Alan Pardew – Don’t Boo Cabaye, Yohan Cabaye
It looks as though belatedly, Newcastle fans will get their first glimpse of Yohan Cabaye in a competitive game this season, as Alan Pardew has said that the French midfielder player will take the field against Fulham…unless he is sold.
The fact that a bid from Arsenal appears to have been made, is not out of the ordinary, after all this is the transfer window and lots of players have been the subject of interest around the Premier League and shock horror, lots of players have actually joined new clubs. Though of course Newcastle have managed to stay well clear of this daft practice so far.
The thing that is different with Cabaye though is what has happened once the bid was received. Newcastle instantly dismissed Arsenal’s offer as derisory but then for undisclosed reasons Cabaye has never been sighted on the pitch while a deal was sorted, or is looking increasingly likely, isn’t.
Anyway, ahead of the player’s potential return, this is what the manager has had to say;
“I expect Yohan Cabaye to play and I think he will be involved if Arsenal do not come back in for him.
I think it will be a positive reaction from the fans to see him back. The point is that it is not just Yohan who is involved in this, others are involved as well, such as his agents.
The bottom line is as I have said from day one, you get situations like this and you need to keep professional and let time run its course.”
I don’t know if ‘professional’ is quite the word you would put on Newcastle’s/Cabaye’s/whoever’s handling of the situation but I like the way that it always turned back on the fans.
I wouldn’t give Cabaye grief myself but after watching the rubbish so far when arguably your most creative player is having a kip instead, you can hardly blame fans for being aggrieved with the situation.
However, you only have to look at how Coloccini was treated by the fans after our captain tried to walk out halfway through a relegation season, to show what a forgiving lot we are.
If somebody slept with our husband/wife we’d probably shake their hand as they climbed out the window.
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