Cabaye Can Still Be World Cup Star For France

Yohan Cabaye did not play well for France in their rather easy 4-0 win against Norway last week in a friendly warm-up game for the World Cup, and the French coach has put that down to Cabaye not playing regularly at new club PSG, and that he was also carrying a slight ankle injury.

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Yohan Cabaye – in French colors

Cabaye could still be a key player for France in this summer’s World Cup, as he proved last October when he was the best player on the filed when France amazingly beat Ukraine 3-0 in Paris after losing the first leg of the play-off 2-0 in Ukraine – so Yohan proved he can produce the goods when it really matters.

After the win last week French manager Didier Deschamps did talk about the former Newcastle play-maker who seems to have an ankle problem, that’s hampering his play at the moment:

“He is not yet 100% because of his ankle, and his attacking game wasn’t seen much – but he is an important part of the team, and he put in a lot of effort – and as for the other players too, he still needs to improve his physical condition.”

But Deschamps is also a realist and he knows Cabaye has played fewer games than most of the rest of the squad since he moved to PSG, but Yohan still started the game against Paraguay over the weekend that ended in a 1-1 draw, and Yohan played the first 45 minutes before being replaced at half time.

Bacary Sagna seems to have reclaimed the starting right back position from Newcastle’s Mathieu Debuchy, and he played the whole game for France, and Loic Remy played for the first 82 minutes, and combined well with Olivier Giroud, who could be his new team-mate at Arsenal.

Moussa Sissoko came on after 71 minutes in that game.

If Yohan is given the chance to start for France in Brazil, we still think he will play well for the side, and he seems to look forward to the big games, and he will also want to have a good World Cup to help him get a starting place in the PSG side in pre-season.

There are a lot of very good central midfielders in the French squad, including Lyon play-maker and Newcastle target Clement Grenier, so Yohan needs to be both fully fit and in top form to be a starter for France in the World Cup, which finally gets under way in nine days time in Brazil.

Comments welcome.

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60 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #1


    The players I would offload are:


    Possibly offload:


    Have I missed any player?

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jun 3, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    the only positive thing about this bony situation is hopefully Fat Mike will realize he missed out on signing bony and 2 years later flipping him to a bigger team (MK Dons/Reading) and making a pretty penny. This might encourage him to rent some 8M-10M players for a year or two for the team.

  • JDdubai

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed, ffs let it go, he doesnt play for us anymore so enough with the cabaye crap. Why are we even bothered about him anymore, move on.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    I see Dortmund have Signed Immobile .

    Great buy IMO .

  • croftus5678

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    tav and abied would be my certain keeps imo if only as cover but have the quality to be decent first team options and push the players we allready have.

    players who should get some game time are cambell/arma/aarons/good/satka/sammy/kemen/woodman but apart from aarons i wouldnt mind these players going out on loan.

    and ye players to go imo.
    saylor (although he’s def staying)
    colo (although he’s staying)

  • croftus5678

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    oh and i missed bigi who should be in for 1st team squad this year.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #7


    AGREED, enough of cabaye

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8
  • croftus5678

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #9

    @7 taco

    yep agree and also remy and luuk was never our players so i dont wanna hear all the rubbish about who’s gonna sign them if we are not going to lol.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #10


    I agree with letting Saylor go, think Good can give cover but would keep Colo for 1 season at least, bit of experience for the younger defenders to learn from

    Tavernier I would sell because the lad is 23 and wants first team football, plus he quite frankly isn’t good enough…..a poor man’s Danny Simpson

    Guti I forgot about and would defo sell, Shola has been released so isn’t with the club anymore. Amalfitano I’d defo get rid of as well

  • croftus5678

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    @10 our toon

    yep fair point on colo we wouldnt get money for him anyways fom what i hear so your right on that point.

    and ye it would be best for tav to go for himself but i only care about nufc lol think he would be decent backup but only on the odd occasion deby is out (thats if deb’s stays)

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Our toon

    Why sell Mym and keep Taylor.
    Why sell Hadaira and keep Dummett.

    I could add at least another 10 WHYS throughout Pardew’s stupid decision making time here. Quite honestly the worst manager I have ever known, who rubs everyone up the wrong way and wouldn’t be tolerated anywhere else but this looney toon of a club!

    To think of the players we had and could have built on, all to be undone by this charlatan and league 1 chancer.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #13

    Chronicle reporting: Montpellier star Remy Cabella is also keen on the move to Tyneside.

    Nothing has been agreed by either Newcastle or Montpellier in terms of a fee but it is understood that Cabella, who could yet go to the World Cup was happy with the terms suggested by the toon representatives, while the idea of regular first-team football in the Premier League sells itself.

    Means Toon would just have to thrash out the transfer fee.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #14


    i think most of us on here are clicking on every 5 mins lol!

  • croftus5678

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #15

    @13 charlie

    was talking to a puds fan earlier today who had his take on cabella’s situation and apparently it happened to liverpool last season !

    they agreed a fee with club which was accepted then held talks with the player which was agreed but then the club upped the price claiming that the fee agreed was only high enough so that they could talk to the player and not the complete fee they wanted !

    sounds stupid to the fans but i suppose it makes sense to get that bit of extra money out of our club and generates more interest from other clubs after the player to bump the price up and offer money.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #16

    As others have said; please please give it a bloody rest with Cabaye!

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #17

    I also see that Martinez has come out and said they will not use the Europa league as an excuse for poor domestic form and that they will buy the right players to cope accordingly.
    A far cry away from us. Supporting NUFC becomes more disillusioning by the day.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Dead right – don’t know why I bother, work gets disrupted, but hoping something happens.

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Cabaye is a f ucking t wat f uck h im the c unt

  • thejokethatisnufc

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #20

    what a joke the muppets running our club are

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #21


    I’m flabbergasted at some of the decision making that has gone on here, we have what I think is still a decent squad but slowly it is being dismantled…..all this because the guys at the helm are quite frankly useless. MA is trying to manage expectations by sticking with Percy, he knows the guy is clueless but he doesn’t want us to be ambitious as this would mean spending cash.

    Since we breakeven we have spent less cash than when we were making a loss…..I thought it was supposed to be the other way around!!

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #22


    I still don’t understand some ppls hatred toward Cabaye, we can’t stand the lies from this regime and this is our club….he has no affiliation to us, why should he stay and rot in an unambitious team?

  • geordieman

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #23

    We are in terminal decline until this regime has finally gone. It maybe too late by then.

  • richyg01

    Jun 3, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Wonder if Cabaye regrets his move?

    I completely respect him wanting to move to an ambitious club, but it does show what players are focused now a days, and that is more on the wage packet than playing the game week in week out.

    Surely as a professional (in any career path) your intention is to do what you are trained to do as much as is possible?

  • Thump

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #26

    Good for him, now let’s talk about Newcastle players.

  • croftus5678

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #27

    @26 thump

    which one ? they are all leaving lol

    we could talk about sammy seeing as he will take a leaf outa his bro’s books and be here for another 15 years always not quite good enough to be first team but we play him cos we have no other options lol.

    on a brighter side this perez lad looks like an exciting player.

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #28


    Wonder if Cabaye regrets his move? No would be the answer to that mate….PSG in the CL won the French League or Newcastle won 3 or 4 of last 18 games, no cup runs and only aim is to not get relegated.

    Cabaye moved to us from Lille after they won the league, do you think he was a mercenary then? Leaving a team that’s going to play in the CL to join US a mid table PL team?

    If I was a footballer id want to play with the best players so that I can improve my game….shola or ibrahimovic? Cavani or Cisse? Look at the players he gets to work with on a weekly basis now compared to ones he has left behind.

    The fact he is getting paid more is irrelevant because we’d all change companies if we got paid more to do the same work

  • jazzyp

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #29

    Cabs is going to be further down the pecking order soon as Hazard is on the verge of signing for Psg.
    So that’s Motta….Verratti….Matuida…….Rabiot……….Pastore……Moura and now Hazard all in front of Cabs.
    I think he will soon realise he’s made a massive mistake

  • Sliema

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Our Toon

    Very well said indeed.
    I have more admiration for those who leave to go on to better things, than anger at them for leaving Newcastle.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #31

    He left so I don’t give a rats jacksy how he does, sissoko and debuchey on the other hand is a different matter.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #32

    I cannot fault Cabs for wanting to better himself and challenge for league titles and cups. And play at the highest level.
    But he has so far failed to break into the first team as in holding down a permanent position.I can’t see how sitting on the bench week in week out is going to suit Cabs career.
    The French manager has already come out and said that not playing regular football has affected the lad !!

  • the truth will out

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #33

    not a penny more
    total shower in control
    who gives a shit about money grabbing twasturds

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #34

    Jazzy P

    He could get a game for Cardiff in the championship next year, they’ll match whatever wages he’s on and can afford his fee doesn’t mean it’s good for him. Yes playing regularly is what players want but he moved to PSG mid-season, Hazard isn’t on his way to PSG at all either. Veratti may well be on his way out though…..Fifa fair play has kicked in for PSG now that they have bought Luiz for £40m+ add ons so they need to sell

  • croftus5678

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #35

    so cabaye on loan next season then guys ?
    how about ba on loan also ?

    thats the ashley way. go on lad nvm paying money ! sell and loan is the way to go 🙂

  • Our Toon

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #36


    We’ve spent almost £4m in loan fees and then on top of that wages which no doubt amount to around £10m minimum on 2 loan players who we got for 1 season total outlay is around £14m…makes zero business sense to me

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #37

    We care about Cabaye because? 😉

  • cyprus

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Some fans say that our players aren’t as good as we think they are, so don’t blame Pards. Well, Cabs isn’t as good as fans thought he is. Lots of expensive bench warming ahead. Do we want him back, following his tantrums? Hell no. Lots of games with Cabs invisible, in any case.

    Lambert to Liverpool? Why?? Back up, I presume.

    Sissoko happy at NUFC? Great news. If handled correctly (IF) this guy could be better than Yaya who was worse at his age!

    Oh, forgot to read our transfer policy article Ed. What’s it say? 50 mil. for the new manager at xmas?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #39

    Pardew wants hardworking players to patch over his lack of a clue and game plan. They look busy with little product.

    Onlookers can cheers for the fact that “the lads have worked hard” and were able to “dig in”, without being awake to enough to see what is really happening with a pathetic lower league manager and disgusting money grabbing owner.

    What a waste.
    Ashley out, Pardew out

  • jazzyp

    Jun 3, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #40


    Eden Hazard Eden Hazard has met with PSG’s owner and contract talks are ongoing according to @francefootball.
    Details: #PSG #CFCalready sees himself at PSG” according to @francefootball
    Hazard not going eh mate ??
    Hazard has stated himself that he see’s himself at Psg next season, That’s why Mourinho had a bust upwith him at the end of the season pal.
    Also im sure I thought PSG bought Luiz after they were fined 60 mill euro’s.


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