Rafa Benitez has picked out the biggest threat to Newcastle today.
The United boss describing Yohan Cabaye as ‘dangerous’, with the ability to act as playmaker and on set-pieces.
Two areas that Newcastle have failed on pretty much all season…
It took two years for Newcastle United to seriously try and replace Cabaye and after a promising start to his career at St James Park, Jonjo Shelvey has recently found himself sitting on the bench.
Welcoming Alan Pardew back to Newcastle for the first time since he walked out on the club mid-season in December 2014, Rafa Benitez says that Pardew ‘did well here at the beginning’ although…’afterwards things didn’t go so well’.
The new Newcastle boss has three games to try and save Premier League status and probably decide whether he is still managing United next season.
Rafa is counting on the fans making a difference this afternoon and believes they will be fully focused on backing the players rather than giving Pardeww abuse (most of the time…).
“Every manager is different.
“When I was at Liverpool we won the Champions League and a lot of trophies.
“Alan Pardew did well here at the beginning. I remember him finishing fifth with Newcastle so I know he is a good manager.
“Afterwards things didn’t go so well…but he is doing a good job at Crystal Palace.
“I hope and I’m sure, the (Newcastle) fans will be concentrating on supporting the team. What makes the difference is the players on the pitch, not managers.
“Yohan Cabaye is a very good player, he has the quality to organise and play.
“He is dangerous when passing the ball, from set-pieces and crosses, so we have to make sure we keep an eye on him.”