Yohan Cabaye Deal Is Worst Thing That Could Have Happened To Newcastle
On reflection, I think the Yohan Cabaye deal is the worst thing that could have possibly happened to Newcastle United under Mike Ashley.
The three best deals, in terms of value for money, in Cashley’s time at the club, are the ones for Cheick Tiote, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye.
In Ba’s case he is a star player and a class goalscorer. Brought in on a free due to a clause in his contract, Demba was a bargain but the problem with him from very early on, was that he was intent on becoming a bargain for his next club as fast as possible. Every transfer window approached with trepidation as we all awaited his £7m or so transfer clause to be triggered.
Yohan Cabaye was different. Although he too was snapped up on the cheap due to a clause in his contract meaning he left Lille for a bargain £4m, Cabaye looked set at Newcastle, possible future captain material and undisputed leader of the growing French presence.
What could possibly go wrong?
Well, for Mike Ashley nothing has, while the fans lost their best player, Cashley banked over £15m in profit on the playmaker.
However, the big problem I see is that the success of the Cabaye deal has totally distorted Mike Ashley’s expectations of the transfer market.
Rather than seeing the French midfielder deal as a one-off, I think Ashley can’t see beyond it, and is expecting Graham Carr to keep pulling Cabaye rabbits put of the hat.
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If every potential deal is going to be compared to the Yohan one, then what hope have we got?
The players that create and score goals will always carry a premium and that addition to the price is sure to go up and up.
That doesn’t mean you still can’t get value for money, after all, even though Alan Shearer cost a World record £15m at the time – he was still worth every single penny of that to Newcastle.
However, with Cashley knowing only the price of everything and the value of nothing, our stock type of signing will bargain basement deals such as workmanlike Jack Colback, or Spanish second division strikers.
No doubt Newcastle will sign a striker or two this summer, but whether they are the best options likely to score the goals we desperately need, is quite another thing.
Waiting for a few more Yohan Cabayes to come along isn’t a strategy for success, instead it dooms Newcastle to failure as the rest of the clubs who live in the real world will leave Newcastle well behind.
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