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This Player Would Have Been Great Buy Last Summer

Yohan Cabaye left us almost two years ago for £20M when he joined PSG after he had even gone on strike in August of 2013 to try to force a move to Arsenal – who had just put in a bid for him.

But then in January of 2014 and not for the first time under Mike Ashley Newcastle sold our best player and didn’t bother replacing him.

One impact of that was that we lost seven of our last eight games of the 2013-2014 season after the players realized that money was more important than they were at Newcastle and team spirit was affected.

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Yohan Cabaye – bought by Crystal Palace last summer

So given that history, it wasn’t all that surprising that we didn’t go after Yohan last summer when he was available from PSG after spending a miserable 18 months in Paris – mostly on the subs bench.

But Yohan is a player we have never replaced and he’s just the kind of player we are missing in today’s side.

While it’s all in retrospect – he would have been a great buy for us last summer and he’s now playing near his top form for his old boss Alan Pardew – who is now at Crystal Palace.

Just imagine today’s Newcastle side with Yohan in central midfield – we’d be a lot better.

And Palace could be bringing some players in during the January transfer window as an American investment company have agreed to invest up to £100M in the club and they’ve just given Palace £50M of that.

In fact the reports are that Pardew wants to sign another Frenchman who played for him at Newcastle – Loic Remy.

What Newcastle need to find is a similar player to Yohan – and then try to sign them either in January or in the summer.

We also expect Newcastle to invest some big money next month, but it could be difficult to get players in when we are again struggling against relegation.

That’s one reason it was important to beat Aston Villa on Sunday and also try to win our next two games at home to Everton on Saturday and at West Brom on Monday.

It’s an important transfer window for Newcastle next month and we need to not screw it up like we did last January.

Comments welcome – but please be civil to other readers who may disagree with your views.

16 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Dec 21, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Wijinaldum or Cabaye? Thankfully we got a better player who is has more versatility and has 7 league goals from open play and none from pens!!

  • Our Toon

    Dec 21, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #2


    Unlike you I’m trying to look at it logically…..Delefou has pace and trickery on the wing, Coleman also has pace. Dummett has no pace and neither does Colback!! From a defensive point we need a quicker player to cover that LB position, I would say chancel but we have no cover at CB.

    Does that make sense to you? Delefou much like Pedro can go either way, low centre of gravity with good change of direction. Mbabu dealt very well with Pedro and more importantly matched him for pace. Hence why I make a suggestion which is done so with a bit of common sense.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Dec 21, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki #57 from last thread… 😀

  • Wayayman

    Dec 21, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    @LGFUAF21 last thread

    I dint think you can have Tiote and sissoko in the same team these days. Tiote is a shadow of his former self and will be chasing his tail against Everton’s creativity and pace.
    Not sure what Anita has to do to please some people but for me he’s having to cover colback and do his own work too. I think dropping colback might help Anita play his game but then who else do we have capable of CM? I’d live winjaldum to get a start there but fear he’s a bit low on confidence at the minute judging by his last couple of games.

    Someone a few posts back mentioned that Everton’s full backs are their weakness at the minute and he’s right. Shame we don’t have anyone on the left who can do what Janmaat does on the right. We’re so one-sided at the minute it’s embarrassing. How dummet gets a game on the left is beyond me. The lad is a trier but can’t beat a man or get a decent delivery into the box- both of which is vital for full backs these days. Santa please bring us Jetro Willems for Christmas…

  • Wayayman

    Dec 21, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Man, that season we finished 5th Cabaye was on fire in a poorer team on paper than we have now. Forget how many goals he has this season, the bloke is still a massive player and has a huge influence in a lot of games


    Dec 21, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Our Toon
    It not possible to have both Gino and Yohan like?

  • Toon_Tom

    Dec 21, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ say Gini is as-good-as (if not better than) Cabaye!

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Dec 21, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #8

    Pav’s collapsed while out jogging. SSN.

  • hibbitt

    Dec 21, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #9

    our toon what a tosser you are i asked you a simply question thinking you had some insight into the way the lad plays and you go all defencive you come on here with your know all head yet when asked how you come to that answer you go into attack mode the truth be known you know nowt dick head

  • Our Toon

    Dec 21, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10


    Wow nice mature response buddy with plenty of expletives. I was trying to use logic and you were trying to be funny and looking for a reaction with a daft comment like “how many times have you seen Mbabu play” it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen a youngster play or any player, what matters is how they will match up or counter the opposition threat. I merely said I was using logic, your response though has me thinking you are between 10 and 16 years old though!!

    Apologies as I clearly offended you, but try to converse like a grown up rather than responding like a caveman!!

  • Our Toon

    Dec 21, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #11


    Btw you picked up on 1 sentence in which I questioned your logic and ignored the 2 paragraphs on why I thought mbabu was a better option. No one is right on here, it’s all opinions and my opinion doesn’t mean more than yours or anyone else’s!!

  • bills-son

    Dec 21, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Some of the comments after the Villa game are just sheer rubbish.

    We had five clear cut chances all created from good play – not the result of defender mistakes – and failed to take one. Had SDJ scored we would have won comfortably and everyone would have been saying how well we’d played.

    But … that’s the way football is.

    Lloris should have saved both of our goals against Spurs but we end up with three points. We should have scored 4 or 5 against Villa but we end up with one point.

    Fans who say we didn’t turn up against Villa are talking absolute rubbish. There was plenty of effort, plenty of chances and we kept trying to win the game right to the last kick.

    7 points from three games against Liverpool, Spurs and Villa is a great return – however we ended up getting them.

  • nightfa11

    Dec 21, 2015 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #13

    I agree..last season we should just swap sissoko for cabaye.. Wini is a good player But to say hes better than cabaye is a stretch.. Wini is more athletic, But cabaye is an organiser..a leader and more useful than Wini..plus when it comes to defensive duties cabaye is way above Wini..

  • mickybraham

    Dec 21, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Would like to see Armstrong come back and get a run out in the team. He’s full of confidence and could see him putting a few away and if it doesn’t work out, send him out to a championship club towards the end of this season/next season.

    Would like like to see this line up at some point in the new year.

    Janmaat—–Mbemba—–Colo—-Dum/mbabu/new LB

    Anita and colback dropping when the fullbacks push up. Perez and armstrong playing off mitro.

    It’ll never happen but would like to see it.

  • lesh

    Dec 21, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew’s been reported as not expecting much from the £100m the new partners have committed to invest in Palace. He’s expecting it to go towards improving Selhurst Park.

    But and given how far they’ve come on since he took over, Pardew’ll no doubt be selling and bringing in new blood.

    It’s also of note that Sunderland have ditched the role of DoF, letting Allardyce get on with things.

    When oh when Ashley open his eyes and see what the real world of top-level football’s like. He could clip Carr’s wings for a start and introduce some serious dialogue with McClaren or whoever, over player recruitment to improve and advance the team, rather than the finances which appear to be his obsession.

  • chuck

    Dec 21, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #16


    You are talking about players who perform different roles, Cabaye is a midfield general who can put his foot in, direct play, take set pieces and lay on the perfect pass, he can also score from open play.

    Whereas Wijnaldum, dissapears for much of the game and though penciled in as a left winger, has decided he wants to play in midfield, resulting in little in the way of attacking play from the left side of the pitch, as everything comes through Janmaat and Sissoko.

    That is until the late stages of the Villa game, where Thauvin came on and looked pretty good on the wing, playing some very good crosses into the box, in which case perhaps we can use Wijnaldum as a number 10#
    and use Thauvin on the wing, no ?


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