I scratch my head as I hear some Newcastle fans celebrating the fact that Yohan Cabaye won’t be making a return to Tyneside.
I can understand their reaction, up to a point, when it comes to the hassle that went on when he wanted his move away back in August 2013.
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However, Cabaye did point the finger at Joe Kinnear regarding alleged broken promises that had been made and I think I know who I would believe out of the pair of them…
What I do fail to comprehend is when supporters doubt whether he would improve Newcastle’s team, as well as getting hot and bothered about ‘paying £10m for a 29 year old’.
In 76 Premier League starts for Newcastle, Yohan Cabaye scored 13 goals and made another 13. Meaning on average, he scored or made a goal in one of every three matches.
More than that though he made the team tick, always available for the ball and he is the playmaker who has never been replaced.
If anybody doubted Cabaye’s influence, you only have to look at what happened in that second half of the 2013/14 season once he left.
At 29 he is at his peak and with a place for France to fight for in next summer’s Euros, he will be busting a gut at club level to make sure of his international place.
The Chronicle claim that Yohan Cabaye has been offered to Newcastle this summer but Mike Ashley wasn’t interested.
Now it looks as though he is on the verge of joining Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace, just how sick will that make you feel, unless by some miracle Newcastle sign somebody anywhere close to Cabaye’s standard this summer?
Jack Colback is steady enough but a grafter with little inspiration, whilst anybody who thinks Vurnon Anita is in any way capable of filling Cabaye’s boots needs to give themselves a shake.
Siem de Jong was touted as a replacement for Cabaye, albeit as a different type of player.
No reason why the two of them couldn’t play in the same team and that looks a very enticing proposition from where I’m sitting, if te Dutchman can ever stay fit…
Yohan Cabaye wouldn’t be good business for Mike Ashley and Newcastle United, he would be GREAT business.