At least Yohan Cabaye is talking about his time at Newcastle in positive terms, and that’s always good for the club, as we try to attract other potentially very good French players this summer.
Yohan Cabaye – in PSG colors
It’s true that Alan Pardew wants more British based players at Newcastle, but we doubt many will come in when Newcastle realize the significant premium they have to pay to get good home based players into the club.
At the Fans’ Forum meeting on Monday night, Newcastle explained that Cabaye was desperate to leave Newcastle – which is never good to hear – but we think the mistake Newcastle made was to agree with the Frenchman last August that is a reasonable bid came in during January he could leave.
Maybe Joe Kinnear was the one who made that foolish agreement – which immediately put Newcastle into a weak negotiation position with their best player.
Yohan is now at PSG, and while at Newcastle he improved a lot, and became one of France’s best players, and remember when he arrived on Tyneside he didn’t have one senior cap for France, although he had been called up as part of previous French squads.
Yohan has said this today in Le Parisien:
“I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed myself. I ‘m glad I had this experience.” “There is little downtime, the referees whistle less than in France, you must always be focused. There are no easy games.”
Yohan wanted to leave Newcastle when it became clear that Newcastle had no chance of playing in the Champions League anytime soon, and you cannot really blame the player for wanting to join a much bigger club with higher ambitions than Newcastle have at the moment.
But it’s good to have these positive words from our former central midfielder, with the Montpellier President and manager both bad mouthing Newcastle last month rather unprofessionally, when we moved in for their 23 year-old winger Remy Cabella.
It’s not the first time Montpellier President Louis Nicollin has heavily criticized Newcastle – when we signed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa thirteen months ago, Lou thought it was a terrible choice by his then captain.
Newcastle need to build up their good name again, after being criticized so heavily last month, and of course we also shot ourselves in the foot by allowing Cabaye to leave and then not bringing in a replacement.
There’s not many clubs that weaken themselves by choice in a transfer window, but Newcastle have now done that twice, and we didn’t seem to learn three years ago when we sold Carroll and didn’t replace him.
However – hope springs eternal – and we are hoping for a great finish to the season, and then an excellent transfer window over the summer – and who knows – we could become a good side again.
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