After all the news yesterday about Yohan Cabaye on his way to PSG if he passes his medical today, and Luuk de Jong on his way to Newcastle for a medical, we do actually have a game to play at Norwich City tonight – but in the grand scheme of things this game unfortunately has taken second place to the transfer business going on at the moment.
Yohan Cabaye will not play tonight, and it says something about Mike Ashley’s ambitions for Newcastle United, that he is willing to sell probably our best player – half way through the season.
If only Mike would think about getting a good team together rather than being obsessed with the finance side of the club – we’d do a lot better.
This will be an important game for Newcastle, because a win will lift Newcastle fans’ spirits after Cabaye’s departure, but on the other hand a defeat at Norwich would do the exact opposite.
Mathieu Debuchy is back after serving a three match ban, and we have to hope that he’s not too affected by his best friend Yohan Cabaye leaving the club.
He certainly was affected last August in that first game at Manchester City, after his friend had gone on strike to try to force a move to Arsenal.
We lost 4-2 at Norwich two seasons ago, but that was when we didn’t have any center-backs fit, and last season we drew 0-0 in a lack-luster game on January 12th last year.
Colo is still out injured but everybody else in the squad is available and
This could be the side that manager Alan Pardew starts tonight, with potentially Hatem Ben Arfa playing in Yohan Cabaye’s former position of withdrawn striker, behind Loic Remy in a 4-1-1 formation
Debuchy Williamson Taylor (S) Santon
Sissoko Tiote (c) Anita Gouffran
Subs: Elliot Yanga-Mbiwa Haidara Gosling Marveaux Obertan Ameobi (Sh)
Before we agreed a deal to sell Yohan Cabaye to PSG, 72% of fans thought we would beat Norwich tonight, and only 14% thought we’d lose – but those figures have now dipped to 46% thinking we’ll win and 36% thinking we’ll lose the game.
That’s because Yohan will not be playing tonight – and in fact will never play for Newcastle again. 🙁
As far as the tactics of the game are concerned, we think Pardew will try to flood the midfield in Cabaye’s absence, and we’ll have to hope that Loic Remy can hist some goals, and that Ben Arfa can too.
Sissoko and Gouffran on the wings will track back, so we make it hard for Norwich, and hopefully we will be able to defend well tonight.
And Hatem certainly has the skills to put the ball into the back of the net if given a chance in that withdrawn striker role, and it could be a new opportunity for the mercurial Frenchman, with Cabaye having now departed for Champions League play with PSG.
We need to see a professional display from the lads tonight, and they cannot be affected by Cabaye’s departure – and we need to come away with a win at Carrow Road – that’s basically the bottom line.
Howay The Lads!!
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