Yohan Cabaye – No Play, No Pay?
The problem with our tormented Frenchman is what to do with him on Monday night when the transfer window slams shut AND dealing with the consequences of him going (or staying).
On the one hand, he goes. The club (Sorry- Mike Ashley) pockets a tidy profit from a £15m+ fee, leaving us with little or no time to improve a midfield that is already boring and non-creative.
On the other hand, he stays and we have someone who quite simply doesn’t want to be here, making his selection impossible. If he plays against Fulham on Saturday the reaction of the crowd will be as interesting as the reaction from the player.
This adds to the already outstanding problem of finding a striker to fire the midfield’s bullets. The fact that we still need to improve the same defence that shipped goals to an alarming degree last season seems to have been put on the back burner a long time ago. The whole idea of improving the squad and building one of them team thingies that can get us through a season and compete season after season, has been lost on this owner. Fast bucks and huge profits are the order of the day here.
The legal embezzlement of £35m Andy Carroll money from Liverpool and the mega-profits profits from TV revenue also look to be absorbed into Mr Ashley’s bank account. Not bad if you can get £XXm every few seasons without spending a farthing.
So what was the point of all this? Ah, yes – That lazy, workshy, turncoat of a Frenchman, Yohan Cabaye, and what to do with him.
Personal opinion is:
1. He isn’t the player of 2011/12.
2. Has his head stuck so far up his own derriere he can only see the red and white of an Arsenal shirt.
3. Has downed tools and gone on strike (While being paid £40k+ a week)
4. Has come so frustrated with the clubs recruitment policy and wants out.
5. Wants to play for the national side above the club that pays his wages (Heard that one before)
Points 1 and 2 are valid reasons to move ANY player on.
Point 5 is a common trait which is hard to get over these days and must be managed accordingly. (Note – Sir Alex Ferguson would have!!)
Point 4 is an understandable one but we supporters have no such choice.
However point 3 is quite frankly unforgivable. If I refused to go to work, I’m sure a quick P45 would be heading my way. The only result that is obvious to all concerned is a fine for however many matches our Frenchman has missed (3 weeks wages) and a transfer to another club. My choice would be anywhere but a Premier League one.
Sadly, once again, through a combination of clueless management and now (another) devious Frenchman, the hopes and dreams of Newcastle fans seem to have been chucked to where the four winds blow.
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