You couldn’t have written a better (worse??) script, Alan Pardew and Yohan Cabaye reunited at another club and months later they are in the FA Cup final.
Last summer Newcastle fans were lectured on how daft it would be to pay £10m for a player like Yohan Cabaye who would turn 30 in January 2016.
Instead Mike Ashley insisted on the same Newcastle transfer policy, going down the usual clever route of investing an even bigger fee on Florian Thauvin (turned 23 in January 2016) as he would/could be worth more in the future.
One transfer looks to have played a key part in relegating one of the clubs, whilst the other has arguably been the central factor in the other club’s almost certain survival helped put them into the FA Cup final.
Yohan Cabaye has played in all but four of Crystal Palace’s 35 Premier League matches, scoring five goals and pulling the strings in midfield, whilst he has also started in all five of their FA Cup matches, which have now taken the club all the way to the final.
You just couldn’t make it up…and all under the smug guidance of Alan Pardew.
Yohan Cabaye says ‘The FA Cup is magic’…’iconic’…and ‘I know how important the FA Cup is, I’ve been watching it since I was young’.
When he moved to Newcastle United I suppose Yohan Cabaye must have been thrilled to be able to watch the FA Cup from even closer quarters – playing in a two match cup run (whoopeee!) in his first season but then left out as Alan Pardew happily went along with the Mike Ashley policy of getting out of the cups as quick as possible.
Just what kind of club must Yohan Cabaye have thought he’d landed at?
He’d won the French Cup whilst at Lille (2010), then after leaving Newcastle he immediately picked up another three winning medals: another in the French Cup and then two in the French League Cup as well.
So in the space of six years, Yohan Cabaye has won four domestic cups and now has another final to look forward to and another potential winner’s medal, yet in the middle of all this he spent two and a half years at a club where there was a stated club policy of not trying in the cups, due to the possible damage it could do to the chances of surviving in the Premier League.
What a soulless club we all support under Mike Ashley.
For Newcastle to be in the position they are and Alan Pardew & Yohan Cabaye visiting only six days after reaching the FA Cup final, it is surely just a sick joke.
To add an extra layer of mentalness to the whole thing, the money that could have been spent on Yohan Cabaye was instead ‘invested’ in Florian Thauvin and on loan, he has scored the goal to put Marseille into the French Cup final.
All of this leaving Newcastle United supporters wondering, why is it so hard for our club to reach a cup final…or at least do the very best they can in trying?
A League Cup defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday reserves (they made 10 changes) in the League Cup, was then followed by one of three defeats to a very average Watford in the FA Cup, the same Watford who Pardew and Cabaye beat six days ago to get to the final in May!
In this interview after going through to the FA Cup final, Yohan Cabaye has told Palace fans that they are ‘probably’ the best in the country ‘alongside’ Newcastle supporters.
I don’t know about being the best but Newcastle fans are surely the most tortured fanbase in the country, with no escape form Mike Ashley, unlike Yohan Cabaye and Alan Pardew.
Yohan Cabaye talking to the official Crystal Palace website:
“The FA Cup is a fantastic trophy. It’s iconic, it’s held in such high esteem.
“The FA Cup is magic, it’s a great feeling …
“We did not have a good second part of the season in the Premier League but our cup run is good and we have reached the final. Everyone worked for it, not only the team on the pitch, but those who were not in the squad and the fans – we were all together to get to the final.
“I know how important the FA Cup is; I’ve been watching it since I was young.
“It’s not enough to just play in the final, you have to play with a winning mentality and do everything you can to get that trophy. I played before in the French final and I won some trophies but the FA Cup Final will be very special because it will be my first time here in England.
“It’s hard for me to say, but the final is just a game of football…what I mean is that we don’t have to change our mentality. I’ve had a chance to play a few finals and for my country as well and I can say that the most important thing is to play our football and stay focussed on the game.
“We have one game where we can put Man United under pressure by playing the right football to win it – we have the quality in the team, we just have to play our proper football, don’t be stressed and know it’s a final.
“The fans are unbelievable; all year and again today, so I knew before the game that their section was going to be loud and noisy – they’re fantastic.
“For me, alongside Newcastle, they’re probably the best in the country and we won for them as well today because they’ve supported us all season, even when we had a bad run in the league.
“It’s their moment as well so I hope the final will be good for them and to share that great feeling with them is going to be incredible.”