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Why Did It Take Newcastle Two Years To Do This?

8:18 am, Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Creative midfielder Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle just over two years ago in January 2014 for £20M to PSG and as is usual with these January deals we did not bother to replace him.

His departure left Newcastle with no creative spark in midfield that season and we ended the season losing seven of our last eight league games.

And that had an impact on the next season too, when we picked up just four draws in our first seven games and Alan Pardew was under tremendous pressure.

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Yohan Cabaye – took two years to replace him

So when you think of how much we have struggled in the last two years, maybe it was because we didn´t bother replacing Yohan until last month, when we brought in Jonjo Shelvey – who has quickly made a huge difference to how the team plays.

Our central midfield had consisted of any two from Vurnon Anita, Cheick Tiote and Jack Colback – and none of those players are very creative or attacking midfielders.

It´s another sign of how badly the club has been run these last few years and it’s still going on today, when we amazingly failed to strengthen the defense last month.

And we wont even mention the worry we have in case Rob Elliot gets injured – we supposel Newcastle are just hoping for the best – which seems to be one of their management principles.

Moussa Sissoko has said he thinks Jonjo can finally be the replacement for Yohan Cabaye:

“I really believe Jonjo is the replacement for Cabaye two years after,”  “Jonjo, like Yohan, is a very good player. He sees the game so easily and delivers great balls.”

“For me, he is the same style as Yohan and the same qualities so for me he is an excellent signing for us.

“He has played four games for us and you can see what he brings to the team. It has to be good for us. Now we have to grow with him, make sure we make the most of his vision and his range of passing to pick up as many points as we can between now and the end of the season.”

“When we lost Yohan, the club did not bring in another player like him. There was a gap. We still had good players like Cheick and Jack, but they are very different styles. They were not like Yohan,” said Sissoko.

“With Jonjo, he is the perfect style for us because he fits in so well. Players like myself and Gigi Wijnaldum like to go forward and he can pick us out so easily. It makes such a difference and we must feed off him.

“It worked against West Brom with Jonjo spotting Mitro and it will happen again. He has already become a very important member of this team because he is different.”

“Now we must try to pick up a result at Chelsea. That’s three good home performances in a row we have had.”

Jonjo looks a great signing for us and in a report yesterday by the CIES Football Observatory in Switzerland, it looks like he´s been valued at almost twice the £12M we paid for him.

He´s down as the best signing made in the January transfer window, but we´d like to see more from him at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, which will be necessary if we have any chance of picking up anything in our next game.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Jonjo Shelvey · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Yohan Cabaye

19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Because Mike Ashley. Nuff said.

  • 2 catchy in norway // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    9catchy in norway // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    I’d take a draw against Chelsea, I think we have to go at them from the first minute though.
    Stoke should be a win, they have looked poor since Xmas.

    What I noticed on Saturday was more shots from outside the box, Jonjo, Townsend and Tiote all trying from distance and hitting the target. This was something new

  • 3 catchy in norway // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Sorry guys but if NUFC had of bought Marez or Payet, pretty much every nufc fan would have said cheap French imports and probably wrote them off before getting a chance.

    Looking at the playmakers in the league there isn’t that many around

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    I thought shots/goals from distance were a sign of people having to do everything as the team play wasn’t good enough. You claimed that was why players had to take shots from distance under Pardew? Moments of individual brilliance to get Pardew out of trouble.

    As it is, Shelvey and Townsend registered 1 shot on target a piece from 4. (although I presume that doesn’t include the woodwork) and other than Tiote’s disallowed goal he missed the target with his other shot from range……

  • 5 Mag52 // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Good comments Sissoko, and a sad comment on the Ashley management style which robbed us of our playmaker at a time when we were riding high under AP.

  • 6 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Carr wanted to sign Payet, he was too expensive the year we got Cabella, and too old last summer. But we were solidly linked with him, and Carr watched him on a number of occasions. It was only after he was deemed too expensive that we pursued Cabella that summer.

    Another one we missed due to club restrictions.

  • 7 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    We are currently worse off at this stage of a season then we have been for several years. That being said, it is most definitely NOT the time to change managers. It almost always works out terribly (last season…mash left Carvup in charge fron jan and we nearly went down, and the football was just as boring and even less organised).
    Macca deserves another chance, provided we stay up. The players at least know what he wants and are used to his style. The new players especially would lose confidence if we sacked macca now. If we scrape by, but are still faffing about at the wrong end of the table in october, then maybe it’s time for a change.

  • 8 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    *than we have been.

  • 9 toontaff2 // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Could be another 2 years before we get a replacement for Willo!

  • 10 hibbitt // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    would clement be a good addition to our coaching staff i read he was more of a coach then a manager ???

  • 11 expatmag // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:40 AM


    From the previous thread mate re the Chelsea game.

    Assuming Lascelles and Dummett might be available, I think I would stick with the same team although I would make sure that Sissoko stays on the right and Townsend on the left because the latter will be needed to track back in support of Aarons as we know Ivanovic will overlap continually.

    This is to our advantage because with the pace of Aarons Townsend Wijnaldum and Sissoko on the break, we could really damage them.

    Call me crazy but I think we will win IF we get our tactics right. This will involve the pace of Doumbua at some stage during the game, up against a slow and tiring Terry and Cahill.

  • 12 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:43 AM


    We have been a bit of a bogey team for chelsea (i say bit because ot doesnt always work out). I think we should be good for a point at least, of we keep playing the way we have been.

  • 13 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:44 AM


    F%ck this f%cking phone touch screen keyboard all the way to f%cking hell.

  • 14 hibbitt // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:46 AM

    if we could start and put the ball in the net i would be a lot more optimistic the chances are there for the taking !!

  • 15 toonincheek // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    I’ve seen Ed refer to Lascelles being out for one game, as he would be if he got 2 yellows >red.

    But – after the first yellow, I think he got a straight red, so he will be out for 3 games.

  • 16 The overrated Frenchman // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Lilo, as I see it there were better options than Cabella, and then so with Thauvin, but Carr had his own agenda and apparently the backing of Charnley. One can only speculate what went on behind the scenes. The bottom line is that £25m was squandered on Cabella, Riviere and Thauvin yet Carr seems untouchable. Incredible way to run a business.

  • 17 Blofal // Feb 9, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    They waited a bit then bought in De Jong. But De Jong is an injury prone number 10… not a midfielder who sits back and pulls the strings like Cabaye/Shelvey.

    We were just lucky that Cabaye could play both deep or further upfield in that number 10 role.

  • 18 Lilongwe Geordie // Feb 9, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Yeah, he is very highly rated as a coach. I’d have him here in a second. But I think he will make a good fist of management. 5 defeats in 30 games, albeit 3 in his last 6 is a record that many managers wouldn’t lose their jobs over.

    If Dummett or Colback are available, one of them has to replace Aarons. Aarons could then be used later in the game if we need fresh legs later on.

    There were better options, and several papers reported Payet as a big target of ours, but was too expensive or too old. He is on c.£75k a week at West Ham, a figure we won’t stretch too as it breaks our wage cap. Carr has signed some duds, all scouts do.

    The problem comes from Ashley not employing suitable people on the board to oversee everything. Most scouts are closely linked with certain agencies and agents, but they are overseen by proper people at board level as well, and wouldn’t be in the negotiations. So it isn’t as easy to see a clear pattern emerge.

    Carr is a scout, probably not much better or worse than a lot of them, like McClaren, Charnley and Moncur though, he has been moved above his station to a position on the board.

    Anyway, my internet is terrible today, and I have work to do, so will most likely be back tomorrow. I will be in London on Saturday though, so if anyone knows of a decent pub with a few regular Newcastle fans watching the match then please let me know!

  • 19 TroubledToon // Feb 9, 2016 at 12:11 PM


    I wudnt wanna be ur phone right now 😀

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