Cabaye To Be Replaced In Summer With “Clever Player”

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. 🙁

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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?

Comments welcome.

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 or sean4eva09 on twitter.

21 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    whoever replaces cabaye .. firstly needs good atttacking skills .. Grenier has this .. then they need to defend from the front .. just like Cabaye .. I’m not sure if grenier can do this ..
    I just hope we get the players that we need and get them in early.
    I hope we get Fofana (cover for Tiote)
    Young top centre back
    Sadio Mane
    Batshuiyi and Bony

  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #2

    The way Pardew’s constantly licks Ashley’s rim is disgusting.

  • sweendog

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #3

    realistically we’ll get Carl jenkinson .. let debuchy leave and replace with loan players ..

  • ToonMatt

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Yeah a clever loan signing!

  • Spoof

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed, Cabaye had played for France before he joined us, but undoubtedly he became a much better player under Pardew’s guidance, is this what is meant by being Pardewed, they improve greatly ?

  • Oldgit1

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Ben3arfa – what are you expecting him to say, he is an employee after all. I will wait and see what happens in the summer regarding incoming players.

  • mindshaft

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    Cabaye replacement will be someone who has a clause in his contract or is an unknown entity that has potential, rest of signings will be of Gouff or Amalfitano (or whatever his name is ) standard.
    Gouff is a workhorse who will score a few goals whereas Amalfitano wasn’t up to scratch
    I can’t see the leopard changing his spots based on the last 5 years evidence so not sure why people keep making wish lists of players they would like signed.
    In reality we all know we’re fighting the likes of Villa, Everton, Stoke for players

  • sweendog

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8

    just looking at the league table .. a win tonight and we can push for Europa .. I’m sure theres a few players who do want it .. nevermind Pardew .. with the correct investment Europa shouldn’t harm your league .. what you need is a squad or players not just a first 11 .. that was our problem last year

  • Greebol1892

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #9

    1. I anticipate 3 signings: 1 CM, 1 youngster, 1 loan striker.
    2. Due contracts will be renewal offers for less money, short-term.
    3. As long as we stay above relegation spots, that’s fine.
    4. Ashley can then spend in January if he needs to, to keep us up.

    I agree with none of the four points above but this is the way the club is being run now.

    btw it’s amazing the ambition of Benteke how he’s happy to turn up week-in, week-out for a poor team. How long can that last?

  • sweendog

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #10

    no reason we shouldn’t be competing with players everton are linked with .. they’ve no money themselves .. some of the players being tauted to them are top drawer .. newcastle should be a bigger pull that Everton/Villa/Southampton etc .. the fans, the stadium etc .. unless one of them teams is in the champions league we should be the front runners..

  • sweendog

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #11

    Bentekes been poor this year ..still a brute but missed alot of sitters ..theres better strikers out there unless first a foremost you want a target man..

  • sweendog

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #12

    Greebol1892 .. we all know this going to be the case but I hope somehow that the 80 mill + cabaye and fans stopping season tickets make ashley spend at least 40-50 mill on transfers which means we should have a formidable squad .. if we got the right players we’d be pushing top six as long as the spine isn’t changed to much .. be I do fear if we lose Tiote/Debuchy .. to injury or being sold .. I think we need apure DM to back up Tiote/ Fofana is a must for me alongside the crying need for 2+ stikers, attacking midfield, winger and CB cover, the CB must be good in the air, strong and have good positional sense

  • Average_Contents

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #13

    Off topic but it’s now official the academy is class 1 status and their crediting wonga for investing 1.5m into it along with fatty! Arma, woodman and lubko have signed professional deals with us now

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #14


    I don’t normally predict scores but I expect a tight game. With no Remy or Cabaye, I don’t think we have any great outlets in an attacking sense so there are none of our players to be especially fearful of. An on-form Sissoko, Goofy, HBA or Cisse could change that though.

    I’ll go for a 1-1 draw.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #15


    We’re in the PL and are currently ranked the 8th best team, which is about right. We have some top players and can surely expect more to arrive in the summer, plus we have some exciting youngsters coming through soon we hope. But most importantly, this is Newcastle United we’re talking about…I didn’t start to support the club because we were winning loads of trophies or because we were in the CL, I started to support the club because of the great spirit and passion around the club for football, because the fans would get behind their representatives on the pitch and because the stadium was loud and passionate with the crowd willing their team on to perform.

    Now, this blog is mostly full of posts with people slagging off our owner, manager or squad and general doom and gloom.

    I’ll take 8th place and a transfer window where we should sign several players, it’s you miserable types who put a downer on the season.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 25, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Keep believing, can’t do you any harm.
    That bit of land is significant because it is the only place possible where, if need be the ground can be extended, there are listed buildings one side a big park behind us the Gallowgate is the only feasible option.

  • Grumpy

    Mar 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #17

    Common the Lads..get into them Scousers

  • James RS

    Mar 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #18

    Id like to see Cabella replace Cabaye but there are many other clever midfielders around, and not just in France they should widen their net a bit, as regards a striker I haven’t seen much better than Bony. I think we should go for him he’s as good as Remy or could be in a better team…. we also need a good centre back and maybe a full back. Dummetts not good enough in my opinion. Santon should be in the side in the right position (not necessarily full back) as he is technically very good and the lad likes Newcastle and the area; sounds committed .

  • Kamikaze Koala

    Mar 25, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Safe to say this is pardew at his best, this silver tongue old dog think we believe a clever (good) player would come to us !!! he tries he sure does.


    Mar 25, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #20

    Hernandez from swansea.


    Mar 25, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Ironic though isnt it? Ever since wonga became our shirt sponsors all our incoming players have been loans


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