The latest Yohan Cabaye interview over in France has a few interesting angles for Newcastle fans.
The ex-NUFC playmaker has been talking about his move and the reasons for it to Le10 Sport.
Thanks as always for the invaluable contribution of our chief translator Pierre;
“I’m happy, very happy, I left Lille to join Newcastle to discover the Premier League which is the best league and then left Newcastle to come here, to come back to France and play for the best French team. I see it as a career progression and can’t wait to win titles.
“I play football to win and my objective is to win the Champions League, today I am here and why not achieve this objective as quickly as possible.
“To change a club in January is not ideal and already half the season has been played, the group is already organised with its various set moves. It is for definite that it is better for a player to come when you know the coach really wants you.
“For me I need to be in the midfield, constantly with the ball and constantly moving with 2 or 3 solutions in front of me for a telling pass.”
I don’t take any offence at his observations about ‘career progression’ and suchlike but I am interested in his last comment.
I just wonder how much more we could have got out of Cabaye if Pardew had played a more expansive game and Newcastle had recruited the one or two extra players in midfield and up front who could have helped take us to another level.
At Newcastle I can’t remember Cabaye having ‘2 or 3 solutions in front’ of him many times and when you think of United’s relative success this season, much of it was built on Cabaye picking out Remy with some lovely balls, imagine if we’d had extra quality options up front and in midfield with extra goal threat?
What might have been.
What does seem clear is that Alan Pardew’s claim that he has helped Cabaye become a better player by playing him in the number ten role doesn’t appear to hold much weight with the French midfielder.