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Newcastle Will Find It Difficult To Sign Cabaye Replacement

12:11 am, Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 37 Comments

If you don’t learn from your mistakes then history will repeat itself,  and after Newcastle sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35M three years ago and then couldn’t replace him in the day they had left in the transfer window, the same thing could happen with only four days left in this January transfer window, after Newcastle have agreed to sell Yohan Cabaye to PSG for £20M.

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Yohan Cabaye – off to PSG

Any player Newcastle are now after will only come at top dollar, because the selling club will know that Newcastle have the £20M from PSG for Cabaye.

And it begs the question how much priority Newcastle put on finishing high up in the Premier League this season, when the club is prepared to sell probably our best player halfway through the season.

And this sale could upset some current Newcastle players, who will now know the club don’t have enough ambition to become a top club in England again, that will certainly end any slight chance  Newcastle had of being able to sign a certain Loic Remy on a permanent basis in the summer.

Not only do Newcastle not have Champions League football to offer players, but we don’t even have the ambition to qualify for Europe, when we sell our best players for top dollar halfway through the season.

It shows Newcastle are no different under Mike Ashley than we were three years ago, when we sold Andy Carroll too Liverpool – and that caused a certain Jose Enrique to decide Newcastle just didn’t have the ambition he had, and the Spaniard left for Liverpool seven months later.

With this kind of strategy at the club Newcastle will continue to struggle to keep their best players and even struggle to bring good players to the club.

That’s just as long as Mike Ashley only sees success on the financial side of the club, and not on the playing side.

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Tags: Financials · Newcastle News · Premier League · Yohan Cabaye


37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 north of the border // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    we will now go for a cheap replacement ,what must the other players b thinkin now,they must know that as soon as they reach a certain value they will be sold

  • 2 RonVanDam // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Deal is 19m plus add ons

  • 3 manxpie // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    bring back lambias all is forgiven he was an orrible kernt but at least he was tough on deals and got 5 players in last jan
    joe seems to have just bent over on this 1!

  • 4 Blofal // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Ed is right… clubs now will demand top dollar. Cabella would likely cost us 16 million and so would Grenier… which considering we just sold Cabaye for 19 million is an absolute joke.

    We are not going to bring in anybody this window apart from De Jong on loan.

  • 5 Mister Tuff // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Apologies repost.
    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.

  • 6 RonVanDam // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Also its a wrong move to sell him. Ok we get that he wants to go back home and play CL but why couldnt he stay till the end of the season. We couldve made CL if MA had invested in a few quality players this window and get his understudy to work with him

    His price wouldve rocketed after the WC and if he still wanted to leave after that then we couldve released him at a bigger profit than we would make now. I dont like losing a top player in the middle of a season esp this one when the any team between 8 to 4 can get the CL spot

  • 7 p // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    this is what the Grenier bid is about by the sounds of things. His quotes on GFN don’t sound like he is that keen.

    still time to get Cabella, Grenier (money talks) and DeJong for the money that came in.

    remains to be seen whether it will be a January like the last 2 or, one like the year before.

  • 8 StuW // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    First time I have posted on here in a long while. The deal is believed to add up to around £23m, which for me is a good price. Remember, PSG will be paying all up front.

    I would like to think that Pards and Carr have one or two replacements in line(not holding my breath however).

    My choices would be one of Clement Grenier, who looks a cracking young midfielder, very much a stylish player. Or, Put an extra £1m or £2m on for Cabella, get the deal through now.

  • 9 manxpie // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    also i’ve been banging on about our lack of attacking options and now we’re even more limited with our best attacking player gone!! ffs like!

  • 10 Graeme // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Ed, did you honestly, truly expect anything else?

    We have been told what the “Master-Plan” is and that is what will continue to happen. We buy cheap, develop, sell for a profit. Bank the money. We are almost certain to finish top 10, which achieves the stated objectives for the season. If we finish 11th, they wont be unduly worried as they will be consoled by the fact they wont have to pay out on the bonus scheme!!

    We may get a couple of younger players that Graham Carr has scouted, but they may not be a “Cabaye” replacement – they will be cheap, with potential to increase in value – then they will be sold for profit.

    We are no longer a football club – we are a battery farm for trading players, living off the TV money, quite comfortably going nowhere, but generating a nice steady Advertising Platform for the Evil Empire.

    He is banking on the fans continuing to turn up for a two-weekly fleecing, the free advertising, the tv money – all add up to a very comfortable earner for MA. The only way things will change – stop giving him your money, stop going to SJP. Its the only message he will listen to.

  • 11 royrjmk // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    In my personal opinion until all home games are played in front of empty stadiums (which is never going to happen) then this ridiculous circus is going to continue.

    If it was to happen then the backlash from sponsors, advertisers and crucially the share holders of Sports Direct who won’t want negative publicity may well pull there financial support and we may then hopefully see the club run properly.

    I know I may sound deluded but what else can be done to force Ashley’s hand.

  • 12 Belfast // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Good luck to him. As I said before, not a lot you can complain about with this one. Wanted out, got a big fee, didn’t go to a rival.

    When they don’t reinvest the money, I’ll probably have my rant lol

  • 13 RonVanDam // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    We need a player who is better than Cabaye so we can forget about him. This deal hurts me as a fan

  • 14 manxpie // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    belfast that is the only good thing!
    we won’t see him in a man u shirt or on motd every week!

  • 15 mattnufc // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    1) When is the riot?
    2) Do they understand?
    2) Who’s hands?

  • 16 mattnufc // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:27 AM


  • 17 manxpie // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    this is worrying………..

  • 18 Belfast // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Aye you’ll see him on bt sport, that’ll do for me lol

    Should be an interesting few days, that will no doubt end in disappointment again.

  • 19 p // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Graeme, it won’t happen. People will always turn up and support the team. Many did in the dark days of staring relegation into division 3 in the face.

    He is a businessman, that is the way it is. It really is out of anyone’s control. He owns the club he can run it as he sees fit.

    To be honest, you can see/understand most of his thinking (certainly not all), he can’t compete with the oil clubs by matching playing staff budgets so, he has to be a stepping stone club, trying to attract young, hungry players.

    As I say though, it is not going to change so I think from a psychological point of view, fans need to accept that and just try to enjoy what is dished up and handle things with dignity.

    Personally, if he gets those 3 names touted about in (or say 2 of them), I will see this as a good window since Cabaye wanted to go.

  • 20 Spreadthetoon // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I’m gutted Cabaye is leaving but I think most of us knew that was likely to happen this window or next. I am however very concerned about our lack of activity this transfer window. The club is going to be in a crisis come the summer concerning strikers. Probably the most expensive players on the market. All in a World Cup transfer window when all players will be inflated! Very short sighted and on top of that we have JFK who will simply not sign anyone….. It’s all very frustrating. Plus Cabaye was the heart of the team so his attributes will be tough to replace though I’m sure Anita will do a good job. This would be my preferred line up with our existing players….

    ———————Tiote ——Sissoko————-

    Line up for Norwich

  • 21 Thump // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    manxpie // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    bring back lambias all is forgiven he was an orrible kernt but at least he was tough on deals and got 5 players in last jan
    joe seems to have just bent over on this 1!

    Ashley brought those players in. Llambias lost his job because of it.

  • 22 Crow59 // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Can’t wait for January 1st…. “We made several enquiries but it wasn’t right for the club or we couldn’t get them over the line”.
    Just seen pardews interview on bbc, he’s the only man I know who’s lips are the same colour as his skin.
    19 mil for me is not enough especially the amount of coin psg have, I’m suprised the transfer didn’t include a LOAN deal as we all know that’s all joke in ear is capable of.

  • 23 p // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Belfast, nail on the head. Selling is not the issue, lack of buying replacement(s) may be if they do not happen in the next few days.

    spreadthetoon, I don’t agree, there is always value to be had. A good scouting network is what is important. Remember G’uivarch. We won’t be buying any world cup stars this year so don’t worry about that. It will be some 22 year old french kid who may or may not come good or, perhaps someone on the fringes of an international team that is decent but did not make it to the world cup.

  • 24 manxpie // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    spread supposedly gouff’s doubtful as well
    only nufc can cause this kind of shite 5 days before the biggest and most important game of the season
    surely 6 months wouldn’t make that much difference to his price!

  • 25 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Cabaye wanted to be away months ago. Now his wish has come true. Quality player wanting the club to match his ambition. No chance.

    “It’s a reaww straggww to get get pliars owva the loiyne if oim honist. Espeshly wonce we’ve sowd one of arr best pliars. It’s too layht, we carrnt be a fret in d’ traansfur marrkit as we carrnt compete wiv the loiks of Norwich and Saaafaampton.”

    Just waiting for something like this to come from the silver tongued one.

    I don’t know how he’s allowed to drive a car with all those strings on his arms getting in the way all the time.

    JFK is doing an unbelievable job… for Ashley by carrying out his orders of limiting spending and taking the flak.


  • 26 Crow59 // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Looks like Big M is going to have to take over again on the transfer front, that’s what you get for employing your mates as oppose to people who actually know what they’re doing.

  • 27 Graeme // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:42 AM

    P @ 19
    Of course it wont happen, its the one thing the FCB banks on. I’m sure he has all the figures worked out on the profit margin for every 5000 drop in attendance right down to a “Break-even Point” and I think we would be suprised how low that number is, given the massive revenue increase from TV.

    He couldn’t care less about the club and the supporters are there to be fleeced at will. He is out to make money, pure and simple – once he has screwed as much as he can, he will sell for whatever he can get and walk away, laughing – all the way to the bank.

  • 28 Spreadthetoon // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Agreed we’re not gonna sign proven players thereby the risk. I do not trust or respect JFK. I wish we had Nobby as our DOF at least he would be a true ambassador of the club.Jfk is just a deflector. Ashley will not do anything for our club, he’s already walking through his exit strategy which may take some years but there is no long term plan other than to get back his investment. The sooner the better MA leaves IMO.

  • 29 lawriemcfanclub // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    How depressing. Best players sold year in year out, no real investment and no ambition. Not interested in the cups as there’s no real financial reward. An absolute fukwit as Director of Football – dread to think who he’s got lined up – probably offer the mackems £10m for Clattermole. Could be a nasty atmosphere on Saturday.

  • 30 Roy // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:46 AM


    And like the mindless sheep that we are we will continue to line his pockets with all our hard earned cash

  • 31 manxpie // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    thump thats hearsay tho mate at the time he was the guy smiling on deadline day chatting to sky sports
    but anyways i’d still have him back over joe lol and i hated lamearse

  • 32 Spreadthetoon // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I really don’t think we could have held onto Cabs. He wanted away and Tbf his ambitions which are matched by the fans are not matched by the owners I.e champions league.
    Our model is to grow organically thereby for the foreseeable future we will be a feeder club. I know it’s frustrating when we are so near and yet so far…….. It’s called a lack of ambition from MA. I suspect we’ll be a good mid league team for some years unless MA wants otherwise.

  • 33 toonakron // Jan 28, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Ahhhh the purgatory of the epl sitting right at mid level!!!!

  • 34 Argy // Jan 28, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    ashley is a grub fark this bloke off.

    surely someone wants to buy the club

  • 35 Sav // Jan 28, 2014 at 3:18 AM

    Ed, are you still saying selling Andy Carroll for £35 million was a mistake?? We griped then but surely now it seems like a masterstroke. This deal is different because the player DID want to leave, whereas I never really believed that about Carroll to Liverpool. We forgave Cab for going on strike but we can’t forget it. We will never know how many points his 3-match absence cost us and where we’d be now if we had them. If a replacement costs north of £12 million then its hardly about profiteering. No use hanging onto a player who wants out.
    Perhaps we’ll find how good Anita or Ben Arfa can be now. Bring on Norwich!

  • 36 bobby mango // Jan 28, 2014 at 7:19 AM

    Think the reaction in this article is OTT. Let’s wait and see what the amount is yeah?
    Personally I don’t see us getting into the CL in the next three years, even if we kept him and Remy plus added some purples each year. We’d be close but not close enough.
    Every player has a finite career, right now he needs CL football and we’re getting a top price. If think if makes sense.
    Also have confidence that although it’s happened far to slowly the squad has improved over the last few years. I think it will improve again, with more than one player bought with this money.

  • 37 Ericles // Jan 28, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I see no difficulty because there is no intention to replace him this window. The De Jong situation proves that. Ashley has the scenario he wants – we will not go down and we will not go any higher. It is just that Cabaye was the first off his market stall. Simple.

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