Surprising Comments About Cabaye In France – He’s In Trouble


PSG manager Laurent Blanc has told the French web-site le10sport.com that Yohan Cabaye is a boy in trouble, and that he has been only mediocre at PSG since he signed for them in a £20M deal last January – and that he has to get to be good and efficient at PSG.

yohan cabaye upright psg

Yohan Cabaye in action for PSG – hasn’t settled in Paris

The news over the past few months seems to suggest it’s almost certain that Yohan will push for a move in January faway rom PSG, and it seems he would like to return to England, with Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool (and Newcastle?) said to be interested in signing the play-maker.

This is what PSG and former France manager Laurent Blanc has said yesterday about the former Newcastle midfielder :

“Yohan is a boy in trouble, but he knew there were good players at PSG. At this level he has to adapt. He had doubts but I find him much better.”

“The match against Lorient he must understand he cannot repeat this. He understands the need to change things. This is better and hopefully he will translate on the ground when he plays.”

” It’s not enough just to play. You must be good and efficient.”

Blanc is talking there of the 2-1 win against Lorient at the beginning of this month when PSG were very poor in the first half and 1-0 down,  and Yohan Cabaye in particular put in a terrible performance in that game.

Blanc made changes in the second half and replaced Cabaye and PSG went onto finally scrape though and the the win 2-1.

This is part of the ESPN report of the game,  and about the play of Cabaye against Lorient:

“No performance was more concerning than Cabaye’s pitiful 62-minute attempt at a contribution. The French international was guilty of a large number of lapses in concentration.”

“Most of those resulted in Lorient chances — and a series of pointless tackles that consistently put PSG under pressure, particularly at 1-0 down.”

“Cabaye’s position is now under major threat after the contract renewal of Adrien Rabiot on Friday. He’s under intense scrutiny at club and international level.”

“Cabaye may well find himself out of the next France squad and further down les Parisiens’ pecking order than he already is if he serves up many more displays like this one.

Ouch!!

But it’s only one game after all,  and in fact he did make the French squad for the recent two week International break.

Ever since Yohan moved to Paris he has found difficulty in getting a regular starting place with the competition for places in central midfield fierce at the French Champions.

Yohan could also be worried about his place in the French squad, with not getting regular games at France’s most prominent club at the moment.

And while Newcastle have been reported to maybe be willing to being the 28 year-old back to Newcastle, we don’t think Mike Ashley will pay out £20M for a 28 year-old.

And since the player left for Champions League football he will presumably want to join a club that’s in Europe every season.

That’s not Newcastle United these days.

What do you think?

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99 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed,
    This is not our player! We don’t want him back. Let it go.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Lilo,
    About Cisse, did you mean that he should be on the bench, even if he’s fully fit I still think Perez should start and considering Cisse played and scored for Senegal he surely is still fit ?

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Very un PC but; a sulking Frenchman now there’s a surprise!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail,
    I’d like to see Cabella given a chance in the attacking midfield central role, and I’d move Perez out into the slightly wider attacking position. Then if Cisse is fit, I’d play him as the central striker, if not, throw young Arma in against one of the poorest back lines in the league. The local rag websites are saying that there are still concerns on his fitness, so who knows how capable he is, plus the flight back from Dakar will mean he is just back in training today.

    I agree with Perez shouldn’t be dropped from the team and if we are sticking with Cabella out wide then Perez has to start as the central attacker.

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #5

    perez has scored in the last 3 games while cisse has been injured
    cisse is in good form fit and scored on international duty the other night

    so we either change to a system and accommodate 2 strikers or stick with the 433 and push perez wide dropping Sammy prob

    goto stick with perez and the 433 its the fairest thing to do if you drop any of them kids that are there on merit it could have a negative effect on the rest of the kids

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  • thejokethatisnufc

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #6

    HAHAHA f**k of Kebab and rot

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    look at Newcastle with 2 strikers in form and both have a case to start a match yet only room for

    pards must think its xmas

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Lilongwe Geordie
    Your adaption to the team could be a very good substitution ploy and Cisse should not be risked from the start. Cabella and Sammy have the opportunity to establish themselves and their midfield takes care of itself, with Anita as a capable sub in case of an injury.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    # the midfield

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #10

    70Two,
    I think moving forward Perez will find his role either as a wide forward or just off a striker. He came to us as an attacking midfielder and that is what he won his award for, best attacking midfielder.

    Sammy needs to up his game. He has all the tricks, a bit like his brother at that age, but he also has all the same drawbacks, lack of consistency, niggling injuries, question marks over his ability to play 90 minutes etc.

    Shola never got away from a lot of these issues because he rarely got a consistent run in the team as a youngster due to the quality in front of him. Hopefully a run of games can see Sammy iron some of these issues out.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Campbell has gone on a months loan to hartlepool

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #12

    70Two,
    I think ‘their midfield takes care of itself’ probably isn’t far off either! Joey is his own worst enemy half the time, Sandro seems to have issues with himself as well.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    If Arsenal had Cabaye and Wilshire as their holding midfielders they would surely be more successful.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #14

    AC,
    That is good news, we probably have a similar agreement allowing him to play for our U21 while on loan as we did with Woodman when he went there. Hopefully he can get back on track, but he really needs to grab this opportunity by the scruff of the neck.

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Lilongwe/ average

    when cambell was at st Mirren there was a rumour he had an attitude problem and that’s why he wasn’t getting game time
    is this true do u think

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 21, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Lil

    Yeah made up for him but I think it should of been longer tbh, end of January or until end of season at least because let’s face it, arma and Perez are currently ahead of him here so I doubt he’s gonna get a look in anytime soon.

    He tweeted something yesterday about 2015 is going to be my year so hopefully he extends the loan with pool and goes on a scoring rampage. Do him the world of good.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #17

    Beer,
    I read that about him. However coaches at Newcastle had in the past praised his attitude and his work ethic in training. The lad has said all the right things in the past.

    Obviously I am just speculating, but it could be that he just didn’t settle up there, some people don’t take well to moving, and different attitudes and coaching styles. It may just have not been the right fit for him.

    Another theory which could have played upon his mind is that he went on loan for the remainder of the season, and then saw Remy pick up suspensions and injuries, which may have seen him get a chance at first team level but due to him being on loan Arma got that chance instead. That would have been frustrating for the lad given a year earlier he was on the fringes.

    Whatever the reasoning, he needs to get his head down and start to bang in goals no matter where he is playing. He did score in his last game for the Under 21’s, and had a good game by all counts, so he is by no means out of the picture.

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Lilongwe Geordie – Ha!
    It is a surprise that Perez was a midfielder and makes his success as a striker more wonderful. Let’s hope his good form continues.

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  • Mattroge

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #19

    You can’t accomodate the system for Cisse in my opinion. I know he played & scored mid-week so his confidence will be high but unless you have injuries/suspensions you don’t change a winning team.

    For me Perez stays up front with Cabella and Sammy either side. If we’re struggling or need to pinch a goal then Cisse can come off the bench.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #20

    AC,
    I think given his recent issues with his loan spells then they probably want to make sure it fits before making it longer. Streete was only loaned for a month before they extended it (and then brought him back) so I imagine if it works out he will be there for longer.

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  • Reyantoon

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #21

    The best club for cabaye to play and be happy with is NU.He was a leader here prior to his departure and one of the best MF nu have for long.Even if he choose to go to somewhere else,he still won’t get games and will struggle to compete with other big players.I have a feeling he may come to us,probably on loan,
    b/c we are the only club among most that can give him playing time every time consistently!
    Now seems certain he will leave Paris..

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #22

    Reyantoon

    I agree with you apart from the fact that there are plenty of other clubs that would want himIin their starting squads. I always thought he would end up at Roma, but ManU and Liv are also in need of a midfielder XWith the passing quality of Cabaye.

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Lilongwe

    I would say coaches might have been the problem my friends kid got an invite to join the academy at a local championship club he didn’t like the coach refused to sign a year later they tried to sign him again was not interested only some intense nagging and he went realised that coach wernt there anymore signed up for the academy and is there full time and loves it

    nearly passed on having a shot at a pro footballer career cos of one coach

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  • mag92

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #24

    Newcastle United, could do with Cabaye, tomorrow!

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  • Shaker Shakrah

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #25

    why the hell Always focus on Cabaye ????????
    Deal and live with it man
    Forget him
    He is a PSG player and i don’t care if he scored 10 own goals

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Beer,
    I’m just reading Paul Lake’s autobiography, and he talks about a number of very good footballers who ended up having decent careers that failed at City all because they had a coach there who was like marmite. Some players did really well under him, some just stalled and couldn’t work with him.

    I think that is missed a lot of the time when people talk about how well players do at different clubs.

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  • Reyantoon

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #27

    70TWO
    Agree! but still there is a chance he may end up at Roma bcoz there is news last night that man utd agree to sign strootman from Roma,and Roma may take cab as his replacement.
    Whatever happens,he still is valuable player for us if come and still a leader here!

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  • beermonkey

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #28

    Lilongwe

    makes you wonder how many slip through the net due not getting along with coaches

    but u cant get along with every1

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  • 70TWO

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #29

    “but u cant get along with every1”

    I will second that but I am grateful to Jail for Ashley for cut and paste instructions on my mobile! 😉

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  • spudzzz

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #30

    a quick reply to expat mag from a previous post…this is what was said
    expatmag // Nov 21, 2014 at 7:00 AM

    “Our last 5 premier league finishing positions have been;

    18th
    11th
    5th
    16th
    10th

    Average that out and it shows 12th as an average league table position under Ashley.”

    I can see an exciting trend here 🙂
    -18th >progress> 11th >progress> 5th
    -16th >progress> 10th >progress> 4th ??? Champions league here we come
    🙂

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  • cyprus

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #31

    I really like your stats S! 🙂

    Still, if you average our positions (3rd, 6th, etc = 180) by 20 PL seasons, you get 9th! That’s where maybe we’ll finish. Which I would bite your hand off for, 3 weeks ago.

    So, Ed,
    What’s the next piece of news on Cabaye 😉

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  • mindshaft

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #32

    Not again…

    Cabaye is not coming back to the toon unless PSG give him to us for nowt.
    FFS why do people keep banging on about him, decent player for toon but he’ll be expensive and he’s 28 which are two things fatty hates
    I doubt he’d even want to come to toon when Arse / Liverpool etc are said to be interested

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  • Sav

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Cabs is lying on a bed of his own making, Ed. Nobody at Newcastle asked him to go. But now he’s gone and at last his boots have been filled.
    The only ones who ought to give this article any further thought are Tiote, Aarons and anyone else thinking about the benefits of a move elsewhere. As KK pointed out, it may not be quite what’s depicted in the brochure.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #34

    70Two,
    No bother, glad to be of assistance.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #35

    Cabaye wanted to better himself and play in the CL, I don’t know why anybody wouldn’t want him to succeed.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #36

    I bet Andy Caroll must be gutted about the abuse he gets, from all the info I’ve heard he was pretty much forced out.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Jail,
    Completely agree. So it hasn’t worked out as he hoped, but I bet for almost any pro footballer will want to test themselves at the very top and play with and against the best players if the opportunity presents itself.

    Cabaye was at an age where the time was right, he gave us some good years, and some great performances. Wherever he goes next then I hope it works out for him.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail,
    I’m not sure on Carroll, I’m fairly sure all parties were happy with that deal. If not why would Carroll have got a new agent in just before they brokered the deal.

    I think the difference between Carroll and Cabaye is that Carroll would have developed better had he stayed here, although who knows how much the injuries would have hindered this.

    If you are good enough then an opportunity will present itself regularly, there is no need for kids like Aarons, Perez etc to go to a big cub at this stage. They will get there eventually should they continue to impress.

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #39

    Anyone seen that pic of tiote in an arsenal shirt? Not sure if it’s real or fake but he’s apparently loaded it onto facefcuk. Bit disrespectful if true, even if he does support arsenal. Some comments attributed to it are disgrace. I don’t think it’s that bad but still he shouldn’t of done it imo (if true)

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  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #40

    Surely if Cabaye is returning to England it will be to join his buddy Debuchy at Arsenal – bye the bye Cabaye had the odd stinker for us – midfielders do now and then

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