Cabaye The Leader On And Off The Pitch
Maybe the most important factor isn’t that Newcastle already have a number of French players at the club but more the fact that in Yohan Cabaye you have a leader who sets the standard for when they arrive and makes sure the new arrivals know what is expected of them.
Speaking after last night’s uplifting win at Villa, Cabaye set out the blueprint for moving on, both on and off the pitch;
“Hopefully this is the start, the new players have helped give us spirit on the pitch.
We now have more competition for places each week and it is important to be doing the right things in training, in order to be in the starting eleven at the weekend.
It was an important game and an important win but it wasn’t easy.
We saw two sides of football but the win, for our minds, was very important.
The first half was good as we had great play between the lines and each side of the pitch, in the second half with N’Zogbia behind Benteke it was more difficult to deal with”.
On the integration of the new recruits;
“They’ve come to England and it is new to them but they start English lessons soon because they have to. It is important.
We have to respect English people by being able to talk to them and it is important for the group.
We will help them but they have to learn the language”
While Newcastle hit lucky with the likes of Ginola, Robert and Bernard. I know it is early days but the character of the French players we are signing seems a world away from the likes of Goma, Domi and N’Zogbia who never appeared to enjoy a single day they spent on Tyneside.
Yohan Cabaye clearly wants to be here and I have a feeling that his ever growing love for Newcastle could be infectious.
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