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A Tribute To Yohan Cabaye – Video

8:40 am, Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 58 Comments

Here is a video on Yohan Cabaye made by one of our readers – Fitz – and it shows some of the fantastic goals Yohan Cabaye scored for Newcastle and for France in his short time on Tyneside – and we are going to miss him big time.

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58 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:42 AM


    My problem is he is not suited to the modern premiership winger role. As i said before, they have to work hard and have defensive duties too. Hba just wont do that. I prefer to see him dribbling past people through the middle, at least if he loses it he is protected, and if he is in full flow, he can make something happen. He just needs to sort his head out.

  • 2 Carryingcoals // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    My thoughts on Cabaye leaving:

    Ashley’s predictability/ fans the collateral damage/ what next for Cabaye and the club

    Give it a read please lads, been a while since I wrote on the club. Thanks :)

  • 3 spitfire_ // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Yesterday morning I vote “lose” for Norwich game… that time only 14% thing that we will lose and above 70 was for winning… now 24 hours later 36% for lose and 47% for win.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:47 AM


    Ideally cabaye isn’t our number 10, we sign grenier, we sign cabella, etc

    but what I mean is that he might be the best option we have there (or marv but similar problems) so might as well try him and see what heppens, nobody else has anywhere near the passing of cabaye to really try them

  • 5 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    162Coach // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    I don’t think any of us are surprised at this, and it’s good to see how many fans understand that for Cabaye, it is a move he has to make.

    If the fee really is around £20 million, it’s a poor bit of business for us. Forget how much we paid for him, the important figure is how much it would cost us to replace him and it’s more than we have sold him for.

    Spot on

  • 6 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:49 AM

  • 7 gaz 44 // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    Marv does not have short comings of Hba. Both don’t defend granted but where as Marv looks for a pass Hba wants to do it alone. You can’t have a no.10 wanting to take on the world and turn round do it again .. For me needs to be someone who can take someone on but also needs to be able to split the defence with one brilliant pass.. Hba had it in his locker but doesn’t have the football brain to use it. Don’t get me wrong I love to see benny running at defenders scoring brilliant goals but not what you need for 90mins of a game.. Just my opinion..

    Tads I don’t want to be limping over line either but we all know JFK ain’t a clue what day it is never mind the fact cabs could buy out his contract at end of the year then get it back in a signing on fee. He didn’t realise that till he read it in daily sport yesterday morning

  • 8 bollance // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Absolutely gutted we have lost Cabaye but it was on the cards.

    This season his performances have been significantly better than last year so in my opinion he put himself in the shop window. Although there is also an argument he is scared of losing his place to Pogba in the French team. With a 0% win ratio when he hasn’t played vs a 58% win ratio when he has it is not hard to see he will be missed greatly.

    There are reports he wanted to go with the leaked news he could buy himself out and that he wanted champions league football. At 28 his stock was only going to fall.

    A good profit on an excellent servant to this club who always put in a lot of passion and effort for the cause.

    I have been pushing for us to turn over more player except Yohan our star player and replace them with players of potential. You just have to look at the wages some players are on to realise the drain they are putting on the club.

    Now is the tough part. Everyone knows we have £20+m in our back pocket!

  • 9 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Might as well try him and see? No mate might as well buy a player actually suited to the role

    Completely agree with your last post

    Good to see you back mate, good read but a sad but true summary of where the club is :(

  • 10 Rainrix // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Always has been a question of when rather than if with cabaye. Sad to see him go but can’t really be angry with the lad for having the ambition to play at the level he’s capable of.

    Now over to you JFK (Save our Souls :|)

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Mark…I am not I would call that modern mate sorry!

  • 12 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    great video! One of my favorite modern day toon players.

  • 13 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    The most worrying line ever typed mate!
    Time for JFK to earn his keep, Dekka got sacked for not getting deals done, two windows, one loan player, star player sold

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM


    Read what I said….I said I’d rather we bought somebody but if we don’t (which is likely under ashley) we need to do something.

    I’d rather play HBA then start the game with 10 men because we haven’t signed somebody.

  • 15 martoon // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    I’m not surprised about Cabaye – the wrting was on the wall when the PSG big cheese was in Newcastle.
    I will be gutted if we do not sign a replacement and will not accept “there was not enough time”. We’ve known for months he would be leaving and should have had replacements lined up, 1st option, 2nd option etc. – there is absolutely no excuse not to.

  • 16 Spoof // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Cabaye will be a huge miss as this season he was playing better than at any other stage of his career, personally I feel that was due to a combination Sissoko, Gouffran and Tiote who were so good at their roles that we could allow Cabaye a free role without the need for him to do much on the defensive side, as a result we got the best out of him, so moving on do we need a midfielder who canplay both the attacking role and the defernsive role which Cabaye could or do we look for a replacement to replace the Cabaye of this season which was as an attacking midfielder, if it’s the later then Grenier look’s ideal, his passing range and link up play are very good, he may actually be slightly better than Cabaye going forward, but obviously his defensive work is way below that of Cabaye, but with Tiote, Gouffran, Anita and Sissoko who all put in a good shift for the defence does it really matter that Grenier is not quite as good as Cabaye with that aspect of his game.

  • 17 Coach // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    A well balanced article and probably accurate.

  • 18 89Norcal // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:57 AM


    Don’t worry man, Ashley’s reputation is likely to have spread by now.

    Even FIFA couldn’t replicate our insanity,I enjoy playing a strict budget and still getting heaps of cash. More like..

    “The deal to sell Cabaye to PSG for £20,000,000 has been finalised.

    The Board has allocated none of it to your transfer budget.”

  • 19 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Why all this talk of Cabaye buying out his contract?? Loads of players have had the opportunity to do it. Gomis could have done it last summer, and then be reimbursed by us for far less than the fee due to Lyon. HBA could do the same, so we should sell him now as well? Just because one paper brings it up, doesn’t mean that the player would actually do it.

    I know of maybe 3 players that have used this, and one of them was Guttierrez to us. However when Guttierez did it a tribunal ruled we still had to pay Mallorca, so I really don’t see the big fuss on it. It is just more paper talk.

  • 20 jordijohnty // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Currently we are 8th, 12 points ahead of villa in 10th and 7 points of a champions league. Cannot see us reaching that so our “target” is to stay where we are….?!?. 9th is a possible position, but to end up below that would be an absolute disgrace

  • 21 Spoof // Jan 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    why are people wanting Marveoux back in for, he is a lazy waste of space, he is absolutely terrible

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Lilongwe…exactly mate.
    Made the same point yesterday.

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM


    Exactly….it never happens. Why did van persie not do it to save man utd the 24mil it cost them to buy him.

    Also as somebody pointed out yesterday if PSG were to give him 6mil to sign on (the buy out fee) then they’d need to pay him 24mil as he’d be taxed 75% on that income.

  • 24 Rainrix // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Tads…. I think Carrying sums it up quite well in his article.

    “Will JFK get a new kebab?” :)

  • 25 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    7 points of CL so we sell our star player great isn’t it!

    The club need to step up now, a bid needs to be made today, we must have targets
    Feel Pardew is going to be hung out to dry facing the media tonight with no answers to give, then hung out again after the window
    “Mike Joe and Lee tried but just couldn’t get a deal done with so little time left in the window”

  • 26 Blofal // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    A Clement Grenier (if he comes I want him called Grenadier) goal to cheer people up.

  • 27 STB // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Can’t blame Hawaye. He deserves to play in a CL team Clement Grenier from Lyon who is supposed to be the replacement is a very decent player but not as tenacious as hawaye.
    It won’t happen because Ashley won’t pull one on Aulas from Lyon who knows Ashley will have north of 20m to spend this week. I don’t think the Gomis saga endeared either of them to each other.
    Also means we will no doubt lose Debuchy to PSG in Summer also (he follows hawaye everywhere) as well as Rémy (Arsenal I would suspect) With Colo going back home and Krul interesting Juventus and fed up of lack of ambition that means the whole spine of the side will need to be replaced.

    Inevitable with our current set up. But look on the bright side, we will be quids in and can line the streets to enjoy the open top bus tour around the Toon with big Mike and Pards proudly parading the copy of the Toon’s consolidated accounts for 2014.

    This will give Anita and HBA (and more unlikely Marv) a chance to play more. A 4-3-3 with Tiote Anita and sissokho in middle and Remy Gouffran and HBA isn’t too bad til Summer. If they can then get Grenier & Cabella with De jong coming in this week, the rebuilding for 7th -8th place will be complete for Ashley. Maximise money without Europe.
    Healthy accounts may just tempt the next rich investor to pay Ashley what he wants to ditch us.

  • 28 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM


    it’s a real shame. I’m not huge fan of Pardew as he knows what he is getting with ashley but at the end of the day it’s awful to see the bloke constantly strung up with players going and him not getting the replacements in.

    Man utd are a different league to us but they have shown that they want to get top 4 so have spent on a top top player….we have sold our top player and don’t look like buying to replace him.

    I know we can’t spend 40mil on mata but we can buy players like de jong brothers, cabella, grenier, etc.

  • 29 Carryingcoals // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    tads, Coach

    Thanks, just a mighty shame he’s finally gone. Loved watching Cabaye

  • 30 stretchintoon // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    I want to wish Cabaye all the best,he’s been a terrific player for us over the past couple of years and of course i’ll be sorry to see him go.He’s going home to France and he wont have to listen to the shite that oozes from the incompetant kinnear or twatty fatty ashleys gobs so in a way i cant really blame him,plus he’ll be playing C L football which lets face it is something Newcastle Utd will not be able to offer him,not under the above mentioned anyway.

  • 31 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Not really sure how Saylor has walked straight back into the team ahead of MYM.

    2 of the 3 goals conceded since he’s been back were down to him. No change there then.

  • 32 theartfuldodger // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM


    Need not feel sorry for Pardew. Perhaps he too is using us as a stepping stone. Being at NUFC has enhanced his resume.
    I suspect he will walk in around his 5th year.

  • 33 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM


    I have little sympathy for the man, he never stands up for himself or us fans…always sucks up to ashley.

    He has a decent reputation in the press now as a good manager (despite what some here think) so he would easily get another job on more money than the 400k a year here.

    It’s about time he grew a pair, said what he thought and if sacked he’s sacked, he’ll get another job.

  • 34 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:15 AM


    Exactly he’s going to a club with a top line manager and pedigree, a competent D.O.F and extremely ambitious owners. No brainer really.

  • 35 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:16 AM


    I think he is a player, a proper footballer,

    but , when you look at his stats over the last 2 seasons, 13 goals and 5 assists,
    it kind of shows we use our players as individuals rather than a team,

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:17 AM


    If he’s sacked he probably wouldn’t need to work again!!

    7 years x £400k very nice.

  • 37 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    I don’t get the sudden/re-kindled interest in Marveaux -don’t think he’s in contention.
    Don’t quite get the sympathy for Percy – asking people to believe he had no involvement/prior knowledge of the Cabaye saga -is I think a bit naive -but folk will believe what they want.
    The full pro Percy/pro Ashey Brigade -have been conspicuous by their absence apart from a couple of divvies and a horse puncher. They’ll no doubt be testing the water with their big toes before returning to spout their drivel.
    If we manage to get a signature I anticipate a couple more will appear to give it large and milk some undeserved adoration from some posters desperate for any further transfer info.

  • 38 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM


    It’s sad it took pardew 3 years to work out his best position which probably clinched the deal with his form the last few games!!

  • 39 martoon // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Very easy to say Pardew should grow a pair and tell Ashley what he thinks. How many of you lot would have the nerve to go to your boss and say give me more money you stingy b*st*rd?

  • 40 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    mr t


  • 41 phatt knacker // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    It goes to show that fat ash’s plan was never in doubt. Buy them young, build them up and then sell them on! This modle does work and will secure the finances of the club for years to come. But as for building the club to challange for top 4-6 season in season???? This will not happen if reinvestment is as slow as has been over the last few seasons. Last seasons jan signings were a combo of missed summer deals and future summer deals as we were in deep stook. I personally dont have a problem with players who want champs league and leave for big clubs ( big money ) as they would have earned that move by great football for the toon. But reinvestment is the key. Liverpool keep saurez by trying to build for champs league we have lost cabaye by NOT.

  • 42 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM


    the sad fact is,, I don’t think he really knows any of his players

    he just fits players in to keep them happy,

  • 43 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Mister Tuff

    Apparently pardew gets quite a nice kickback from the deal so I think he possibly doth protest too much.

    Isn’t that a conflict of interest in anyone’s language?

  • 44 banjax // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Time to move on from Cabaye now – he’s gone on to bigger and better things, and he won’t be the last of a long line of talent that has left Newcastle for allegedly bigger clubs and that is the problem with Newcastle United. We are a big club without the big club mentality and attitude. Look at how Man u and Liverpool hung onto Rooney and Suarez despite telephone numbers of money being offered to their clubs. That is where Newcastle will always fail. Right now we have the poise to finish in the European Qualifiying positions by holding on to our best players and investing in better ones come the Summer. Now we face the prospect of winning fewer games even with new signings because they will take time to assimilate into the squad. Newcastle may have money, but the management have no pride or loyallty in our club like the supporters have and if that’s not bad enough, they couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery !

  • 45 Our Toon // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    It’s a disaster that this guy has been sold in January, our manger say we built the team around him yet some say they feel sorry for him!! Remember pardews 1st press conference “I will knock on that door, I break it down to get what I want”

    Been saying for ages we’d sell someone before we buy and got slated for it!! This policy will get us nowhere, good luck Cabaye

  • 46 theartfuldodger // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM


    Pardew is a good talker.
    If you notice, the section of pro-ashley fans is diminishing. Whih means up until a year ago some still supported him and thought we were building up to something. However hopes are crashing.

    Pardew will speak, but it will be when Ashleys plans are clear and almost no one in the footballing fraternity likes his ways.
    Right now, Revolting against the chairman or owner whos intentions are not yet proved mallacious is not a good idea for future job prospects.
    (thers also an 8 yr contract)

    Thats my guess. He will give it a yr or 2 . This summer should spell out everything ashley is about. Pardew wont like us harming his resume. He is just using us to prove himself.

  • 47 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    phatt knacker

    the model does work well for a lot of teams, the difference being other clubs have top coaches and D.O.Fs to bring the next lot on.

    I can’t really see Pardew and JFK developing anyone. Cisse, benny, marveaux etc are all going backwards.

  • 48 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Just read pjanic was told he won’t go for less than 55mil euros, which is why they went back for cabaye.

    Why aren’y we asking silly money

  • 49 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM


    I think you may fall into one of those mentioned by MR T

    pardew is the boss of a massive club, you need to have balls to run it,
    if not you will be walked all over,

    he shows that he is a coward by staying and taking it,

    he could use the onwner never backed me to kick on from 5th card to new clubs,

    crystal palace where sniffing as are west ham, but he knows his contract here is a good one, so he will sit it out until he is fired

  • 50 Scottiedog // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    SIEM DE JONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 51 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:37 AM


    It would be good for Pardew to speak out now while his stock is high, if sacked people will hire him. You see managers sacked for relegating their team getting jobs again so surely sacked for principle wouldn’t be an issue.

  • 52 stuart no9 // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    well, I said at the start of the season , a mid table placing was the best we could hope for if we could avoid injuries and didn’t sell anyone,however , all change again and is anyone really surprised by the sale of cabs. Again a perfect example of nufc being a selling club, even the minority hardcore of fans who simply refuses to believe that, must now however feel they have no more excuses to justify their argument. A sad day, but one that was on the cards as soon as 20m was mentioned Ashley suddenly comes to life and proves once again – NUFC mean nothing to him – NUFC FANS mean nothing to him- AMBITION – mean nothing to him- MONEY IS EVERYTHING.

  • 53 Rotonda heights // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    our toon

    Ash, pardew and JFk are all pathological liars with vested self interests.

    Pardew: ”Now way will carroll be sold”
    JFK: ”No one will leave this January”

    Not saying these aren’t good deals especially Carroll, but if you as a manager get a kickback or commission for any player sale especially on the scale of the Carrol one, how much integrity have you got ?

  • 54 catchy in norway // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Rotonda heights

    even remy has gone backwards

    first 11 games scoring goals
    last 11,, been pardewd

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:39 AM


    That’s the key to management though. You need to not only handle those below but also those above. You need to make sure you get the best resources and push for things. Don’t swear and shout, but need to make things clear what is and isn’t your fault and what you need.

    Football is a crazy world where once you are in you often get another job after being sacked, it’s not a place you usually have a long term job at one club, moving every few years anyway.

  • 56 phatt knacker // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:41 AM


    agreed m8. Its up to kinnear now?!?!?!? God help us lol. I only think de jong will come in on loan if that even gets “over the line”. Kinnear will pick up his bounus for spending nowt while reducing the wage bill. And the whole circus moves on till summer when hba is linked to join his pal in paris!?!?!

  • 57 bollance // Jan 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Interesting I see how the club are going to turn this seemingly negative situation into a positive, if possible.

    As a few have mentioned we can replace cabaye with a forward to support remy or a midfield to continue with 5 in midfield. At least that is a positive.

    For me, I would keep the cash in the bank unless we have an exceptional player on the horizon. If not look at the loan market. Even then it will be very difficult to find a player better than Tiote, Anita or Sissoko to fill the void.

    Promote from within and keep powder dry, sign a top class player or loan a player.

    Will Hughes anyone?

    Buy now, loan back for the season. Get through this season know we have a top top youngster coming in?

  • 58 Big B // Jan 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    he will be missed

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