor supporters. Pardew’s a pretty clever guy, there was a reason for it.

    He knows how close he is to Champ. L football,..7 points is not insurmountable…and this cabaye thing is really pissing him off.

  • 60 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Jack

    that is the whole point of what I have been saying, if Mata is £37m then £15m for Cabaye is an absolute joke.

    cjtoon, world class no, a bloody good footballer who I would like in my side, definitely, but at a cost of £37m, then sorry but no.

  • 61 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    All I wish to hear tomorrow night from the first second to the last is Don’t sell Cabaye Yohan Cabaye I just don’t think you understand. Not that it matters to that c**t what the fans want anyway.

  • 62 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Spoof

    Is Mata worth 37 million?

    No, not in my opinion, but is he a better/more valuable player than Cabaye?

    Without doubt

  • 63 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    20million second bid..Not long now to they go 25-30 then it’s by by Cabaye.

  • 64 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    @52 neither Ronaldo or Messi play for Spain but in Spain.

  • 65 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    lukes26

    I think it’s pissing all of us off m8, yet some still blame and/or accuse Pardew as being the one who holds us back, incredible, he has got to be one of the most underrated managers in the league and some of our own fail to see that and they want his blood.

  • 66 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    @Jack how can you say that? considering he has bearly kicked a football this season and Cabaye has stormed the premier league once again….A month into this season and it was reported Mourninho was getting rid off him cleary he isin’t that special.

  • 67 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    mag

    Can’t be arsed arguing with stupidity, sorry mate, but have a nice day

  • 68 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    kevymartins

    The same way as you can say that about Cabaye after how poor he was last season!

  • 69 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    I cant believe im even arguing with people about weather juan mata is world class, i feel like im going insane. Incredible…

    mag:

    If your not a troll….:-p

  • 70 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    JB

    ignoring what Man U paid for Mata, how much more in monetry value would you say Mata is worth compared to Cabaye, is Mata worth £1m, £2m more, or whatever figure you feel is fair

  • 71 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Jesper

    You can tart it up any way you want…Liverpool still paid 35 million pounds for Andy Carroll, making him one of those most expensive players in the history of them game. Just because they benefitted from a dreadful piece of business from Chelsea, doesn’t change that fact!

  • 72 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    @68 go and lie down your argument is pithy at best!

  • 73 Ben3arfa // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    JOE KINNEAR WILL NOT SIGN US ANYONE

    OLD FART DESERVES TO FALL DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS AND BREAK HIS NECK.

  • 74 Jackel001 // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    The sad thing is once he goes (which I think its only a matter of time) we wont have any sort of replacement lined up and THATS what pisses the fans off more than anything. Yes players come and players go, but the fact we wont replace them straight away is shocking. I haven’t saw Grenier play but seen a bit of Cabella and he seems to have more a Ben Arfa type.

    Btw you gents seen the rumour about Rooney? 300k a week, captain and HE gets to see the transfer targets first and has a say! “No one is bigger than the club” yeah okay!

  • 75 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Spoof

    A fair price for Cabaye would be 15-20 million and Mata would 20-25 million imo.

    Cabaye has been very, very good this season but was the total opposite last season.

    If fans had the choice between having Mata or Cabaye in our squad who would they go for???

  • 76 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    cjtoon

    I do not believe that Mata is world class, and I would be a bit annoyed if you classed me as being a troll as well, debates are for debating, we have so far had a good well mannered debate, lets keep it that way.

  • 77 stuart no9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    spoof @64— pardew has just cost us a decent run in the FA cup , because of his decision making and inept management skills .

  • 78 TurkishFan101 // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Hey Lads!

    I believe the Cabaye business is very important, as we do play around Cabaye and the statistics don’t lie when they say we have lost more then 60% of our games without Cabaye. Not only will this expose Pardew’s tactics but the lack of goals being scored and created will be like last season when we finished 16th. You can see right now, most of the goals are coming from Cabaye… Remy missing sitters week after week and Shola Ameobi is getting a start ahead of Cisse.

    This goes to show, without Cabaye sorry lads we are truely f*cked, as he rather let players like Marveaux who saved us from getting relegated when playing that number 10 role and created chances no ever players in our squad ever did including the likes of Cabaye,

    If we prepare ourselves and spend on the likes of Clement Grenier, Remy Cabella and Luuk De Jong, we will be able to pick up where we left of. But this is only a big IF as Pardew will go back to his long ball, hoof tactics and defensive football allot more.

    The only reason we are playing kind of playing attractive attacking football is due to the likes of Cabaye which was promised when he first came here if you can remember the interview he gave. Pardew went out of his way and went with his own tactics playing negatively which you also will remember last season, that dreadful season…

    Would love to discuss this with fellow magpies, any opinions? please do say what you think. Thanks!

  • 79 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    @Jack Cabaye wasn’t poor last season I bet if you check his stats he had most assist in our team with a few goals……What has Mata done really? And to say he is worth 37 million is laughable catch yourself on. He is no Ozil….

    Arsen Wenger came out with a theory that Chelsea only sold him because they have played man u twice and mata will be playing against City Liverpool Arsenal and spurs …But the truth is he just wasn’t good enough for Mourninhos liking….Also if Andre Schurlle and Willian can take his spot they clearly he isn’t all that.

  • 80 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Spoof asking JB that is totally pointless. Mata will be worth more as he plays the no 10. role. He provides more goals and assists. Has won more than cabaye is younger etc…they all add value. The fact someone is willing to pay £37mil for mata makes that his value and whatever they offer for acabye if accepted is therefore his value. If rejected its not what is deemed to be his value.

    If you want to do this…if you think cabaye is worth more how much?

  • 81 BandB // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    “Don’t sell Cabaye, Yohan Cabaye
    “I just don’t think you understand
    “Cos if you sell Cabaye, Yohan Cabaye,
    “We’ll whimper tamely about how selling-our-best-player-in-the-middle-the-season-is-probably-a-very-good -idea, actually.”

    The saddest thing is: Ashley has our number. Perfectly.

  • 82 Ben3arfa // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    INSTEAD OF WORYING ABOUT WHAT PLAYERS WE WILL SIGN THIS OLD PIECE OF COCKNEY PISS IS GOING AROUND SELLING OUR BEST PLAYER WITHOUT EVEN CONSIDERING SIGNING A REPLACEMENT.

    TO HELL WITH KINNEAR, I HOPE MIKE ASHLEY ENDS UP HOMELESS

  • 83 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    @77 what is the mata with you?

  • 84 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    @CJTOON What you just said is totally pointless. So by you Andy Carroll is fcuking amazing and worth 35 million because that’s what a team paid for him?

  • 85 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    JB

    thats a fair difference in their values, personally I would have them the other way around, but that is not what I was actually debating, what I was debating was what the difference should be, and as you say £5m is about fair, even if it is vise versa, but basically my argument was that is Mata is £37m in todays market then we should be looking at £30 at the very minimum, so although we disagree on the better player, our difference in values are similar, and that is all that I was saying.

  • 86 IndieGeordie // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    My thoughts on Mata Vs Cabaye – If Cabaye is as good or better than Mata, then why did MANU pay 37m for him instead of bidding 25m for Cabaye and taking him? Every man and his dog knows that we will sell Cabaye for 25m!

  • 87 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    @Spoof People need to look at perspective. Chelsea HAD to sell Mata otherwise he was for sitting on there bench on a humongus wage all year and not to mention the money the paid for a player think it was 20 odd million to sit on the bench.

    On the other hand Cabaye is the ticker of our team control’s the midfield and helps us win games plus has 2 years on his contract so we have no reason to sell…That right there puts Cabayes value more than Mata imo

  • 88 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    cjtoon

    I asked a fellow blogger for his opinion in a decent manner, which he gave in a decent manner and I responded in a decent manner, so how is that pointless, debates are all about responding to each others views and opinions ?

  • 89 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Spoof

    the reason that Mata will always hold a higher valuation to Cabaye is that he scores plenty of goals and in today’s market that’s what people pay the most for, also the fact that he’s three years younger than Cabaye will also be a factor

  • 90 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Spoof:

    No i was saying mag has toll like characteristics not yourself.

    Kevymartins:

    Really what has mata done? cabaye was poor last season. shall we compare him with mata for last season club & country:

    Cabaye:

    Apps:43
    Mins:3,189
    Goals:6
    Assists:2

    Mata:

    Apps:75
    Mins:5,266
    Goals:22
    Assists:39

    …………………………….

  • 91 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    @87 mata is a winger and Cabaye isn’t so wise up!

  • 92 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Indiegeordie

    why did we pay £11.5 for Colo in 2008 when we could have signed Vincent Kompany for £7.5 at the same time, shit happens, we all get things wrong m8.

  • 93 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    You still can’t compare by form anyway ffs you put cisse into man citys team then look at his stats….Next you’s will be saying Essien or Mikel or better than Tiote…Let’s see cabaye’s stats if he does go to psg after a season then come back to me..

  • 94 TurkishFan101 // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Please fellow Toon fans, read what I have written below and respond.

    I just want to say that by selling Cabaye, the main player which the team is playing around will make Pardew turn back to the negative, hoof, defensive counter attack football which saw us nearly getting relegated if it wasnt for Marveaux. If Marvo was getting assists and creating good chances when playing football like that, imagine him in a number 10 behind the likes of Remy.

    I would like to remind fans that if it wasnt for Marveaux’s marvellous creativity when he played last couple of games which he finally got the chance to when coming back from injury, we would have been relegated, no joke.

    If you remember, when we first signed Cabaye, Pardew promised him free flowing, attacking football and not hoof ball. First season proved that when we finished incredible 5th, the next was when he changed the tactics to what he thought was good, and that was negative, hoof ball, defensive counter attack. The promise he made to Cabaye was gone.

    If you remember early season, Cabaye threatened to leave and was on strike because Pardew went against his promises, and also if you remember the first few games of the season Man City, we were not favourites but at least we could of tried attacking but he went defensive, West Ham a draw, which we should of thrashed and attacked.

    We merely won against Fulham. At this stage Cabaye certainly wanted a move to Arsenal. Now, Cabaye had discussions and Pardew convinced him to go back to playing attractive football, attacking at times.

    Now, if Cabaye goes, we will go back to the low, defensive football which saw us get nearly getting relegated, mark my words.

    Unless we have a plan to sign players like Clement Grenier, Remy Cabella and Luuk, also not selling the likes of Marveaux then it would be good business, but how Pardew will cooperate his tactics? we will know in the future games.

    Just remember, look back at the team play of last season, you cannot blame it all on injury. Why do you think Anita finally gets to start? He is a very good player but Pardew simply doesnt like having technical and flair players on the pitch. He would rather have the whole West Ham team and play Hoof then what he is playing with us.

    This is why Pardew will go sooner then later.

  • 95 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Cj

    The game is all about opinions. You rate Mata highly, sppof and others don’t. Neither did mourinho, who knows a thing or two. Who’s to say who’s right and wrong? Opinions.

    I like Mata, but there are plenty of players who I wouldve bought over him if I was moyes. Man utd dont need a player like Mata. They are desperate for a proper centre midfielder, a couple of them. But they buy a ‘luxury’ player in Mata. It’s like buying a pair of shoes when you need a shirt

  • 96 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Spoof

    I remember people on here saying that Kompany wasn’t good enough for the Prem, that he wasn’t strong enough or technically good enough then he joined City :D

  • 97 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    kevy @ 81:

    Its not pointless, we can give our opinions on everything but its not me or you who decides the value of a player is it. If i said cabaye is worth £100mil it doesnt mean thats his value. But Man utd just paid £37mil for him so he is worth £37mil. Yes he hadnt played much this season and thats why it was £37mil if they had sold him in the summer i darent think of the sums that may have changed hands. He had an extraordinary season last year.

    Andy carroll was worth £35mil as someone paid that for him he is now worth £17mil as west ham paid that for him. He is undoubtedly worth less now as he has been injured all season.

    What im saying is all we can say is a certain players value is whatever a team is willing to pay, the same with any commodity supply and demand scarcity increases price footballers arent cloned as far as i know so they command crazy money.

  • 98 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    cjtoon, when are those stats from?

    I did not think Mata had much football under Jose?

    Thing is, Cabaye is hitting form, Mata has been mostly warming the bench.

    He is a quality player and I think Jose just did not have him in his plans but 37m is paying well over the odds.

    I don’t think Mata is in the Orzil league though as some people have said.

  • 99 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    How is selling Torres for 50 million and buying Caroll for 35 million good business?

    Just because you get good money when you sell a player, does not mean you offset your loses by spending stupidly on the next one.

    There are no silver linings… Liverpool suffered immensely by signing Carroll, lost 18 million + league positions… there are no sweeteners on it.

    Liverpool were offered £40 million plus Sturridge for Carroll, initially, which they turned down. That deal would have seen Liverpool save £35 million, the value of Sturridge increase by 15 million and Liverpool with more money from higher league position.

    I thought it was only Liverpool fans that tried to pass the Carroll deal off as a profitable gamble.

  • 100 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    JB

    that’s fair comment and will always be the way, even though I would rasther have Cabaye I do accept that Mata will bring the higher fee, but not to the extent which we are seeing,as much as I dislike Ashley his only redeeming feature for me is his bloody mindedness, I hope that he has put £30+, not because I want him to make a bigger profit but in the hope that Psg refuse to do a Liverpool and they tell him to bugger off and we then keep him, wishful thinking I no, but heyho, hope is all we have as expectation has all but gone.

  • 101 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    Ancient

    The Carroll deal was one the worst on the history of the game.

  • 102 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM

    “Liverpool were offered £40 million plus Sturridge for Carroll, initially” *Should be Torres*

  • 103 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Im not trying to argue, i can agree to disagree but in doing so its nice if people acknowledge the points both sides are making.

    Comparing Mata and Cabaye to gauge value is futile is essentially the point im making. They play different positions, in different teams, with different roles, at different ages, with different records.

  • 104 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Spoof

    The transfer market is a complete and total shambles mate, was Bale worth 90 million? is he over twice the player that Ozil is?

    The fee will always be decided by how desperate the buying club are to land their target.

    Also Mata could go to Man Utd and his fee could sky rocket over the next few years or plummet into nothing!

  • 105 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Co

    It is futile, you’re right. There are loads of factors to take into account. The main cost of a player is the length of his contract. With cabaye only having two years left, I would be astounded if we get anywhere near 25million. 16-18 million and we’ve done well.

  • 106 2_goal_tino // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    As far as I’m concerned, there have only been two box-to-box midfielders better than Cabaye in the premiership this season – Toure and Ramsey. After that it is close between Fernandinho and Cabaye. Across his whole time in the premiership, only Toure has been better than him in a similar role.

    People say Cabaye was bad last season, he wasn’t! In his time with us he has had one bad period the first three months of last season. A period which cabaye himself said he was suffering from depression. He then got injured, but upon his return he was back to being very good and without him our flirtation with relegation would hav been much worse.

    I also don’t know how turning 28 two weeks ago is now suddenly a negative in terms of his valuation. The reason clubs buy young is because they are cheaper and their value increases when they are in their prime. This is the only time I can remember when a player being in his prime is seemingly knocking off his value because he ‘only has three seasons left in him.’ It’s crazy.

    Cabaye may be over-rated by our fans, but because he plays for Newcastle he remains severely under-rated to the rest of the premiership. I read numerous comments on Man U forums/blogs along the lines of ‘he’s not United quality’!! What are they talking about? He’s better than anything they’ve had for the past 5/6 seasons!

    I sort of want him to move to another premiership club just so that he can show the rest of the footballing nation that he is a very good player.

  • 107 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    JB, I guess there are commercial considerations as well.

    I remember Arsenal making back the outlay on Dennis Berkhamp on the sale of shirts in a short space of time.

    Some players have star quality beyond their ability. Mata would probably sell more shirts than Cabaye.

    Still, I would rather have Cabaye if I were Manure.

  • 108 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    P:

    The Stats are for the whole of last season. In all club and international apps.

    I was just trying to counter Kevys arguement which was what has mata done really?

  • 109 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Lads seriously why are you all so he’ll bent on the fee!
    The fee shouldn’t f**king matter
    The club should grow some balls, our manager has come out today and said, he is the centre piece of our team and the team is built around him

    People saying tbh £20 mil ain’t bad for a 28 yr old, wtf has happened to you?
    Were football fans not bloody accountants, the money won’t be re invested and the players were linked with ie Grenier and Cabella should be bought in to play in a CM with Cabaye not in place of

    Christ sakes get a hold of yourselves comparing fee’s to players like mata who cares!

  • 110 mattnufc // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    If no one else is brought it to replace Cabaye I can’t see Remy staying..

  • 111 mattnufc // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    @TDS
    So you would have said no to Carroll for £35m?

  • 112 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Jb
    Bale had just signed a long contract months before Madrid bought him, hence why he cost so much. Tottenham played a blinder there. So have Liverpool in getting suarez to sign up again. If a club comes in for him this summer, Liverpool can demand big bucks. A buying club is basically having to pay to buy a player out of his contract. That’s the single most important factor. Which is why we won’t be able to get big big money for cabaye.

  • 113 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    @103 your comparison of mata and Cabaye shows your total lack of football knowledge which rattled on unfettered until you were brought up short.

  • 114 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    tads

    The fee will always be a major topic under Ashley as he will be scrutinised as to how much of it goes back into the squad. We had the same thing when Carrol left and it will be the same when Cabaye goes.

  • 115 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    ErnestHemingway…I am not really fuzzed about “that fact”!

    …they made money on it and still made sure they had a replacement before they sold!

    TS…You know it is not like I don’t understand your counter argument, but my point still stand ;) until afee is agreed and Cabaye has had a medical he is our player and he should play!

    …chances are he is still our player come February 1st. I get it, you would not play him or you are just playing the devil’s advocate ;) sorry but I don’t play that game lol

  • 116 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    toonarmydownsouth – the club have not even bothered to offer Cabaye an improved contract… the lad is leaving, that is final.

    We cannot build a team around a player that is 100% destined to leave.

  • 117 BandB // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    TADS,

    I feel for you.
    The manager has just said unequivocally that he regards Cabaye as the player around who the team his built.
    If he was hoping to stir up a bit of support, he’d be a bit bemused reading the way the sale is being meekly rationalized by the fans, even before it happens.

  • 118 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    cj and JB

    yes the market is ridiculous and trying to compare player to player can’t be done, but all I was saying is that the transfer market has got to be a comparable market, actually it has to be otherwise you can’t set a fee, fee’s will always be set by fees paid for equivalent players, we may disagree on who is the better player but we tend to agree that a similar price ( £5m ) difference is about fair, but is that coming through from PSG ?, it could be argued and I would agree with the possibility that Man U have done an Andy Carroll with Mata and paid way over the odds, but then again I could be proved wrong depending upon what we finally get for Cabaye, I here that another bid of £20m has been made, it will be turned down as Ashley really does know how to skrew every penny out of a club if he feels that they desperately want him

  • 119 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    mag:

    This is why your troll like, i didnt bring up the mata cabaye comparison to start with. I dont like comparing players that play different positions as i have said its futile.

    I did try to change the topic to comparing cabaye to fellaini who is more similar to cabaye in that he is a box to box midfielder and not a no.10 like mata but neither yourself kevy or spoof decided to discuss this instead continuing the mata/cabaye comparisons which i was keen to get away from as i dont think they are comparable.

    Therefore i tried to illustrate why i feel mata is a better more valuable player than cabaye which is clearly subjective and totally a mata of opinion :-p

    Im not sure how this means i now have a lack of football knowledge? please feel to tell me and while your there if you could explain the comment that I have been brought up short?

  • 120 corkypants85 // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    how do people feel about signings now with all the cabaye rumours, does anyone think we will add to the squad if we do sell cabs? and not just a cabaye replacement i mean a couple of good signings i think we would need to replace cabaye then maybe a left sided attacking mid and a striker do i think it will happen NO

  • 121 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    @119 my sentiments entirely!

  • 122 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Jesper

    That’s groovy mate. If you think Liverpool did good business, that’s your right to believe that. I happen to believe it was the worst piece of business in my living memory.

  • 123 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Ancient
    He has 2 and half years why would they need to until the summer, what ambition have they attempted to show since the summer ?

    Matt
    A £20 mil is not £35
    B it wasn’t going to cost £35 to replace a player of Carroll’s ability now was it?
    C we still haven’t actually replaced Carroll, we needed a CF when was here we still do
    The money will not be re invested on a player with the talent to walk into Cabs spot and it’s a sad day that so many seem happy to take the money and wait to see who the next project we being in to groom is

  • 124 toonking // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    why is their so much talk about the comparison between mata and cabaye
    how much it cost for a player to leave is only valid when the team invests that money after.

    when torres was sold for £50 mil it was a good price as they reinvested it.

    when bale got sold for 90mil that was good value as spurs reinvested it

    when mata got sold that was good value as Chelsea have reinvested.

    cabaye could be the best player in the world but the fact is he is worth nothing at all as the transfer money is going to the back pocket which was what we saw with carroll money.

  • 125 mag // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    @119 you have backtracked on all your previous drivel!

  • 126 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    I am not convinced Mash will just take all the Cabaye cash and buy another helicopter or something.

    His objective with the club was to have it be self sustaining (not so much a money pit or cash cow). Seems to me the club”s finances are in good shape (tv money, carroll money, etc)

    Not saying we will see zillions spend, just saying it’s pointless second guessing Mash based on the past. He will do what he wants and it won’t necessarily be predictable.

    Perhaps there will not be enough time to sign a replacement and I think it is true that with the points they have and the emergence of Anita and form of Tiote, it won’t prevent them selling. But for sure, in Summer you will see some more promising talent coming in.

  • 127 corkypants85 // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    my team to play norwich
    ———————krul——————
    debs—-m’biwa———-willo—santon
    ————-anita——tiote————–
    ben arfa——–moussa——- gouffran
    ——————-remy——————

    If cabaye leaves :-(

  • 128 2_goal_tino // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    @120 – Well if you go by Pardew’s press conference we are close to signing one and then if Cabaye leaves he says a replacement has to be brought in. HOWEVER, since when has Pardew actually been privy to the transfer dealings of the club?

    I personally don’t think a direct replacement for Cabaye will be made if he leaves. We may use the money to sign someone else e.g a wide-player but don’t see the club going after another cm. We are already pretty well-stocked in central midfield. Anita will just play more or Sissoko will be moved to the centre and HBA brought in. The interest in Grenier seems to lack substance given that the player and Lyon seem very unkeen on letting him go.

  • 129 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    mag:

    Troll away mate, if you want to address the points i have made at 119 we will continue…not sure how i have “backtracked on my previous drivel”? Either, feel free to engange in adult debate if its not too far out of your reach?!

  • 130 cyprus // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Last post on this Cabaye talk. Enough already it’s been like months. If we sell him, especially at these crazy prices, it will be great, because at least some of the money will go back to the club and new players. He’s good but the rest is hype.

    Ed, you surprise me in the fact that you join the chorus of “Ashley wants more money, etc. etc” I haven’t heard anything for or against this, but, after you make a few million (not over ONE THOUSAND ++ MILLION like he has) money isn’t everything anymore. Hell, it isn’t for me and I would think you’ve done ok too. Remember, people accuse you of doing this blog for money, which is also funny. I’ll end with a Bill Gates quote:

    Speaking at the University of Washington, Mr Gates is reported to have said, “I can understand wanting to have a million dollars – it’s freedom. But once you get beyond that, I have to tell you, it’s the same hamburger.”

  • 131 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    BandB
    Honestly i just don’t get it! We seem to be the only fans who go “hmm decent money that!”
    People keep comparing Mata and Cabs, i can tell you now not many Chelsea fans are going ah well fair price!

    The manager wants to keep him, you’d think the supporters would too!

    If he goes it also further highlights the fact JFK is a lying sack of ….

  • 132 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    compairing player for player is pointless

    it’s what they do as 11 players together in the pitch that counts

    Andy cole at nufc with Peter the great unstoppable
    Andy cole at Man U was half the player he was at nufc with Peter , that said he became a better Alround player at Man U,

    other players make players look good

    would mata have been as good with us , his main focus on defending ?? I think not

  • 133 martoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    For those of you who keep saying Laudrup is a good manager – Ngog! really – a sign of desperation or what?

  • 134 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    First it’s Cabella rumours now it’s Grenier rumours. And how do they know the bid will be increased to 14M? Sounds like more bollocks to me. And will anyone pay enough to get Cabaye? I still have my doubts about that as well.

  • 135 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Horrible news mates! The Captain and Toenail are breaking up! (sob). Who gets the rights to Muskrat Love then? Toenail going solo on that magnificent song? It’s breaking my heart. I thought Love would keep them together!

  • 136 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    “Ancient
    He has 2 and half years why would they need to until the summer, what ambition have they attempted to show since the summer ?”

    It is very simple, because you reward players that perform by giving them better deals.

    Cabaye should have been on around 100k per week quite some time ago… every week he isn’t getting improved wages, is a week he has lost money he could have earned elsewhere, that will make him hostile to the club.

    Look at how Liverpool have improved Suarez’s money, almost year on year for the past few years.

    Cabaye and his agent are not stupid… they know he is playing under value.

    The bottom line is, you pay for good players, if you can’t; then don’t expect them to hang around for long.

  • 137 BandB // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    TADS,

    If this club bought a donkey: An actual donkey: people would be saying: “hasn’t it got nice ears! and “That tail could come in handy!”
    Rather than, “hang on a second, it’s a bloody DONKEY!”

  • 138 theartfuldodger // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Ashley might turn the whole club into accountants.

    I can imagine Collo the captain saying this at half time
    “We have scored a goal and taken the lead. We are in a strong position. We will only score more if we concede. Dont worry we dont concede easily. Ofcourse its possible if they equalize in last minute we may not get a replacement..oops i mean a goal”

  • 139 Tsunki // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    This is Juan Mata we should drop now ;) the only interest I have in him is I transferred him to my fantasy team before he got sold to manure. :)

    How did it all end up last night with that weirdo, 9? He wouldn’t take rationale for an answer would he? Twerp.

    On Cabaye, sell him already. He may be the jewel in our particular turd but in an outfit like PSG I am sorry but he won’t stand out all that much imo. If they want him, and his head is already on an Air France flight then say on sea dreamboats, thanks for striking last window etc. My big concern is the way Pardew seems to be convinced that building a utility team that can grab the odd goal and dig in for 70 minutes is the way forward. We will soon be Hull.

  • 140 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    bandb

    they bought obertan , he looks an plays close enough a donkey, so does that count

  • 141 Mister Tuff // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Looks like Cabaye had a wasted trip to Paris a couple of weeks ago when he was “injured”. He needn’t have bothered if he’s going to PSG.
    I wonder what he was doing in Paris ————oh Mmmm.

  • 142 Crow59 // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Is anyone else worried that not only we lose our best player but the real hub of the team and French leader. I can imagine that his presence alone inspires the rest of the French players and taking out that leader could have a huge affect on the team.

  • 143 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Heard on the news that arguably the one of the best LBs in the country has just signed a new deal with Everton, no whimpering vunerable speak from Martinez no mention of him having CL ambitions and wanting to go to a big club like Lpool, here you leighton there’s a contract that’ll keep you happy.

  • 144 Tsunki // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    BandB @ 137 – well that’s what they did at Liverpool.

  • 145 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    tsunki

    hahahaha

    hull , don’t they play a bit now under bent nose ?

  • 146 Tsunki // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Crow59 nah we have Tiote. Any girlieness will not be tolerated.

  • 147 mattnufc // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    @JfA
    Why so cynical? Everton could easily finish in CL place and almost probably an Europa league place.

  • 148 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    tsunki

    until he gets a red card ;)

  • 149 Crow59 // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Haha plus I heard he told cabaye he ain’t getting no plane haha

  • 150 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Spot on Ancientcoptic @136. The wage is the main reason we can’t hang on to Cabaye. Ashley won’t raise the club maximum. In fact I would wager he will try to lower it once Colo leaves. One of the many reasons we can’t compete for top 6 consistently. Joe being another reason. Paul the octopus would do a better job (and he’s dead I think).

  • 151 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Matt

    Everton are doing it right

    showing there players they have ambition

    that will mean a lot to the other players that he has signed

  • 152 Tsunki // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Oh and by the way lads, remember this thread well, the thread where Tsunki promised that if we loses this next derby I will be seriously anti-Pardew, and only a CL place or winning the league will repair the broken bond of love we once shared.

  • 153 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    @Tads Chelsea fans don’t need to worry about funding off their club. But seriously HTF can Mata be worth 12 million more than Cabaye who imo will become a cimplete fcuking super star if he goes to psg.

  • 154 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    I can see nobody’s taking the whole Captain and Toenail breakup seriously. Well it’s real. They’re getting a divorce. It’s over. What’s next, the Beatles breaking up?

  • 155 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    mattnufc,
    Exactly, and had we brought in more than one striker last summer and strengthened the wings this Janusry so might we and Cabaye might be tempted to stay but Mashers has no intention of offering him an improved deal.

  • 156 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Its just sickening what is happening to our club I think it will be a devastating result if Cabaye leaves just before the Sunderland game we could get beat off them and can you imagine the morale between the team and fans?

    Pardew cant win without Cabaye he always plays weird formations when he does not play its just a worry we go back to long ball football when he goes

    Personally I would just play Arfa there as I think one of the main reasons Cabaye is flourishing is the midfield 4 behind him are closing everything down and working hard although Cabaye puts a shift in as well not sure Arfa would do as much work but offers a bit more pace and ability to skin players

  • 157 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Man love is always treacherous Tsunki as you well know. Don’t give your heart away that easily mate. Save it for the real thing, like me with Toenail.

  • 158 Tsunki // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    G2 – sadly Paul the Octopus has left us for oceans new. I heard he was a nice guy. Especially nice thinly sliced and sautéed in a garlic and white wine jus.

  • 159 BandB // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    matt,

    Is this the same Everton that finished nine points adrift of us 18 months ago, and are just six points ahead of us now?
    I think the Baines/Cabaye comparison illustrates precisely the water that has flowed under the bridge since then.

  • 160 Ted Bundy // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Wonder if this’ll disconcert Cabaye’s buddy, Debuchy, into having another mood swing and putting in an inept, careless performance, tomorrow night, like it did in the 1st game of the season when the rumours were swirling around.

  • 161 Mister Tuff // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Sometimes a good method of assessing a situation is to place yourself in the position of the person being discussed.
    What would you do if you were Cabaye. If it was me I honestly think I would be away at the first opportunity. What can Cabaye be offered at SJP -basically -nowt. At PSG he will multiply his wages, get a nice wedge of dosh, get a League winners medal this season and CL football.

  • 162 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    That’s horrible Tsunki mate! Talking about eating Paul like that. Shame on you! Paul was a genius unlike wor Joe. We would be a much stronger club with him as DoF. Get a small squid as understudy and away we go.

  • 163 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Where is Markaccus? I still have some issues to discuss with him? Did he get the little budgie proctoscope I sent him? Is he using it properly? There are important questions to be answered.

  • 164 JP...from The Rock // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Where the Fcuk is De JONG!?? Wasn’t he supposed to be signed before the match tomorrow!?

    I am so sick of being fed lies n’ shit everyday by this club.

  • 165 Tsunki // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    I think he had a problem with the drill attachment G2

  • 166 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    No, no that was for the beak worms Tsunki! This is horrible! He should contact me immediately before more damage is done.

  • 167 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    Mister Tuff I fear that is exactly what is happening. We pay crap wages compared to many other clubs in the Prem. But Ashley doesn’t care because the whole plan is to sell these lads and leave us high and dry. We have no chance of getting Remy on a permanent deal either.

  • 168 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    ErnestHemingway…I am not saying paying £35M for Carroll by it self is well spent money mate ;)

    Spoof and I were talking about the way Liverpool conducts business. They made sure they had a replacement for Torres before they sold and they made sure they were making £15M in the process.

    So Carroll didn’t pan out…that was never really in the cards that would happen.

  • 169 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    So just to summarize my main concerns at the moment:
    1. we have a cheapa** owner
    2. Tsunki has man love issues with Pardew
    3. budgie beakworm vs flatulence. Using the proper tool for the proper job.
    4. Getting a better DoF. Are there any porpoises or dolphins available since Paul is no longer with us?

  • 170 cyprus // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    “What can Cabaye be offered at SJP -basically -nowt.”

    (The other) JFK quote:”Ask not what your country or team can do for you, ask what you can do for your country or team.” Can HE lead us into the CL?

    On wage bills, I believe we are a couple notches above Everton (8th, 10th).

  • 171 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Jesper mate Ernie is a shrewd lad. But is his chest hair up to snuff? Is he truly wild and wooly? Only time will tell. I will watch his development with interest.

  • 172 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    GT…he is definitely wild and wooly mate :D lol

  • 173 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    That just goes to show how clever Everton have been with their managerial hirings Cyprus mate. I would have Martinez over Pardew in a heart beat. Plus Tsunki has broken up with Pards so he’ll be a broken man now. :(

  • 174 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Why not wait until the summer and if he rally has to go sell him as soon as the WC is done and have plenty of time to replace him, this fat fusker just loves playing games.

  • 175 cyprus // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    G2,
    Maybe you should retract, else get ready for some men from both sides to attack you:
    “I would have Martinez over Pardew in a heart beat.” Have as a coach you mean, right? ;)

  • 176 cyprus // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Jail
    I don’t think it’s fair to call Cabs a “fat fusker”

  • 177 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    That would make too much sense Jail mate @174. Why not sell him at the end of this window and bring nobody in as with Carroll? Then Ashley can watch us grind our teeth for a few months before screwing up the summer window. Simple really.

  • 178 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I have no man love issues at all with Martinez Cyprus mate. But I’m keeping an eye on Tsunki.

  • 179 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    There are rumours going about that Joe is having his own DoF of the Year award made. Mike will present it to him in a small private ceremony at the end of the season. Beautiful.

  • 180 cyprus // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    G2,
    I know mate, just kidding. I do enjoy your posts, btw.

  • 181 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    Ta Cyprus. Very kind. Your chest hair is on the way mate.

  • 182 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    So just to make sure everyone is clear on a few key items:
    1. there is no truth to the rumours that the Beatles have broken up.
    2. Toenail is mine. Hands off everyone.
    3. Tsunki remains in my eyes a manly man. His self professed love for Pardew is all a clever ruse.
    4. Markaccus is skating on thin ice with his misuse of highly technical equipment.

  • 183 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Ernie? Some comments from you please? And Mr. Tuff, you’re looking even woolier than usual mate.

  • 184 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    5. ErnestHemingway is definitely wild and wooly. We will watch him with great interest ;)

  • 185 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Does anyone know if Swansea have bought or loaned N’Gog?

  • 186 Graeme // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    B&B @ 137 – we dont need one; we have Shola.

  • 187 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    I like SOTON’s manager. This is how he conducts himself in the media – and mind you SOTON does not have CL football and nor will they have next season:

    “…Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino insists Luke Shaw will not be sold this week”

    Pardew:

    “…Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits he cannot be certain Yohan Cabaye will still be at the Premier League club when the January transfer window closes on Friday night.”

  • 188 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM

    Mates at this time I think we should all take a deep breath, scratch ourselves in a manly fashion (each scratch his own self I mean) and then get back to the business of deciding how to improve our squad. Are we in agreement? Harrumph.

  • 189 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Is everybody finished scratching yet? :shock:

  • 190 toonking // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    jesper

    what pardew is doing here is he is learning from his mistakes.

    “andy carroll will not be getting sold this window”
    than m8 was the quote we were constantly hearing from him that month and then comes the sale of him just before the window closed.

  • 191 Ben3arfa // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Cyprus youre an Ashley ass-kisser

  • 192 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    No? Ok I’ll give you a few more minutes.

  • 193 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    I will have you know I have a very hairy chest and a big ginger beard.

    I also drinking Irish stout.

    Pork scratchings for later.

  • 194 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Well said Ernie. I heartily approve mate. Still you can never go wrong with some extra chest hair. I’ll send you some.

  • 195 JAMSHA // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    AdamArma @AdamArma9 1m
    Buzzing!! Travelling to Norwich to meet
    up with the first team for the game
    tomorrow!! Good luck to the England
    lads tomorrow!! ?

    so amstrong replaces cisse

  • 196 Ben3arfa // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Wake me up when Kinnear dies or when he decides to do some bloody work and sign someone PERMANENTLY

  • 197 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Well off I go to exercise mates.

  • 198 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    If Cabaye goes and we don’t buy anyone
    Maybe try Sissoko in the middle in the Cabaye role and bring in Ben Arfa or Marvo as the wide player

  • 199 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    Of you could please squire.

    Can you address it to;

    Mr E Hemingway
    69 Manly Street
    Upper Hairy Chest
    Mutton Chop-shire

  • 200 check the toastie // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Good news on Armstrong, kid looks good, long way to go mind.

    Cabaye has been let down by the club, he doesn’t know whether he is coming or going, how is he supposed to show any type of loyalty or commitment when clearly the club are pawning him around hoping to make cash from him at some point.

    The whole thing is a disgrace, we don’t need the money and it appears Cabaye doesn’t want to go, however, Mikey thinks it ‘good business’ its not, you are selling one of our best players, proper clubs just don’t do it.

    I wonder would Mikey let his best executive transfer over to another sports retail company, of course he wouldn’t he would offer him a new contract and crack on.

    He simply doesn’t give two shits about the club, he has given up.

    However I have the right to take this back if he signs some decent players over the next few days. :)

  • 201 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Geordie two, manly exercises? Squat thrusts and the like?

  • 202 josh // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    What a lovely person you are ben3arfa

  • 203 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I would rather play Armstrong than Cisse at the moment at least the boy can hold the ball up and pass to a team mate !

    How amazing would it be if he was to come off the bench and just become this wonderkid that storms the premiership? Too optimistic I know

  • 204 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Toonking…Pardew says it best when he says nothing at all!

    …he should just focus on any replacement if Cabaye should leave and stop sounding like a salesman – leave that to those in charge of that.

    If you had read both Pardew’s statement and my post you will see Pardew says any team without CL cannot keep players when a team like PSG comes along though it seems SOTON’s manager begs the difference.

  • 205 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    jamsha at 195 i hope so with armstrong as he was in the squad to play 2 games for eng u17 this week . just watched the highlights of u 17 game away to man u who had not been beaten at home this season .although it was via mufc tv it was quite onesided to us .although 2 -1 should have been more. second goal was very good team goal from deep in defence in 4 passes rounded off by sidefoot home by armstrong .

  • 206 OhSholaAmeobi // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:02 PM

    wish PSG and blanc would jog the f*** on. what other manager is allowed to openly discuss and unsettle targets in public? money breeds arrogance. they can pay up or shut up.

  • 207 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Not too worried what pardew says, he knows Ashley does as he pleases so pointless pardew saying we will try and keep him, like he did with Carroll, when his boss undermines him.

    Southampton have an owner not keen to sell.

  • 208 lesh // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Can we assume that as Kinnear’s tied up moving Cabaye on that we can forget about anyone coming in? You’ve got to feel sorry for Kinnear, he’s under such.pressure and there’s only so much a man can do.

    That boss of his, Ashley has had weeks to deal with Cabaye’s exit and he’s dropped that task to Kinnear today. How cam he be expected to cope and bring players in by close on Friday. De Jong, too late, too busy dealing with Cabaye. A replacement for him? Forget it, haven’t enough time.

    So there we go. The best laid plans disrupted and unachievable just because PSG decide to make their move over the weekend – inconsiderate, totally thoughtless of them.

    I’m sure we’ll all understand come Friday night that getting players in, over the line in such circumstances was impossible!

  • 209 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I beg the difference; I don’t want to hear sells preaches every week from Pardew!

    …it is not about whether a manager or his owner will sell a player if the money is right it’s about whether that manager or owner is shopping them around every week or not.

    Just keep quite and make sure we have a replacement if Cabaye goes (TS you don’t have to agree you know, but you seem to miss my point all the time today ;) )

  • 210 toonking // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    jesp

    a manager can say what ever he like but in the world of football this day and age what a manager says is nothing more than a bunch of words.

    when pardew says that if a CL team comes in for someone then a non CL tem will struggle what he means is teams such as united city Chelsea PSG barca and Madrid…… these teams have got a lot more money than what teams such as Southampton and Newcastle have.

    e tried to keep hold of carroll but Liverpool offered £35 mil for him and when that is offered we can’t refuse it.

    pardew allowed ba to go back into the centre and was determined to keep him but chelsea offer bigger wages so of course he is going to leave.

    I’m surprised pardew is not threatening to quit and just leave the job for JFK

  • 211 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    toonking..you are still not getting my point mate :)

  • 212 Markaccus // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    G2

    Slander! You have no right to question my budgie-care!

  • 213 JAMSHA // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    if we play with 2 strikers hope we play amstrong n remy not shola n.remy

    –********** krul

    Debu–*–mibwa*——-***wilo***********santoon

    ——–*-**********-*tiote

    Remy—————cabaye——————gufo

    ——————–amstrong

  • 214 Markaccus // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Just because i won the perruche d’or 5 years running!

  • 215 Markaccus // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    If we sell cabaye we will be lucky to finnish 10th, unless he is properly replaced.

  • 216 Markaccus // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Bat fastard is bound to sell

  • 217 toonking // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    well we will just have to disagree because I don’t F…en care what southamptons manager says.

    the point pardew is making here is he has seen what happened to carroll he saw what happened to ba so why lie to the fans and press when he knows that we have got a f…en owner who is just so greedy.

  • 218 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Yes, lets just leave it at that

  • 219 RUNAWAY777 // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    even sunderland got money to spend Sky Sports sources understand that Sunderland have agreed a fee of £3million with Internacional for striker Ignacio Scocco. Sunderland have spent much of the January transfer window trying to finalise a deal for Scocco, where going geet bet again off the scum sorry lads

  • 220 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    If we sell Cabaye and lose the derby in the same weekend and no-one is brought in there will be riots for sure .

  • 221 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    jesper at 185 the soton manager who complained to the premier league and fa about clattenberg and was told he had no complaint and has had to eat crow by saying he would have no problem him refereeing in future .he has also spent 35 mill on wanyama loveren and osvaldo who has just been suspended for 2 weeks for nutting a teamate as well as playing crap avery good buy for 15 mill not.

  • 222 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    1949…and your reference to my point is?

  • 223 RUNAWAY777 // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    glad i got out 2 years ago i love nufc and miss match days but will not put money in that fat tweets pocket no way,when will rest follow and stop away,answer will never happen.

  • 224 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    Apart from the remaining midfielders in the first team squad remember Jonas is only on loan and we have this list of younguns

    mehdi abeid panathinaikos
    shane ferguson birmingham
    conor newton st. mirren
    haris vuckic rotheram
    romain amaltifano dijon

    Abeid has 5 goals in 8 matches – not bad for a midfielder

  • 225 check the toastie // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Reckon Luuk de Jong will be at Norwich, its why Cisse hasnt travelled, Cabaye is a certainty to play as well, so my ‘insider’ tells me.

    Reckon its his farewell, it will be a demonstration on how the game can pass him by sometimes, bit split on whether its worth flogging him, don’t like to sell our best players but don’t think he is as good as folk make out.

    A bit one paced, struggles with fitness, cant take a man on, a liability at times and suffers from depression. Sounds like we should give him away. Scores the odd worldy goal so he gets himself on match of the day whilst Anita and Tiote run twice the distance…..

    Strange one, if we where guaranteed quick replacements I would tell him to f##k right off. We would be better with a ‘Coutinho’ type in front of Tiote and Anita.

    If only if Benny could be arsed to get fit and offer for the ball a bit more. Benny is so disappointing he could be a world beater, what a waste.

  • 226 jazzyp // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Olivier letang……….Psg’s sporting director has just tweeted a deal has been struck for £25 million for the sale of Shola ameobi to Psg

  • 227 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    How’s Amaltifano doing?

  • 228 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    jazzyp…and they thought they were getting Cabs :D lol

  • 229 Markaccus // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    25mil is not enough for sho!

  • 230 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Mark…don’t even joke about that!

  • 231 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Not sure DeJong will be in by tomorrow marra.

    Maybe he will be there to watch.

    Cabaye is off if someone offers 20m or more, that is the way Mash works. He figures Carr will get him an appreciating replacement for 10-15m. Cabaye’s value will be unlikely to go higher.

    As people have said, we are safe from relegation, we will be a worse team without Cabaye but, we will still get points.

    Personally, I am not arsed if he goes (since it seems that is what he wants) but really they should have replacements in. That’s probably what this panicked Grenier bid is about. From what he says, does not seem he is interested.

    I would at least like to see some intent to sign Cabella if Cabaye goes though and DeJong should be a given.

  • 232 Markaccus // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Jesper

    Come on, if someone offers 30mil for shola messiobi, surely we should take it?

  • 233 Harley // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    Check

    I completely agree with every point you made.

    I know cabella is a different type of player but he’s far more suited to the number 10 role cabaye had played in a few times.

    Tiote and Anita are more than good enough as a midfield 2.

    Cabaye is good but not irreplaceable. As long as we get a decent replacement in I really dont see it being that much of a problem.

  • 234 jazzyp // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    In all seriousness lads we knew this day was coming.And as much as I will be gutted Cabs is leaving us, At the same time I will be glad it will be all over and we can move on as a club so long as the deal is right for the club

  • 235 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Is that the same Shane Ferguson that’s completed 90 mins once in a struggling Brum side and the Connor Newton with 0 minutes PL experience, Vukics been around awhile now whys he not on loan at Burnley or Leicester if he’s expected to come in and do a job.

  • 236 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Personally think if we are getting rid of Cabaye we should be looking to get Siem De Jong in a little bit younger and is a very similar player he might actually score more goals than Cabaye in the no 10 role for us actually bit better in the air as well

    Plus if we are getting Luuk in as well it makes sense

    Would love to see us sign a proper left winger as well someone who can cross and who is pacey so we have options

  • 237 Graeme // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    The FCB is out to make money, not spend it. The chances are that the sale of Cabaye has already been agreed but it will not be announced until Thursday thereby allowing Joke to claim there was not enough time to scout and agree the purchase of a replacement.

    Exactly the same situation as AC to the bindippers. If we are lucky and Ashley has a good summer, we may get 2 or 3 young bloods in by the end of August.

    Such is life at NUFC these days!!

  • 238 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Cabaye can’t be going anywhere Jo said nobody was leaving this January.

  • 239 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Pardew knows more than he lets on, he hinted at the start of the window that late movement would affect our incomings.

  • 240 jazzyp // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Santon
    Siem de jong is available for around a bargain price of around £6 mill, And that is a steal

  • 241 check the toastie // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Anybody wanting some good news then here it comes – on the official .co.uk site the lads are all training well for tomorrows game including Cabaye and Shola isn’t in one picture, Marv and Benny are having a laugh as well.

    You know what the club isn’t in such a bad place lads.

    Looking forward to smashing the Mackems and getting lashed after. Up the Toon.

    Remember Ashley is the man who has gave us Krul, Debuchy, Santon, Mbiwa, Collocini, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Anita, Marv, Cisse, Sissoko, and a few more.

    Don’t lose the faith, this might all take off once he realises Parsnip is useless.

    Why does he persist in him. Oh that’s right he never ever complains……….

  • 242 Rotonda heights // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Doesn’t Pardew get kickbacks or commission for any player sales, so I think he doth protest too much!

    Personally I think it’s a not a bad move to get 20M+ for a 28 year old who once went on strike to force a move , as long as we get Grenier or / and Cabella.

    Shame it took Pardew so long to see where Cabaye’s best position is.

  • 243 MosesNUFC // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    If Cabaye leaves then ben arfa should come back into the number 10 role and give cisse a start against norwich maybe.
    Team v norwich:
    Debuchy/Williamson/M’Biwa/Haidara
    Tiote/Anita
    Sissoko/Ben Arfa/Gouffran
    Remy
    Team v sunderland, same as norwich but santon could come back in.

    This is where pardew has to really give benny a kick up the arse if cabaye leaves.

  • 244 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Mark…hehe :) I would even drive him to the airport

  • 245 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Jail for Ashley

    “Is that the same Shane Ferguson that’s completed 90 mins once in a struggling Brum side and the Connor Newton with 0 minutes PL experience, Vukics been around awhile now whys he not on loan at Burnley or Leicester if he’s expected to come in and do a job”

    You are a mackem you f–cking c–nt
    I’ve have long suspected it.

    Bar this tosser immediately Ed

  • 246 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    check…maybe it is Shola PSG is after after all ;)

  • 247 check the toastie // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Could be worse we could have just signed David Ngog, oh my word wots that all about….

    We have more than enough to continue to go along decently, reckon we wont sign a striker permanently until the summer. If West ham go down I could see us going in for Big Andy, I think Pardew loves him, I think he is the bees knees meeself, and at least Pardew will have the target man he has always wanted, don’t think he has ever got over losing Andy.

    Leon Best and Demba Ba were Pardews best front two, he only came across Cisse when Best got injured, the mans a dinosaur in sharp crisp modern footballing terms., and he only came across Leon Best when Shola was injured.

    A bizarre judge of footballer Parsnip is. Sammi over a fit Ben Arfa two seasons ago, what was all that about. Never forget how inept he can and has been.

  • 248 pottsclock // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Hopefully we’ll win comfortably tomorrow and go in for Siem. Sport headline in the Sun the next day “Toon on song but in double de Jong ding-dong as Cabaye looks long gone.”

  • 249 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    Jeff,
    Do you come on here when you’re tired of bashing the Mrs.

  • 250 2_goal_tino // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    @ Check 241 – Krul signed in 2005. Well before Ashley

  • 251 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:26 PM

    A lot of you have asked my where are the Markaccuses (Markacci?) of yesteryear? Sigh. I just don’t know. I think he’s a bit down about not spotting that outbreak of beakworm earlier. And I think he’s using his budgie proctoscope in the wrong little budgie crevice. Well don’t worry Markaccus mate! We all make mistakes.

  • 252 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    jesper at 222 he is not that likeable.

  • 253 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    He’s got the budgie fever
    He likes to boogie down
    He’s got the budgie fever
    I think it’s going around.
    Beautiful. By the Sylvers I believe.

  • 254 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Budgie Fever is going to make a comeback. I’m sure of it.

  • 255 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    No wining or dining but we are about to get f**ked again by Ashley and co………………………again!!!!!!!!!!!

    Does he even realise that all he’s doing is devaluing his own company by making it harder to progress in the future???

  • 256 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Great ditty geordietwo. I would groove to that.

    Jeff has either had too much to drink or not enough. Fancy a Murphy’s, Jeff lad? It’s lovely gear

  • 257 check the toastie // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Jeff – has Jail not got a vaild point, most of our young uns never pull up any trees whilst out on loan. Obviously Abeid is doing well, but clearly the lad is talented, think he might return next year and be close to the first team hopefully, the rest are going nowhere. Although I always liked Tavernier, shame he hasn’t been given a sniff.

    Bigi is a canny lad as well. Sammy is a show pony.

  • 258 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    A lot of you have asked me about budgie insomnia. I put a little rum and coke in their budgie water. In fact I don’t think there’s any water in there at all any more. They love it! :)

  • 259 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    1949…Ohh! I am not talking about being likeable. My point was about why shop our players around each window.

    Pardew doesn’t have to say anything to be honest. Even Joke gets it, when he said no players would be leaving in January!

    So what if a player leaves – any club would sell if the money is right! I just want Pardew to concentrate on getting a replacement if needed!

    SOTON’s manager is getting burying the discussing as he should…in my opinion!

  • 260 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Thanks Ernie. We are both clearly very groovy mate. I believe Jeff worries too much. Get some funk in your life like Ernie and I Jeff mate.

  • 261 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    JFA
    No chance of bashing my missus she’s a scouse.
    However she’d have no probs knocking the spots off a prawn sandwich eating, soccer , know nowt ,johnny come lately , like you.
    Did you know there was footy before the Premier League ?

  • 262 pottsclock // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    I can’t see Amalfitano cutting the mustard at Dijon

  • 263 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    *getting it right by…

  • 264 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Speaking of budgies has anyone r ad John burridges autobiography? Great read. There is a brilliant story of how abd why he left Newcastle. It involved ossie ardiles. Does anyone know this story?

  • 265 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Potts
    double groan

  • 266 check the toastie // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    tino – thanks for your input – oh my god……

  • 267 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    *I don’t even know John burridge!

  • 268 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    I think a good jig around the mulberry Bush would do Jeff the world of good. That and a good drink.

  • 269 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Jail

    The harsh reality is that we simply do not produce anywhere near enough young players that are anywhere near good enough for the Premier League. We currently only have one that has come through in Saylor and one that may progress in time with Dummett, the rest?

  • 270 croftus5678 // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    o.k. so the football side of things not the money side of it as we all know mike is very unpredictable and we dont know for sure if cabaye is sold wether the money will be re-spent :-(

    “if” we replace cabaye with grenier “if” i can see good and bad in it tbh.
    cabaye soon be 29yo and is in his prime now but how long will he go on for ? grenier 23yo and although not as good and untested at prem lvl he does seem to have the skill lvl to make cabaye not missed much in our team if he does go so that could be our silver lining (hopefully)

    cabella would add another lvl of play on the wing for us imo (and yes i know he’s been played as no10 but i think he will be our winger/striker with goofy the other side and (touch wood) luuk through the middle.

    my pick of mid’s would be tiote/sissoko and grenier/cabaye depending on what happens.

  • 271 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Love it pottsy mate @262. Ernie can you tell us more? About John Burridge I mean? Did he have budgies? I always worried about Ossie Ardiles as well.

  • 272 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Jeff,
    People like you come and go, you hurl insults, realise the blog is not only one point of view and can’t handle it, you get upset andfrustrated and fusk off back to the sh!t blog you came from.

  • 273 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Ih, and then blame people like me for ruining the blog.

  • 274 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Jesper

    I know what you mean about always talking about players being available etc, but if he is asked those questions by the media what else is he to say? it’s either no comment (which does him no favours with the press or fans), he isn’t going anywhere (which isn’t true as Ashley sees the money) or yes he may go (he did and gets slated)…..he can’t really please everyone with anything he says.

    For me whether pardew touts cabaye about or not the clubs who want him will bid, no matter what he says or doesn’t say.

    For me it’s not an issue, he’s just been honest, he has to answer questions if he keeps getting asked so might as well be honest.

  • 275 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    On more than one occasion the outspoken ‘keeper would find that disagreements he had during his career would come back to haunt him. His days at Newcastle were numbered when Osvaldo Ardiles was appointed as manager of the Magpies. Burridge and Ardiles had had a spat when the little Argentinian midfielder was playing for Tottenham.

    Ardiles was neither forgetting nor forgiving Burridge and it was time for him to move on…..again. Burridge lapsed into a severe depression after his retirement from football which resulted in him being sectioned

  • 276 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    jack

    not just an ashley problem with bad kids coming through…..it’s a problem made much worse when we scrapped the whole set up under KK.

    Ideally we should use pardews knowledge of how southamptons academy works and try to model on theirs, bets in the country by far

  • 277 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    From
    Fotballspeak

  • 278 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Ossie is not Budgie kind of guys…rumors has it he’s more into the fig parrot ;)

  • 279 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    JB,
    I would be buzzing if Fergie and Vukic could have came through, but the clubs they’re at shows unfortunately they are at their level, as I said Brum aren’t exactly setting there division alight and how many starts has he made, pointless bigging these kids up only to shoot them down, have you seen the abuse Sammi A gets on here after a poor performance.

  • 280 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Sage

    Agree mate the problem isn’t a new one, it’s been there for 20 years or longer, but you would have thought that with Ashley seemingly reluctance to spend he would focus on the youth side of things in the hope to save a few quid here and there

  • 281 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    That’s quite a sad story about Burridge Jeff. I could have cheered him up if I’d known. As for the blog, why yes we still run wild and free (unless Ed shuts me down for a while that is). Beautiful.

  • 282 croftus5678 // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    @276 ts

    i agree

  • 283 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Fig parrots you say jesper mate? Fig parrots? I’m flabbergasted. I’m appalled. No wonder he was sacked.

  • 284 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Jail

    I think we are all so desperate to see us find the next Shearer from one of our own that we latch onto any sign of quality from our young ‘uns in the hope that we have produced a real gem.

    The reality however is completely different as the only youngsters we do have that may one day make their mark are those that we have bought from other clubs.

    For a club of this size and stature we are so far behind in so many area’s

  • 285 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    You heard the one about the Mackem e-mailing the FA about allowing flares at their Wembley final.
    The FA wanted to know why he wwas so interested in flares

    “Thats what we wore the last time we was at Wembley”

  • 286 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    jack

    we seem to bring a lot of good under 18′s through and they play regular for england youth teams then they all seem to fade, none really kick on at all.

    maybe it’s just how it works or maybe we struggle to go from 16/17 year old kids into 18 year old first teamers

  • 287 pottsclock // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I’m just waiting for JFK (not the one who shagged Marilyn Monroe) to make a signing so I can judge him by it.

    It’s a bit like your plumber asking you to make a recommendation on Check-a-trade for him and then saying that he can’t fit you in for another 16months.

  • 288 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    J4A…I would prefer he either said “no players of important will be leaving” or “no comment”!

    …no one holds a grudge at Pardew for Carroll leaving for £35M.

    I’ll tell you this I have never in my life seen a manager tauting around his players like Pardew and I do find a bit off-putting to be honest. I get it – it doesn’t bug some of you (it was just my opinion anyway)

  • 289 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    Well harrumph, enough of that. Quite upsetting. Back to your more serious questions. Why is Pardew always scratching himself during games you ask? Why is he always playing pocket pool on the sidelines? He clearly isn’t using that cream I sent him. The man just won’t listen.

  • 290 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    GT…don’t get my started on Joke then…he prefers the Princess Parrot ;) lol

  • 291 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    For the life of me I can’t understand why anyone is willing to let Cabaye go for anything less than £25 million .

    Do some people think that if we sell Yohan the money will be reinvested straight away ? , gimme a break .

    Cabaye still has a solid 5 years plus left in the gas tank and is our best player yet some people are happy to see him leave after what happened with Carroll .

    Bale left Spurs and they spent the money straight away (although the only decent players they got were Erikksen & Paulinho) yet the £ 35 Mill we got for Andy was lost behind the sofa .

    DON’T LET ASHLEY WIN, BOYYCOTT THE GAMES IF CABAYE IS SOLD AND WE DON’T BRING ANYONE IN.

    Its the only way .

  • 292 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    Sammi scored that wonder goal for Boro then done nothing, Boro did not want to extend his loan yet he was brought back here and included in the squad, on what foundation, he’s cheap and home grown, as for being a mackem for not liking Mike Ashley and his policies there’s only a small minority of narrow minded posters who hurl that insult.

  • 293 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Sage

    The progression from under 18/19 level through to first team squad involvement is the hardest part of a players development, but its something that so many other clubs have been able to get right it’s a question that we should be asking of our club as to why we seem incapable of doing the same.

    It’s not a question of money as it’s all down to the standards and expectation of our coaching set-up and thats where I think we are lacking tbh

  • 294 croftus5678 // Jan 27, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    i personally dont think our youth is anywhere near as bad as people make out on here tbh ! just we have a really good 1st team that they cant get in.

    i would say a fair few of our youngsters could do a decent job in the lower/mid prem but obv need the right players around them to support that.

    abied is a star player in greece now (still ours) tav is star man out on loan / newton is a major player for mirran and been star man a few times / cambell getting good reviews also so we are not producing poor players just not star players of the highest quality ! but in fairness not many teams do and they normally buy there “star youngsters” for high prices from other teams.

  • 295 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    We’re all a bit cranky in these last days of the window lads. Let’s all just use our cream and try to relax shall we?

  • 296 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    You heard the one about the Mackem e-mailing the FA about allowing flares at their Wembley final.
    The FA wanted to know why he wwas so interested in flares

    “Thats what we wore the last time we was at Wembley”

  • 297 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    croftus5678

    Our youngster that are doing well are doing it in the lower leagues and when they have been given a chance in the PL they have all been found wanting. Most of the top clubs in the PL have players in their squad that have come through their ranks while we have just one which is a sad state of affairs

  • 298 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    jack

    exactly, it’s difficult by look around other clubs and a lot of them have kids who step up when the teams is shot and do a decent job.

    west brom, southampton, liverpool, everton, tottenham, man utd, all have had kids come into the team this year and either shine or at least not look out of place.

    I think maybe we need to be willing to loan them out before the age of 19/20….send them out at 17/18 more…glad they have with young adam campbell. A season is scotland will do a lot more than youth football….even just from a mental and physcial point, if not technical

  • 299 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Tee hee Jeff mate. Once you use your cream and listen to Budgie Fever a few times you’ll calm right down. Beautiful.

  • 300 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    The joke fell flat on its arse the first time Jeff.

  • 301 GeordieTwo // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Well time to go buy some grub.

  • 302 anthc // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Reading gfn france grenier has no interest in joining us. With cabaye going I’m dreading the derby as the filth are on a high and our lads especially the french will be on a right downer. Unless by a miracle we sign someone.

  • 303 JackButler // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    Sage

    Maybe it’s not about us being unwilling to loan them out earlier, perhaps there are no takers for them? Whatever the reasons the model that we are currently following obviously isn’t working and needs a complete overhaul

  • 304 croftus5678 // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    @291 bpc

    the carroll money was spent as has been discussed a hell of a lot of times >.< that situation is not good for having a go at ashley it was a plus point with him i'm all for taking ashley out if he's done wrong and he does that norm every week.

    personally i agree with you that cabaye if sold will not be re-spent as i think he will pocket a chunk of it at the least (the greedy *&^%$£") but i do see an advantage if the right younger player (grenier could be that player) came in before cabaye leave's.

    imo i dont think we will look to sell him more like cabaye forcing himself out like he tried to do at the start again (no loyalty in players)

  • 305 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    It fell flat on its arse cos this blog is riddled with Mackem WUMs – you should have all pretended to laugh thru clenched teeth.

  • 306 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    jack

    I’ve said before we need to look at top academies, barca, ajaz, etc…even southampton. See what they do, it’s not coincidence they are always at the top for producing kids.

    Then I’d approach either the head academy development coach, or some of his understudies and offer then the job to work on our academy and change it as they see fit (provide good funds for it) and see the results a few years down the line.

  • 307 Marty-Toon // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Ok lads,bets are on :-)
    I reckon he’ll be sold for 20/25 million
    We won’t get replacement in and Joke will say we’ve got things sorted for the summer,APwill have to do with what he’s got which the board believes is a top ten challenging squad.
    I dint expect him to want to leave until after the WC due to him not being sure of a place in a new team
    At Nufc nothing surprises me longer…
    Knew this window would be Sh1te

  • 308 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Jeff,
    I think you’re on the wrong blog, this ones been going for a while now and funnily enough our one time resident mackem wum was also called jeff.

  • 309 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Sell Cabaye, sign Cabella, Siem De Jong, Luuk De Jong and Zouma and then go for fourth place. Siem De Jong is available for £5m. I’d like to see him snapped up. Marveuax should be starting more now.

  • 310 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    I know we should have strengthened now, regardless of cabaye staying or going.

    but i think hba could fill that central number 10 role, even give marv 6/7 games to save his career as we wont go much higher or lower in the league anyway.

  • 311 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    There is a lot more to budgies exit from the toon than that Jeff! I will fill you in when I get home. I’m driving the Volvo home from work.

    Jesper

    John burridge was an eccentric goalkeeper we had in the late 1980s….he had really bizarre warm ups like walking around on his hands. He is called budgie as during a game he sat on the cross bar!

  • 312 Ketsbaia9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Krul

    Debuchy Mbiwa Zouma Santon

    Anita

    Ben Arfa Cabella

    Marveaux

    Cisse Remy

    Subs:

    Elliott
    Coloccini
    Haidara
    Siem De Jong
    Sissoko
    Abeid
    Luuk De jong
    Gouffran
    Raylor
    Saylor

  • 313 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    The move has been engineered by Cabaye from the get go.
    He plays out of his skin when he’s in the public eye.
    Other games he imitates a sewage worker (goes thru the motions)
    Players have way too much power in the modern game.
    Hey ho the window will be shut soon

  • 314 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    @ Croftus

    I am all for selling Cabaye if we bring in a few players and make the team better but Ashley is in charge so it will never happen .

    As for the Carroll money, we should be able to spend the majority of that money immediately to strengthen the squad regardless . That doesn’t even factor in the year on year investment it takes to run a successful PL club .

    £10 million every transfer window isn’t asking for the world and plenty of clubs in the Premier League do it . The difference is they either:

    a) Can’t attract the calibre of player we can
    b) Don’t have a scout like Carr who gets it right 90% of the time .

    Imagine what Carr could do with £15-20 million a year ? .

  • 315 croftus5678 // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    @297 jb

    i see what you are saying but imo those figures sell us way short tbh.

    hairdryer/dummett/bigi i dont think have let us down in any way when played tbh

    fergie a few seasons ago we was all singing his praises for his first team performances but now our team has improved and he cant get in it he’s suddenly never going to be good enough (to me that just shows how good our first team has become from what it was)

    sammy has played some games where he has looked top quality (but mostly avg) so unless he plays more he wont be able to take those errors outa his game and we will do what we do in calling the hell outa anyone who has a bad game if they do play so what chance does he have to improve in our 1st team ?

    curtis good again didnt do anything wrong when called upon in 1st team but needs more prem experiance.

  • 316 Graeme // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    croftus @ 304

    The goal for this season has been met, JFK has confirmed we have a much stronger team all round than when we finished 5th.

    There will be no 1st team player bought in the January window. The Cabaye money is just part of the plan – buy young & cheap, sell high. They have absolutely no ambition to to anything else.

  • 317 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    its shocking no one has figured out why cabaye will NOT be sold. That would require JFK to actually complete a deal. …….

  • 318 croftus5678 // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    @314 bpc

    yep i would love to see carr’s targets from a few years ago and see what they are worth now (maybe we should make him our new manager :-) or atleast give him joke’s job.

  • 319 RonVanDam // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Let me get this, we are going to sell first before buying this late into the transfer window?

    I would like to have DL back, JK doesnt know how to negotiate.

  • 320 croftus5678 // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    i can see the headlines now that we allready have a strong cm with anita/sissoko/tiote/bigi/vukic/gos all fighting for 2 spots :-(

  • 321 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    big papa

    We brought in 5 frenchman and a swiss , last winter window , for 19 million

  • 322 RonVanDam // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    So we sent Gutti out on loan, dont get any players in to push for CL spot and Cabaye is on the verge of leaving.

  • 323 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    @ Jeff

    Only because Ashley was scared his cash cow was going to be relegated from the big bucks league so he panicked . You’re deluded if you think that was anything other than desperation .

    Are some people forgetting Ashley is getting £60 million in TV money as well like and we haven’t seen a penny of it ? .

  • 324 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Class.
    http://nothingbutnewcastle.com/2014/01/blogs/picture-newcastle-duo-to-star-in-hollywood-blockbuster

  • 325 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    ErnestHemingway… haha :) I didn’t know about that guy.

    …thanks for sharing.

  • 326 USAGEORDIE // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Cabaye is an excellent buy for PSG. The whole age issue really isn’t that big of a deal considering what kind of player Cabaye is. He doesn’t rely on physical abilities, abilities that deteriorate with age, but on his creativity and mind. He might not play behind the ST anymore but will be pushed back into a Gerrard, Xaxi role that he no doubt will excell in. He still has 7+ years of top football.

  • 327 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    usa

    also psg are so rich it doesn’t mattter if they only get 3 years out of him, they can just buy somebody else.

  • 328 toonking // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    TS

    for youth development to work at it’s best a team has to go down one of these roots (IMO)

    1the route teams like manchester united and barcalona use is they will have in their team some world class players, players who will always be around to get those results needed when other players are having a bad day. also the amount of extra games they play each season forces them to keep the squad good. we might have 1 season in europe but teams like barca very rarely miss a european spot.

    2. while teams like united have a super star and loads of fixtures the same can’t be said for the everton and southampton, so this is where route 2 is done and it requires fans to have lots of patience and accept bad results when they happen.
    mike williamson for instance when he first came to newcastle he was getting so much stick from people, they were blaming him for all the goals conceded, saying he made the most mistakes and other things like that. the problem that does is it has a knock on effect on that players confidience and also the manage will stop wanting to play him. what newcastle would have to do is drop expectations short term and accept a bad run.
    at the minute we act like england saying oh we going to win the world cup, why is gerrard not playing cole is the best full back not baines.

  • 329 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    toonking

    I’m not sure, look at southampton, the kids they bring through like llana, shaw, ward-prous, all do as well as the main players in the side.

    What we should be doing is developing better kids, the ones we have could play 38 games a season and still not be good enough by the end of it. They can’t even start in championship sides so pointless playing them for the sake of it.

    I’ll all for giving kids a chance but they need to be good enough, no point playing them just to say we tried.

  • 330 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    19m euros, PSG are taking the p@#$

    Do they not understand it needs to be 20m quid or more?

  • 331 Jakenufc // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    I don’t post regularly but GFF claiming PSG have made a 19mil euro bid. Not enough in my point of view.

  • 332 welshgeordie9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Latest rumours Luuk de dongs club wants krul in a swap deal

    Yeah right

  • 333 Graeme // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    PSG also know that Cabaye went on strike when we were offered a shit deal by Arsenil. Why would PSG offer what we want – we NEVER do such a thing.

    Maybe PSG are now making it so much more difficult for Cabaye not to react when he knows we have been touting him around for months. A huge club like PSG are making it very clear that they want him and are prepared to pay good money for him, However, they may have a ceiling of say £20 million and dont want to exceed it.

    They will use Ashley’s tactics against him and either get what they want or leave NUFC with a thoroughly pissed off player on their hands who may not be so easily placated this time round!!!

  • 334 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    deal agreed for cabaye, live on sky sports now, substancially higher than initial 14mil offer

  • 335 toonking // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    cabaye is sold deal agreed

  • 336 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Graeme…But that’s Ashleys tactic and no one else is allowed! Did they not get the memo? Maybe the person who sends out the memos was banned as he / she released another memo too early?

    We need a memo sender to stop this madness of clubs treating us like we treat other clubs when buying players.

  • 337 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    big 4 days in the transfer window now…lets see if Ashley and JFK can deliver before the savagery starts.

  • 338 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    TS & Toonking…It’s been on the cards, so would be no surprise.

    Let’s just hope they’ve got good money for him and more importantly have their plans on how to spend that money.

    Should I be a little more specific on that last bit?

  • 339 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    well at least it is not on the last day, a few days to get DeJong, Cabella and the other fella in

  • 340 puretoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    I think most of you are still looking through rose tinted glasses when you’re expecting a replacement or anyone else coming in for that matter, in this window or the next.

    Sorry Ed, but you’re the same. I do appreciate the fact you can only go on what you read/hear Ed, but Mike Ashley et al will NOT be putting any money into the footballing side. He’s not interested in the footballing side and the sooner fans realise this the better.

    I believe that most on here are young lads who think they’ve followed the club for years but in reality it’s only been a short time, so can’t see passed the end of their noses on the rotten way our clubs is being run and insist of viewing everything through those rose tinted specs time and time again.

    Ashley has made a fortune out of our club both in advertising revenue for SD, TV and transfer windows-there’s been 12 since he bought the place, so think how much he’s made………… what’s happened to it? where’s it gone? what happened to the Andy Carroll money? what will happen to the Cabaye money??? he’s made millions and you’re all still thinking he’s going to sanction this player and that player-no he not! I sincerely hope I’m wrong but have seen and heard enough to warrant NOT paying him a penny more and hope he pisses off damn soon. We were season ticket holders until now, but no more as sick to death of being part of a cash cow which is NUFC.

  • 341 toonking // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    so now that we have sold cabaye it’s time to bring in some players with than money and the type of players we should be aiming for is not midfielders it’s forwards.

    so it’s going to be a big 4 days for us and if we get no one in i can it leading to big trouble.

  • 342 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    p…I just hope Joe will have more of an idea of who that 3rd player is…I hold little faith mind….I can definitely imagine a phone call along the lines of…” ‘ello, it’s me, Joe, got 50 quid ‘ere for the other fella”

  • 343 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    I am sitting here contemplating how it would be fitting if Rabiot would be out injured longer than anticipated and maybe even both Verratti and Matuidi would pick up long term injury!

    …I know this malicious behavior is not becoming :(

  • 344 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    I didn’t realise we were on just 30 points when the fat man sold AC leaving us with just Best, Shola and Loverman, how wrong that could have gone, we were crying out for a striker before AC got sold ffs.

  • 345 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    …I thought it was time to bring in a player before we sold Cabaye?

    Did I not get that memo ;)

  • 346 jayphoto // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    French press saying €23m euros! Bout £19m..;,

  • 347 welshgeordie9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Well i still think we won’t sign anybody

  • 348 archaeomag // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    BBC say we are ” in discussions” with PSG on tyneside

  • 349 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Jail…What you don’t understand is that Ashley didn’t really want to sell AC…he only did it for us lot at the end of the day. Don’t know why you can’t appreciate that?

  • 350 belgrade fan // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    So, we sold our best player 1 day before important game and 4 days before the end of transfer window. Well, I think all of you smart fans should go to Scums game, at least 62000 to show how football fans could be stypid. See you when MA is out of the club, I m done with this idiotic club

  • 351 valle // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I would be disapointed with anything less than £25 mil… 19 would be an absolute joke.

  • 352 mike ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    I’m no bank manager

  • 353 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    drama queen alert

  • 354 spitfire_ // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    belgrade fan

    Zdravo brate, jebem ti Ashley.

  • 355 mike ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Belgrade get a life I’m doing a great job here

  • 356 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    jail

    i said that ages ago, it’s one of many gambles the fat man has taken which have only just got us by.

    we relied on best to stay fit and score, 2 things he hasn’t done since or before, very lucky

    we never got another CB when taylor got injured the year after, luckily colo and wilo stayed fit mainly and perch stood in well when needed (we say what happened when perch and simmo had to play CB at norwich).

    start of last season we played hardball and only just managed to survive.

    we sold ba and didn’t bring any real striker in to replace him, could say gouff but not the same level of goal threat and once we failed on remy should have gone elsewhere.

    These gambles keep working (or better maybe, not being too costly- relegation)…how long can it last.

  • 357 kirkyman // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Fee agreed. He’s gone!

  • 358 belgrade fan // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Spit

    Zdravo brate. It is not about Ashley. Imagine CSK sofia to be run like this joke club. Club would be in flame. But in England some idiot can destroy club but SJP will still be at least 52ooo full

  • 359 welshgeordie9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I hope we Lose tomorrow

  • 360 mike ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    I bought shares in rangers with the Carroll money calm down guys I hope to buy some in cork city with yohans cash

  • 361 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Welsh @357…Why’s that?

  • 362 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:43 PM

    if or when cabaye goes we have to get players in. if cabella and greniers clubs dont want to sell there are plenty of clubs that will sell and players that will want to come to us. french football is at a lower standard than ours but there are a lot of good players there. i would think agents will be ringing up ncle now.

  • 363 belgrade fan // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Now we will have 4 days of- we tried to sign this one and that one but couldnt…and AP will say – squad is strong enough blah blah…. NO ONE club in the world sell best player 4 days before tr window is close. This will unsettle all of our plazers and show them that we have 0 ambitious

  • 364 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    TS, I don’t think the toon are relegation fodder sans Cabaye if that is what you may be suggesting.

    I think he is our best player but it’s not like he is our Bale or anything.

    We do need to sign a couple though.

    Pardew said they are looking to bring one in (60 to 40 in our favour) outside of the Cabaye situation. That implies that he might expect to replace Cabaye.

    Anyway, at the end of the day, Cabs likely wanted off so he could play in the CL this year and so you have to let him go.

  • 365 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Anyway lets not get too worried yet….maybe PSG might not be able to agree a fee with cabaye’s agent. I hear it’s almost impossible to agree with them.q

  • 366 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    On the plus side it’s not the last day of the window and we’ve got four days to get a replacement a stiker and a winger.

  • 367 mike ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Cabaye is staying joe already said this dont panic. I’m also buying de Jong for Alan

  • 368 archaeomag // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Welsh @357 – tell me you just concerned about Chris Hughton’s job ..

  • 369 kirkyman // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    It took PSG 11 hours to get Cabaye over the line. . . . . JFK still can’t find the line!!! Bloody waste of space!

  • 370 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11678/9137237/newcastle-and-psg-agree-deal-in-principle-for-yohan-cabaye

  • 371 Jakenufc // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Now we just need to bid for Grenier and Cabella. Also still need to get Luk De Jong aswell/Gomis…… 4 days to go…

  • 372 belgrade fan // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Jail

    Brate. Do zou really think we will sign 3 players in last 4 days? dont make me laugh

  • 373 yorkymag // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Welsh
    However bad we all feel and frustrated
    A true fan can never never hope we lose
    One day Ashley will disappear and things will move on but nufc will always be our club

  • 374 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    60/40 our favour for a loan striker we’ve been after for a year and a half.

  • 375 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    John burridge played for Southampton before us and during a match vs spurs (who ossie ardiles played for) there was a corner near the end of the match to Tottenham. Ossie tried to get the ball from budgie, who had it in his arms. There was a scuffle and ossie went down holding his face saying budgie had elbowed him (as foreigners do…sorry Jesper ;) ). Then it calms down and as the corner is taken, budgie stamps on ossies foot on purpose, trying to break his metatarsal. The referee doesn’t see it and play goes on.

    After the game, ossie confronts budgie, punches are thrown and budgie – being the hot head he is – mentions the Falklands war and how we beat the argies there and how budgie had beaten them again. Anyways, this was the good old days, so no charges were brought against anyone.

    Fast forward to when ossie took over at nufc. Budgie had just been voted our player of the season and was a very popular guy with the fans and players. Ossie had arranged to meet all the players who were lined up. Ossie walked up the line, greeting each player individually, shaking their hands. He got to budgie….
    and totally blanked him. When budgie is at home later that day, he gets a phone call from someone at the club telling him to not come back to the club as he isn’t welcome! The end of budgie at the toon.

    I was only about 12 when this happened, but I do remember budgie leaving abruptly.

    Check out his book…it’s a great read.

  • 376 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    I think I would have held out for 25 m meself, PSG and got plenty of dosh

  • 377 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    P

    No, I didn’t mean to suggest we would risk going down, just saying past gambles could have sent us down. This sale, unless very good players come in now, might not make much difference, could still be 8th easily, but it takes away any outside chance we really had to push for top 6 and european football next year I feel.

    It gets to the point with the club where they say things like nobody is leaving (JK said it on a tv interview this month) and we will try to sign players and the opposite happens, it’s difficult to trust them.

    As for having to sell, why? keep him til the summer I say. He wont refuse to play or play at 50% as he wants to play for france in brazil, at least then after a good world cup maybe more clubs would be in for him and we could get a bidding war going.

    I said earlier today that we could just flat our refuse to sell him, he runs down his contract, then leaves at the age of 30…no big team will go for him then at that age, so might even end up staying.

    We shouldn’t have sold for anything less than Carroll money, not because he is worth it, but because we don’t need to sell, so lets do it all on our terms.

    But it’s done now, players do come and go, so we need to make sure we really push for grenier and cabella this window, and de jong too.

  • 378 kt97toonarmy // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    I just hope we can sign a couple of players now. Cas ashley was only ever goin to use the money off cabaye to spend on transfers. Which is a disgrace. Hopefully 3 players by friday. HWTL.

  • 379 spitfire_ // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    belgrade fan

    I’m from CSKA Sofia… they are bigger jokes than the Newcastle circus. Much much worse. You can’t even imagine.

    For the countless times in the last 5 years I’m happy to be on 2000 miles away.

  • 380 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    If he brings in only De Jong on loan after this it is the biggest two fingers so far.

  • 381 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    Cabaye’s gone.

    I am gutted. Scratch that, I am actually distraught. So much for none of our top players being sold in this window. We have lost a top top player tonight folks.

  • 382 John Tudor // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:53 PM

    bring me the head of mike assley

  • 383 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Get the de jong brothers in and I would be placated….slightly….for a day or two

  • 384 p // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    @376 that is a fact.

    You have to give him a bit of leeway over Carroll, getting the club on a good footing etc. He did invest in January also.

    That said, the club is in good shape financially now, they have known about Cabaye for some time now and so they should have replacements lined up and should be prepared to shell out for them.

  • 385 yorkymag // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    We need a big lift for sat
    They Mackems confidence is sky high new players in and the cup rubs
    It could get messy at the gallowgate I feel at the weekend
    Let’s hope the lads can pull two wins out and move on
    Everything would feel so much better if we can get one over on them

  • 386 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Belgrade,
    Je bempte Mike Ashleys glavo.
    Doyaya.

  • 387 anthc // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Debuchy will be next with his best pal leaving. Probably be the sucker punch in the morning double deal agreed. Ffs we’ll definitely get turned over on saturday!

  • 388 Novocastrian66 // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    Howay Rudd, you of all people didn’t believe that bull.

  • 389 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Novo

    Honestly, I genuinely did not think we would have sold Cabaye in this window. I had my doubts whether we would sign anyone, but I really thought we would not have sold.

  • 390 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    ciaran

    The thing is we all knew cabaye would be off if an offer like this came in….no player is safe ever, if psg bid 500mil even barca wouldn’t turn that down for messi surely.

    So why did JFK say nobody was getting sold, he didn’t have a clue if somebody would stick in a big offer or not. The man is a total muppet who hasn’t a clue what he is saying or doing.

  • 391 Jail for Ashley // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    What the fuskin hell was the point in that poxy excuse of a Dof announcing nobody would be leaving, is it really a wind up, a sick joke or what !

  • 392 belgrade fan // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM

    Spit
    I can understand. Same as Red Star and Partizan here. But I m sure you dont have somebody like JFK there

  • 393 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Length of contract , more than anything, determines transfer fee. With only two years left, knowing he wouldn’t sign a new deal, we’ve done well to get anywhere near 20 million. Still, I would rather we had kept him. Good luck, yohan.

  • 394 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Novo

    it just didn’t make sense to sell cabaye now, why not cash in after the world cup…he won’t go on strike now with a world cup place up for grabs.

  • 395 welshgeordie9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Why’s that

    We have got a good squad, we have done well so far, and to get rid of our best players now is a joke. Say we Finnish 6th this season. Next we could Finnish higher , but if we sell our best players then what’s point. How the hell are going to challenge teams like Liverpool, spurs and Everton , we can with more new faces on top of our current squad but that’s not going to be the case.

  • 396 Blackley and Brownlie // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Mikey has no choice but to sell. If he gets £20m for a 28 year old, who can buy himself out shortly and who wants to be away, he has done very well. He did amazing to get him in the first place thank you very much.

  • 397 Novocastrian66 // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    They must have known this was coming. If there isn’t any contingency in place it smacks of extreme incompetence.

  • 398 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    As much as it hurts to see him leave some of you have to wake up and accept reality….Man Utd lost Ronaldo ffs. You cant stop top players from leaving if they really want to.

  • 399 Novocastrian66 // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Sage; he wants to leave.

  • 400 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Sage

    It’s the same situation when Pardew claimed Carroll was not for sale. Now because of that, Pardew constantly covers his own arse in case he looks like a fool again – however, in trying to make himself not look like a fool, he unwittingly (or perhaps wittingly) pimps out all our top players.

    I am sick of treating our star players like commodities. If ever there was a player who should have been “Not for Sale” it was Cabaye!

  • 401 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    ernest

    i’d rather have cabaye leave on a free in 2 and half years than 20mil in the bank, 5 of which might be spent on a player then the rest goes on wages and running the club, which they keep telling us is expensive yet do little to boost commercial revenue in other outlets.

  • 402 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    ErnestHemingway…I just read he had played for 29 clubs in his career :) …a career that lasted 30 years or so!

    ….not bad, but what’s up with change of scenery all the time? lol

  • 403 toonbrother // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Breaking News CABAYE;s GONE. GONE BABY GONE

  • 404 spitfire_ // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    I heard Red Star or Partizan are with a 100 mill debt? Is that right?

    Well… In CSKA we have one who lies every time when he opens his mouth… when he was in the club 6 years ago the club was with taken licence for Euro games… no could be the same story after few months.

  • 405 welshgeordie9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    391welshgeordie9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Why’s that

    We have got a good squad, we have done well so far, and to get rid of our best players now is a joke. Say we Finnish 6th this season. Next season we could Finnish higher , but if we sell our best players then what’s the point. How the hell are we going to challenge teams like Liverpool, spurs and Everton , we can with more new faces on top of our current squad but that’s not going to be the case.

  • 406 Novocastrian66 // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/25912393
    Obviously Barca have got wind of us selling Cabaye.

  • 407 SuperShearer // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Gutted to lose Cabs but he’s a quality player and deserves to be playing at the height of the game. I don’t think we’ve got his full market value but better to take it now then let him go for considerably less in the future. All pressure on Kinnear now, he has to bring someone in to appease the fans now or he’ll be in for a world of trouble.

  • 408 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Tekkers

    Man U received a then world record transfer fee for arguably the best player in the world (or at least second best) – we’ve sold our star man for a fee around 20 million.

    Flimsy comparison.

  • 409 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Sage

    Maybe, yes, I agree to an extent. He’s a corking player. But he was nailed on to leave if a “big” club came in. I ain surprised by the fee or the fact he’s gone. Looking forward to the clubs flannel now like.

  • 410 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    novo

    so what? he signed a contract with us, he has to see it through unless we agree otherwise. Tell him to play 100% or he can sit in the reserves for the next two years…who’d want him when 30 and after not being a regular? nobody would….so make him play.

    ciaran

    I know people don’t like him ‘pimping our players’ but do clubs like psg really need pardew saying he is a good player to know it? not really….they know he is anyway and no matter what pardew says publicly it will have no impact on the deal ashley will negotiate.

  • 411 pottsclock // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM

    I actually think Cabaye is taking a big risk. If he thinks that he is going to be a regular starter for PSG then he’ll get a surprise. But money and CL talk, I’m afraid.

  • 412 belgrade fan // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    Spit

    Not 100, it is 2 much. Partizan is ok, Red Star about 35.

    Jail

    Dont worry mate, 52000 on SJP vs Scums will show MA he is wrong. With giving him money for tickets

  • 413 Graeme // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    What us fans want or would like is completely irrelevant; What Cabaye wants is of NO consequence.

    MA wants some money in – in accordance with his stated policy, this is the result. Some of it may get spent an a target already lined up, most likely I would think nothing will now happen until next August.
    I have already got my ticket for the scum game but thats my last this season, bollox to it.

  • 414 yorkymag // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Without being too provocative
    I am not too sure we were left with too much option
    Cabayne for me committed the most awful crimes when he went on strike earlier in the season
    For me I never forgave him and I get that he is a great player but to do what he did was unforgivable
    Ashley has got good money for a gifted but petulant footballer
    Let’s see how we feel on Friday nite
    Hopefully who ever comes in not as good as we will be at 3 pm sat!!!

  • 415 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    ciaran and tekkers

    also the glazers at man utd said selling ronaldo is their biggest regret, they wish they had kept him even if they had lost him for nothing a couple years later. They feel it did a lot of damage to their image as a dominant club.

  • 416 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    I must be one of the minority that is happy this deal is going through.

    He is playing at his peak right now, he was shocking last season… I still remember his shooting at the corner flags.

    He could have got injured at the world cup, that would have screwed us for another few windows, dropping his price dramatically.

    He could have had a drop in form, and not even played at the world cup.

    The webster ruling was an option for him in the summer.

    We have nothing left to play for this season, if we get a replacement now, that player will be bedded in for next season.

    This is best time to sell, on so many levels.

  • 417 mattnufc // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    @Potts
    Yeah going from a country soon to have 45% tax rate to one with 75%, yeah all about the money.
    He is clearly going so he will be in a much better side, one in the CL and also in his home country.

  • 418 welshgeordie9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Sorry lads for saying I hope we lose tomorrow, it’s just the way things are being done by the club, it’s starting to make my blood boil, anyway 2-0 to the toon tomorrow, once again sorry lads.

  • 419 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    TS…what gave you that idea that we don’t like the mouthpiece “pimping” our players? ;)

  • 420 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Jesper

    He was a real one off. He loved football and couldnt give it up. He played until he was about 48 or something. When Keegan was Newcastle manager first time around, he had budgie as 3rd choice keeper, he let him go out on loan at a moment’s notice, which is a reason why he had so many clubs. He was basically an emergency goalkeeper for lower league clubs. And mad as a hatter.

    When he retired, he had massive mental breakdown as he couldn’t live with out football. So he had to move abroad…he went to Oman and that is where he got a job as goalkeeping coach and discovered Ali al-habsi! He is budgies prodigy. He works for tv in the middle east and has strange nicknames for players…the best being his nickname for peter crouch….the big roof inspector!

    Read his book mate! It’s belting. Funny, sad, informative.

  • 421 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Ancient

    Your assertion that it was a good deal is based on the premise that we will certainly sign a player to replace Cabaye, and that this player will be of equal or better quality to Cabaye.

    What if we do not sign a replacement, or what if we do and he isn’t as good as Cabaye? Would that still be a good deal?

  • 422 Toon Tang // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    Lets just count it a blessing he hasnt gone to manure or another english team eh. Him going abroad is the only thing keeping me going

  • 423 Nomad // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    I feel for AP right now, you can hear in his voice this is starting to push him to the end of his tether. If we lose Pards as well over this I don’t know what we’ll do, because the only possible replacement is Joe Kinnear. And to think, this season was quite a positive one so far in my opinion.

  • 424 Novocastrian66 // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Welsh; no bother, just as well you didn’t say you hope we lose Saturday.

  • 425 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Ernest…thanks mate, I’ll check it out :)

  • 426 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Ancient

    I agree now is with our doubt the best time to sell, I just wish we had him signed up to a longer deal last year as Liverpool have with Suarez and bale at spurs. Another mistake from the powers that be, I feel.

    I would much rather have cabaye at nufc, but if we must sell, now’s the time!

  • 427 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Welsh…Sorry, but those are reasons to be frustrated and / or angry at the way we’re progressing. It still doesn’t answer why you want us to lose our next game? I doubt it will impact on Ashley or Kinnear too much at all.

    Personally, I will judge this Cabaye situation once the window closes. Whether it’s good or bad business will be defined by how we spend and when we spend it.

    Over to you Joe. Still waiting to judge you on your signing”s”…

  • 428 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    As for Cabaye going ‘on strike’ – I’m not fully sold on this theory. Cabaye came out a few weeks after the window closed and said that only he and Kinnear knew the truth of what really happened.

    When he made his return against Fulham he looked really hacked off with the fact that he was being booed by the home support in some sections and I personally think he didn’t go on strike at all.

    Let’s not sully the name of one of the best technical CMs we’ve had since Rob Lee, and arguably one of the best passers we’ve ever had at this club.

  • 429 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Ciaran.

    “We have nothing left to play for this season, if we get a replacement now, that player will be bedded in for next season.”

    I said say “if.”

    Would I change my opinion on this being the right time to sell Cabaye, if we do not get in a replacement? That would be a Yes.

  • 430 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    Ancient

    That is all I asked.

  • 431 kt97toonarmy // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Ancientcoptic

    Good point. But u have to agree these so called bargins cant replace cabaye. I think we should get de jong brothers. Both young nd would make our team better.

    —————-krul————-
    Debuchy—-colo—-willo—–mbiwa/santon

    Sissoko———tiote——————gouff
    —————–s.de jong——————
    ———–remy————l.de jong

  • 432 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Also I think the fact that we “have nothing left to play for this season” is part of the reason why Cabaye is leaving…

  • 433 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    We arent a club that can afford to let a £20m player leave for free you just have to accept that. If we were very close to a champs league spot then I would be fuming but we arent finishing top 6 and we will still finish 8-10. Lets buy a good young replacement and move on. People have so much trouble moving on with things in life but you just gotta do it.

  • 434 gonufc (Release the Hatem Bomb) // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Inevitable after hearing Pardew the other day.

    The whole lot better be spent on a couple players before february.

    However I’m expecting Shefki back to do a creative midfield role…..

  • 435 bobby mango // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Agreeing to the deal this early ether means they rolled over easy or PSG just got straight to the point. Either way it’s good it’s done now and not Friday.
    Reckon we’ll get a replacement and De Jong. If all goes to plan I’ll be quite pleased – selling him at his peak and we’ll no longer need to worry about this inevitable day coming.

  • 436 yorkymag // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Welsh
    I understand how you feel

  • 437 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Just to add, I did not say at any point I expected the club to sign a player of similar or better quality to Cabaye.

    I am already resigned to the fact that we are going to lose Cabaye in the summer anyway.

    We stand little to gain by holding the player for half a season, in which we have little to nothing to play for.

    We could possibly gain an extra league position, but we could also run the risk of Cabaye becoming injured or losing form… this could devalue him, or lead to a scenario of him running his contract down. The worst case being Cabaye invoking the webster ruling.

  • 438 Nomad // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    Btw, anyone know a good website to keep up with this story as it’s happening? Sky Sports and BBC don’t seem to be quoting any sources…

  • 439 yorkymag // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Ciaran
    I think there is little doubt he withdrew hi labour
    I am sure j f…kig was involved but cabayne refused to play
    Unforgivable in my book whatever the reason

  • 440 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    Ancient

    So you’re saying that you would say it’s a good deal if we signed a player of lesser quality than Cabaye to replace him? Surely that means we’d be going backwards?

  • 441 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Yorky

    You can prove that beyond any reasonable doubt then can you? Especially since you consider that we’re dealing with Kinnear and Ashley here? Not a tiny part of you thinks that Cabaye was deliberately withdrawn to protect him in case he got injured.

    Surely there is enough suspicion for you to give Cabaye the benefit of the doubt.

  • 442 Thump // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Spend the Cabaye money on Pjanic. Ashley can open his purse for Cabella.

  • 443 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Thats all folks .

    Cue the endless false dawns and red herrings up until Friday night and the “couldn’t get them over the line” horsesh*t .

    I give up I really do :( .

  • 444 welshgeordie9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Who’s going to replace cabaye in tomorrow’s game.

  • 445 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Anyway, Ibiza said it best when he said that the time to properly determine how good/bad the window has been will be when it shuts.

    Given how we needed at least 2 players in as our squad stood, and now we have lost our best player, I am not holding my breath, but as always, nothing shocks me any more at this club.

  • 446 dantoon85 // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    Aaaarrrrggghhhhh

  • 447 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    If we were going to sign Cabella or Grenier as a replacement, I believe it is optimal for the club to do it in this window, rather than next.

    We are going to lose Cabaye either way, so in the spirit of damage limitation, and thinking about the future… I believe the club should minimalise risks by selling Cabaye now. The club can also start getting ready sooner for next season, by getting that replacement in, this window.

    It is either a backwards step now, or in the summer. Considering our league position, we are in a better position to make changes now.

  • 448 calvinho // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:26 PM

    We’ll sign one player to replace Cabaye who will cost less than 10m and Pardew will say we’ve “re-invested the money back into the club”….

  • 449 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:27 PM

    After this Cabaye fiasco I only have one thing to add: :(

    “uden tro, uden håb
    Med et hjerte der skriger
    Jeg kan ikke mere, jeg tror jeg bliver liggende her (her)
    Uden tro, uden håb
    Med et hjerte der skriger
    Jeg kan ikke mere, jeg tror jeg bliver liggende her
    Blandt fældede træer “

  • 450 yorkymag // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    I don’t give him any benefit at all
    I have enjoyed his time in lots of ways but it’s time to move on
    If there was nothing in it why was he stripped of the captains armband

  • 451 Belfast // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    Best of luck to the lad.

    I’d say it was good business, but it won’t be reinvested. Good business for Ashley, that’s about it.

  • 452 Novocastrian66 // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Pardew’s statement. “I’d be foolish if I didn’t have a plan to deal with him going. We have. But until such time that a deal is agreed, we can’t put a bid of our own in.”

    We’ll see.

  • 453 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Yorky

    To perpetuate the myth that he had in fact went on strike.

    Sometimes I think the club underestimates the intelligence of our fan base, but at other times it seems they have got our number perfectly. I would enclose you in the latter bracket.

  • 454 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Ciaran…I thought it was when I say nothing at all? ;)

  • 455 ochytoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Ok Cabaye is going. We’ve known it was gonna happen since the summer. The big issue now is whether or not we sign an adequate replacement. It has taken PSG less than two days to conclude a deal for our best player. We have four days to get in two players at least in my opinion. If we fail to sign anyone, we’ll drop down the table like the scum.

  • 456 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Jesper…As usual, well said!

  • 457 voodoo85 // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    my front 6 for norwich game would be

    ————–Anita————-Tiote—————-
    ———————-Sissoko———————-
    Ben Arfa——————————–Gouffran
    ———————–Remy———————–

  • 458 stan anderson // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    We are minnows in the Premier League now,just accept it.
    I think back to the time when there was talk of a European Super League and we were going to be part of that.
    How we have come down in the world under these barstewards.GUTTED.

  • 459 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Ibiza

    Left myself open for that one…well I popped it up, you knocked it out. Well done sir!

  • 460 Graeme // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Well said Jesper lol

  • 461 Thump // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    To perpetuate the myth that he had in fact went on strike.

    What, like when Cabaye apologised for it?

  • 462 yorkymag // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Ciaran
    And you really believe that
    There is no conspiracy simply a self centred footballer who only cares for himself
    I don’t blame him for that but in this case there has to be respect for the employer full stop

  • 463 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Ibiza…you do say it best when you say nothing at all mate ;) lol

    …that was from both of us mate – from the heart!

  • 464 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    Thump

    Consider this for a second – Cabaye is told to sit out the game to protect him in case a big offer comes in. A story is put out that he has went on strike and refused to play. The window is closed, Cabaye doesn’t get his move, and he is portrayed as the bad guy. To appease him, MA promises to move him on in the next window, or in the summer, but in the mean time, he has to go along with the story that he went on strike.

    It is not entirely inconceivable, and if stripping him of the captaincy and him apologising is what you think constitutes evidence then I am afraid you are mistaken.

  • 465 hkgeordie // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Lads, where is Ed? His silence has me worried! I trust he is off teaching JFK how to close an incoming deal!

    Being a lifelong Toon fan I will remain hopelessly optimistic and look forward to the outstanding signings that we have lined up for the rest of the week.

  • 466 Goodfella // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Watch our season fall apart now starting with defeat against u know who!

  • 467 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Ciaran…Never heard that expression before…could be misconstrued as a little inappropriate…but that could just be me…wouldn’t be the first time.

    Well, I suppose we’re starting to see the Ashley pyramid scheme of footballing transfers take effect.

    I wonder how much we’ll make from Yo’s replacements? Perhaps I’m getting over excited and jumping the gun a bit.

  • 468 Premiership Manager // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Cabaye at 28 with 2 years left on his contract and a £15M+ bid on the table is a no brainer.

    I’m sorry some people on here have no idea when it comes to business especially when the very same people were shouting for blood when he refused to play following the Arsenal bid.

    There is a much bigger picture which includes ego’s and morale in the dressing room and whether we like it or not the clubs interests come first and foremost.

    Andy Carroll was good business and not let forget that we have the second largest owner debt in the EPL at around £140M.

    People are painting a doom and gloom picture yet we signed Debuchy, Sissoko, Mbwia, Haidara, Mbabu and Goufran a year ago.

    Remy hasn’t been signed because of a certain rape case besides that he’s made it pretty plain that he doesn’t really want to stay so chances are he’ll go to the highest bidder.

    Ok we do need to buy somebody up front however a loan deal for De-Jong leaves little to lose and Remy, Goufran, Cisse and Shola will get us through the season.

    Will Cabaye leave a hole, I don’t think so because Anita will naturally fall into his place and that gives Marvaux, Bigi and HBA a place to fight for, however personally I’d give Santon a more positive role in midfield and put Haidara at LB.

    We need to bring in the younger players and this is an ideal opportunity for them to step up to the mark.

    Everybody would have settled for top 10 after last season and that’s where we’ll be. If we are very fortunate we may scrape a European place however that might not be in our best interests unless we increase the size of the squad.

    I’m probably in the minority but there is good business and bad business and this is good business just like selling Carroll was.

  • 469 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Yorky

    I am saying that I do not 100% he went on strike. I have enough doubt to suggest that it may not be as clear cut as it appears. I cannot state 100% that he did not go on strike, nor can you state 100% that he did go on strike.

    In essence, I am agnostic, whereas you’re a believer ;-)

  • 470 Goodfella // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Yohan gone

  • 471 Nomad // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Honestly, the fact that not only the media, but the fans and commenters on here have settled into the fact that we’re only going to get top 10 this season, and not too many seem to be phased by it, says a lot about where our club is heading. We’re 6 points off 5th. 6 points. And we’re settling with a probable 10th, 8th if we’re lucky attitude. I’m so done.

  • 472 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    Let’s all relax and a drink. I’m on the amaretto.

    Here lads, better players than cabaye have been sold by us and we are still here. People were up in arms when we sold Nolan. barton, even Leon best for Christ sake and they aren’t fit to lace yohans boots.

    It’ll all work out fine.

  • 473 Ciaran // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Taken from the Mike Ashley handbook.

    I’m off lads.

  • 474 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Ernest… lol

    …i am going to be calling you Hemingway from now on after that remark ;)

  • 475 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    *shouldn’t you be having a daiquiri?

  • 476 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Premiership manager

    I like a contrary opinion. I like your opinion. It’s similar to mine. Or maybe I’m apathetic.

    Does the body rule the mind or does the mind rule the body……I dunno.

  • 477 calvinho // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    So here we all are, wanting the club to show an ounce of ambition in this window. We have had a solid start to the season and could really push on with a few quality additions. I wasn’t expecting a worldy, but maybe De Jong on loan, a quality Wide player (Cabella) and maybe another striker for competition. Maybe 15m total?. But we are now faced with the possibility of losing Cabaye (our best player) for 20m and getting one player in on loan. The money not being invested and ending up a weaker team than we had. Not happy. I’d expect us to spend 30-35m on 3-4 players if we are losing Cabaye.

  • 478 AaranD // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Our spine looks set to be gone. Cabaye, Colo and Remy all seem to be on their way.

    Really hope HBA steps up and becomes the main man!

  • 479 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Jesper

    You can call me what you like my friend…within reason :)

  • 480 Ibizatoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Jesper…Come on, you’re better than that…stealing the joke I just used…honestly :)

    Ciaran…On the Cabaye “strike”…I get what you’re saying, it is equally conceivable that it was Mike and Joes doing as it was Cabayes.

    My view is all parties will have been looking out for their best interests and I don’t have the time or inclination to begin to second guess what actually went down.

    All three of them could publicly agree what happened and I would still have doubts, so what’s the point?

  • 481 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    In a perfect world, the sale of Cabaye would lead to Pardew instructing his coaches that long-ball is completely off the menu for Newcastle in future, with our long ball specialist gone.

    This would lead to a tighter passing game and an improvement in our overall style of football…

    As great a player as Cabaye is, he does play a lot of first time threaded passes and long-balls, which are great when they work, but come with a certain amount of risk when they don’t.

    He will have to be at the very top of his execution at PSG, they will not tolerate giving he ball away.

  • 482 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    And I will drink anything I can get my hands on. I once drank petrol out of a tramps shoe.

  • 483 Toon Tang // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ddtnNKcSO0&feature=youtu.be

    this is it ^^^

  • 484 belgrade fan // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    And we play like shit without Cabs. just remember WH game, even Fulham. Man City I wont comment. We will keep playing like shit without him, there is nobody to connect team

  • 485 ErnestHemingway // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    Ed’s in bed. Wake up, man. There’s a shit storm-a-brewing

  • 486 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:49 PM

    @ Premiership

    It is only a good deal if you reinvest immediateley man.

    M’biwa, Sissoko & Gouffran were bought out of desperation not ambition. Big Mike still has the record T.V. money burning a hole in his pocket FFS.

    Short of Ashley knocking on your door and kicking you in the balls there isn’t much more he cand do to disrespect NUFC fans after all he has done.

  • 487 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Ibiza…that broken prose was from both of us! Honestly! ;) lol

  • 488 Blofal // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    Bye bye Cabaye.

    So now at the end of the season we will have no…

    Gutierrez
    Cisse
    Remy
    Shola
    Cabaye
    Colo (possibly)
    Gosling

    Add to that possible departures of

    Obertan
    Marveaux.

    We are going to have some shopping to do.

  • 489 DoctorZelig // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    I for one am very happy that he was not sold to another English club.

    Getting 20 mil from abroad is very good compared to what we paid for him.

    We are in no way competing with Paris SG so no loss there.

    Don’t get me wrong I would much rather he played for us for the remainder of his career but that was just not realistic with our current level of ambition defined by our financial situation. We do not have a never ending supply of oil in our purse so we have to make due.

    It would have hurt me if he had joined Man’ure or Arsesnal so I am sort of relieved….

  • 490 solano // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    Building bricks for progress, taken out to be replaced at a later date by ones which may well prove to be inferior. This isn’t a bluprint for progress it’s a short term gamble for profit. The squad is filled with flawed talent, limited ability and downright wasters.
    Despite the plethora of evidence now stacked up;the lack of investment from a relative position of strength, incredibly bad appointmnets and 3 failed relaunches of an academy- the debate hasn’t really moved on on this blog.
    The blind faithers/apologists really do have the club they deserve. The vast majority with any analytical nous whatsoever, can see what has become of this club and need to think of any small way they can contribute to ending this farce.
    No one can blame Cabaye for wanting out. They sold him a vision which was to push on, yet the seeds of his discontent were sown 18months ago after our 5th placed finish when that summer another opportunity was quite deliberately ignored.

  • 491 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    I cannot believe that Percy was without prior knowledge to this sale. The three of them are following the script to the letter. Mr Tubbs is the master villain, Joking Joe, takes the flak -especially after saying nobody would be sold. Percy feigns surprise and horror suggesting blame upon the other two (not me guv’nor). Percy retains unbelievable good manager status with the usual dopes with his “amazing” prediction there would be no action until the last week of the window.
    Everything running to script to fool the Geordies.




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