Newcastle United With And Without Yohan Cabaye – The Stats Don’t Lie
Should he stay or should he go?
A statistical analysis of Yohann Cabaye’s contribution since joining Newcastle.
To keep it simple, with Cabaye in the team, we got over a point and a half per game: without him, less than a point per game. Over a 38 game season, that would give us 58 points for a comfortable top 8 finish with Cabaye, or just under 36 points for a relegation place without him.
* substitute appearance in a 0-0 draw at Norwich
** substitute appearance in the 1-0 win against Fulham
Against Man City, West Ham and in the first half against Fulham we were devoid of midfield generalship and that shouldn’t be a surprise, because it’s exactly what happened last winter when Cabaye was out injured for ten games. We won 2 and lost 8 of them and dropped from 10th to 16th position. Even when he wasn’t playing well last season, we were winning or drawing as many games as we lost. None of the contenders for filling his boots has been remotely successful. Indeed, many of those midfield players who have looked like stars when playing alongside Cabaye, looked like donkeys without him.
To conclude, Cabaye must stay or be replaced like for like, else relegation looms.
I didn’t boo him when he came on in the Fulham game, but I didn’t applaud him either. I cannot easily forgive a player who puts himself before the club as it is a betrayal of trust, but I sincerely hope that he doesn’t leave.
If Cabaye remains at the club beyond Monday night, I’ll be expecting big things of him as he owes us all.
Mike Ashley would understand these ‘bottom line figures’, but I could do a series of doodles on beermats for JFK if required.
Ian (Gallowgate End season ticket holder)
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