It has been at best a stuttering start to the season and a combination of participation in the Euros and minor knocks pre-season, meant that last year’s star performer, Yohan Cabaye has been a shadow of last season’s player so far.

Alan Pardew had this to say;

“You ask about some of my players not in form, Cisse and Cabaye have been playing almost 11 months. That is a lot of football. We have to rest them and get them back to form”.

In the case of Cabaye I believe that the international week has come along at just the right time as it will give him a chance to get right up to match fitness at France’s expense and benefit, starting with their match in Finland on Friday.

It should also be to Newcastle’s and Cabaye’s advantage that we have a rubbish Monday night kick-off at Goodison, so following France’s match at home to Belarus next Tuesday, Cabaye and the rest of the players on international duty should all be back for training on Thursday at the very latest – giving Alan Pardew three or four days to prepare them for what is bound to be a tough match.

Conversely, I also think that the fact Deschamps predictably left Hatem Ben Arfa out of the French squad, is also to Newcastle’s advantage.

Easily Newcastle’s best player so far, Ben Arfa has undoubtedly come back fit and most importantly seemingly in the perfect state of mind, something that is always possibly going to be adversely affected with the never ending in-fighting amongst the French squad, if he is selected in future.

We desperately need Newcastle’s two most creative players on song and this international week could well do no harm at all.