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Yohan Cabaye – No Competition?

8 years ago

Yohan Cabaye was destined to be my new favourite player from the second he walked up Barrack Road to sign for us.

I’m always drawn to creators and set-piece takers (previous favourites include Laurent Robert, Nobby Solano and Emre…) but in the last year or so my opinion of him has nosedived.

Much like Charlie Adam during Blackpool’s only season in the Premiership, he seems to place a whole lot of the burden of the team onto his own shoulders, dropping deep for the ball then attempting the killer pass from a ridiculously defensive position.

The Cabaye I came to love played for France at the Euros, lurking around the 18 yard box when not in possession and scoring goals/firing in long range shots. That player left us some time ago despite a short renaissance in January and clearly fancies pastures new, or fancies being part of a team that he can play his game for.

My (horrible) thoughts on the whole Cabaye situation: arsenal bid £10m which is “rebuffed” and “derisory”. We know Arsenal are not liable to make silly signings for silly money and would suggest they value Yohan no higher than the £10m they have bid.

Are Newcastle now reliant on moneybags PSG upping the ante?

Everyone in the world now knows he’s up for sale and that puts Newcastle in a terrible bargaining position and unlike Bale or Rooney, Cabaye does not have the pedigree to command a truly massive fee or be a true marquee signing.

I fear that we will lose him for £10m/£11m on deadline day, as Arsenal know we want him away and the late timing of the bid makes it almost ‘impossible’ to turn down.

£10m is really not a sum significant enough to justify ‘capital outlay’ in any significant terms and after a summer of quibbling over the smallest fractions of transfer sums, I can see us going as we are.

No Cabaye, no competition for places, no game-changing substitutes, no hope.


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