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The Truth About Yohan Cabaye

8 years ago

Hours after the window slammed shut and like me you probably have conflicting emotions, the two dominant ones for me are despair with the stupidity of not buying a single player all summer, this is mingled though with relief of not having to put up with the daily nonsense/disinformation from Ashley via Alan Pardew.

The one name that dominated from a selling perspective was of course Yohan Cabaye, things coming to a head at the Manchester City match with the midfielder’s non-appearance and subsequent chaos that followed.

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With no fine for Cabaye for his non-appearance in the following two matches, the player going on strike was far too simple a conclusion.

I believe that there was interest from Arsenal but Mike Ashley was happy to drive the deal and try to sell Cabaye to then buy one or two players with part of the money, to give some semblance of Newcastle as a normal club. On the player’s side, a bit like Andy Carroll, I don’t believe Cabaye was the driving force in the deal but I don’t think he would have been averse to moving to a more ambitious club on more money.

While I’m not going to jump on the ridiculous bandwagon of now claiming Yohan Cabaye isn’t all that, the reality is that he had a really poor last season with off the field problems hanging over him as well.

There was never a hope in hell of any team shelling out what Ashley would want, whether it be PSG, Arsenal or whoever.

The truth of the matter is surely that on a good day Yohan is a match for any midfielder those two clubs have, he isn’t though an improvement as say Ozil clearly will be for the Gunners.

No club was going to pay Ashley’s top dollar for a player who wouldn’t have been an automatic first choice and Ashley made Alan Pardew look an even bigger fool unfortunately, with his insistence that the manager had to keep announcing that Cabaye was up for sale, under the guise of hoping he could keep such a world class player.

The reality is that Yohan Cabaye is not world class. What he is though is a very good player when on form, a player that is vital to Newcastle if we are to have a successful season, though what will be deemed as ‘successful’ this season will be different for each fan due to our current predicament.

Now that we’ve got the boos out of the way at the Fulham match, surely the time is to put that all to one side for the time being, because with goons like Ashley and Kinnear running the club into the ground, if players and fans can’t at least stick together then we have absolutely no chance of avoiding disaster.


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