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Alan Pardew Rehabilitates Yohan Cabaye

8 years ago
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Alan Pardew has developed a knack for the headline making soundbite.

After the win at Villa, Newcastle’s manager has claimed that Yohan Cabaye is Newcastle’s Wayne Rooney, not in terms of playing style but in the impact he has on the team.

Pardew claimed he substituted Cabaye with a couple of minutes left because he was ‘tired’ but in terms of rehabilitating the player in the eyes of the support, it did no harm in letting Cabaye have his own personal round of applause.

This is how Alan Pardew summed up Cabaye’s position;

“He (Cabaye) is just as important to us as Wayne Rooney is to Manchester United.

He is a player who I think carries the heartbeat of the team it is the rhythm of the game that he can dictate that wins Premier League matches. There are not that many players who can do that like he can. He did not do it like he can but he played a part. There were little moments that he produced and he will get better because he isn’t 100% yet.

I am not saying he was perfect in what he did (in the transfer window) but all I would say is that he has been perfect since that window shut, I can’t ask for more than that. It’s nice that the fans gave him a good reception when he went off and he will sleep better knowing that he has the backing of the manager, the team and a huge part of the fanbase.”

Yohan Cabaye’s role on Saturday is by far his most effective, allowed to press in the final third and try to get him on the ball high up the pitch, rather than the deep lying role the manager has often played him in, many times with Cheick Tiote in a more advanced role.

Of course it helps having the players available to complement Cabaye in that pressing role and with Sissoko & Anita covering him, plus Remy bringing extra quality and an ability to retain possession, it was game on and it showed in the performance and result.

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