There’s no doubt that Yohan Cabaye leaving in January and not being replaced has adversely affected Newcastle’s season, and it also hasn’t helped that two of our very best remaining players – Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy – last played when they represented France in the 2-0 win against Holland on March 5th, and both are still expected to be out for the next couple of weeks. 🙁
Yohan Cabaye was brilliant at Newcastle
He improved so much that’s a good message to other transfer targets
When Yohan Cabaye arrived at Newcastle in June of 2011 from Lille for just over £4M, he hadn’t been capped by France, and when he left in January, he had played 26 times for them with two goals and had become one of their very best players.
And in the crucial second leg tie against Ukraine last November, after they had lost the first leg 2-0, he was the Man of the Match and put in a superb performance to get France through to the World Cup finals in the 3-0 win.
So in the summer, when Newcastle are trying to persuade some young play-makers to join the club – what happened to Cabaye on Tyneside can only help us in the transfer market.
Alan Pardew has said Cabaye will be replaced in the summer:
“It’s fair to say that the transfer made it harder to qualify for Europe – and I don’t think anyone would disagree with that – because we couldn’t replace him.” “But that doesn’t mean to say we can’t replace him in the summer.”
“We know we have got good players here, but we do need that controller of the ball, that maneuverer, that clever player, and we will get one in the summer, for sure.”
Clement Grenier of Lyon was one player we tried to get in January to replace Cabaye – and we’ll probably go after him again this summer – and he would be a terrific replacement – and the lad only turned 23 in January.
Who are the other play-makers we should be after in the summer?
Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sean4eva09 on twitter.