Newcastle United & Yohan Cabaye Falling Back In Love?
Alan Pardew has confirmed that Cabaye had been “punished” for his absence in Newcastle’s opening three games of the season against Manchester City, West Ham and Morecambe – what kind of punishment he has received exactly isn’t known, but it is said that he has accepted his received discipline, hopefully that will be the end of the Yohan Cabaye saga… for now at least.
That, coupled with his excellent performance in the win at Villa Park last Saturday which saw him receive a standing ovation from the Toon following, has left many of the Geordie faithful breathing a hefty sigh of relief. And with it came the hope that all things Cabaye-related are back to what they used to be.
It is without doubt that Cabaye is one of the top, top players at our current disposal, and in recent years our midfield has looked very questionable in the games he has missed. Although all Newcastle supporters would agree that the recent summer transfer window was… well, horrendous, it may now begin to appear safe to look back and observe the fact that Newcastle managing to hold onto Cabaye was actually a rather good piece of business, almost ‘like a new signing’ as I’m sure Mr. Pardew would add.
Since his absolute steal of a £4m transfer from Lille in 2011, Cabaye has indeed had some very special moments in a black-and-white shirt. Perhaps the fondest of which being his sensational free kick in the mauling of Manchester United, or his performance at home to Stoke City in the same season, which saw him score twice and assist the then free-scoring Papiss Cissé – with a through ball so exquisite it would have had the Xavis and Iniestas of world football salivating. While some may disagree, for me he was the one first-team player that carried his form into last season’s ultimately disappointing campaign (when he was fit that is), with some excellent displays and goals against the likes of Liverpool, Aston Villa and (again) Stoke City.
After making his apology to the fans, Cabaye stated that he wants to “give everything” for the team in every game he plays “from now until the end of the season.” The ending of that statement may sound somewhat alarming for us, but with the arrivals of Mesut Özil and Marouane Fellaini at Arsenal and Manchester United respectively (clubs who had both stated an interest in Cabaye), we may still have him around for a while yet.
That being said, whether or not he does or doesn’t go, at least he now seems aware that his job as a footballer for Newcastle United is to play and give his all in every match he is asked to, not sit sulking on the sidelines when another team tables an offer. A player like Yohan Cabaye could easily make it into the starting XI of most Champions League sides, and should he see a move that fits that category as right for him, we wish him all the best. For now though, let’s remain grateful he is still with us and that his head is finally screwed back on in the right place.
If his performance last weekend is anything to go by, he and his French colleagues could very well send Newcastle United back into the top 8 of the Premier League come the end of the season but I won’t get ahead of myself, eh?
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