David Ginola, Newcastle’s former winger under manager Kevin Keegan in the 1990s, thinks the new French players will have a big impact at Newcastle.
David Ginola – very popular player at Newcastle
Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Mehdi Abeid and Demba Ba were all born in France, and were signed in the summer by Newcastle for a total of around £8M – which was terrific business for the club.
They joined Ben Arfa on Tyneside, who was brought on loan to Newcastle in August of 2010 from Marseilles, and then signed on permanently last January, while still recovering from a double break of his left leg.
And all six players have done well so far, with Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa maybe the pick of the bunch, and Demba Ba is currently the club’s top scorer with 4 goals in 7 appearances for the first team.
David Ginola thinks all six French players will have a big impact at Newcastle this season:
“The six French players in the dressing room will have a big impact,” “It’s great for the fans to have these players come in, as they’re very exciting players. Cabaye won the double last year, and will be a big player.”
Newcastle take on the club Ginola joined after leaving Newcastle in July of 1997 this coming Sunday – Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs paid Newcastle £2.5M for the 17 times capped French International, and the game between David’s two former clubs is shaping up to be a great test for the Geordies this weekend.
David joined Newcastle in 1995 for £2.5M from PSG, and in 75 appearances for Newcastle, he scored 7 goals and was a very popular player on Tyneside, and had skills galore.
The left winger joined Tottenham in July of 1997 for £2.5M and stayed at the London club until 2000, and in 124 appearances for Spurs, he scored 22 goals.
Newcastle are currently 4th in the Premier League and Spurs are in 6th place, just 3 points behind the Magpies but with a game in hand.
As we said, it’s going to be a tough game on Sunday, but Newcastle have every chance of coming away with all 3 points.