Do/Don’t Sell Cabaye
Well, it’s silly season alright.
Four weeks have passed since we submitted to Arsenal and there are more tenuous transfer stories flying round Tyneside than there were free Bon Jovi tickets floating round Wearside (if JBJ wanted to play to a half-empty ground, he came to the right place).
Actually, I should clarify that: I care a lot about how we redress the squad this summer and have a steadfast belief that the addition of 3-5 quality, established first-teamers is essential, if we are to avoid another miserable debacle like the season just suffered.
I don’t have any high hopes for players coming in. Chances are as well that I won’t have heard of them, though some of them could very well be excellent players, as we have seen in obvious cases in recent years. Furthermore, for the most part, I barely care who’s going out.
Again, I should clarify. I have stated at length in the latest big, papery version of the Mag (buy it for your holidays!) that anyone involved in the abysmal showing against sunderland no longer holds any emotional connection for me. They have let us down in the worst way they possibly could, and they can all pi** off.
This isn’t wholly true. Tim Krul is a fine goalie and was barely at fault for the one goal conceded before he exited the field that day through injury; his retention would be welcome. Similarly, I can’t say honestly I’d be happy if Hatem Ben Arfa left as he is magnificent to watch, and only came off the bench v the mackems anyway.
However, I have previously stated that HBA is not on the field often enough to make it count, and for that reason I would accept his moving on to another sick bay, IF adequate replacements were sought. Unfortunately, he is not an isolated case in this.
I reckon that only 2 members of our first choice squad made it through last season without a considerable break for injury: Papiss Cisse and Jonas Gutierrez. Both of them have, however, proved disappointments in other ways, with Cisse’s profligacy in front of goal often proving costly and Jonas’ hard work proving no substitute for some poor midfield shifts. Both at least score points for integrity.
However, if anyone expects me to worry that Yohan Cabaye may/may not have signed for Monaco they clearly missed a huge part of the season, although probably not as large as Yo Cabs himself. I understand that here is a quality player we are lucky to have, but have when? Once a month when he hits a) fitness and b) form? My only concern on this is that Ashley might bank the (considerable) fee and leave us short. I hope that lessons have been learned on this by now.
My big worry is that the board may still be living in this stupid cloud where they can invest in never-will-bes in their early twenties and Alan will do the rest. I am still annoyed with Pardew and his tactics/substitutions/excuses but I’ll come to him another time.
What NUFC need is a good sized squad of adequate talent, coached properly and appropriately committed. If this can be achieved without any gutless wonder involved in the shameful events against the mackems and scousers, then it may just be the best way forward.
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