Yohan Cabaye has been talking about Newcastle’s chances of survival this season.
The midfielder now playing in the Arabian Gulf League but keeping an eye on things back in England.
Cabaye admits the weather has been difficult to get used to when playing/training with Al Nasr, having only previously played in the north of France and in England.
A little bit of nostalgia seeing Yohan Cayabe reminiscing about training in ‘coats and scarves’ when at Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez has previously said that he didn’t think there was a lot wrong with Newcastle’s approach to survival this season and that making sweeping changes could/would only lead to more unrest at the club, actually lowering the chances of wins coming the team’s way.
The win over Watford appearing to back that view up, fine margins going in Newcastle’s favour at last.
Cayabe agrees with Rafa’s point of view: ‘In this situation (Newcastle battling relegation) it is really important to work really hard and not to change everything. It is easy to say that doesn’t work so we are going to change everything. You need to keep the same mentality to work and give the player confidence.’
Hopefully Rafa’s experience and expertise will enable him to get the best out of this squad by holding his nerve.
Just like the one point from nine games run last season, Benitez has refused to panic so far this season.
In the absence of signing better players, the Newcastle boss clearly believes he knows what his best chance is with this group of players, with neither fans nor media changing his mind.
Yohan Cabaye talking to The Mail:
“In this situation (Newcastle battling relegation) it is really important to work really hard and not to change everything.
“It is easy to say that doesn’t work so we are going to change everything.
“You need to keep the same mentality to work and give the players confidence.
“You can be a good player with good quality but if you do not have confidence it can be difficult, really difficult.
“For sure they (Newcastle) have quality in the team, so for me I am confident the results will turn around.
“The weather was hard to deal with at the beginning (playing for Al Nasr) but I didn’t want to complain or use this as an excuse.
“For me I have always played in the north of France or England, so it has been different.
“I was happy to come here and play in warm weather but I didn’t expect it to be this warm.
“I have seen pictures of us training years ago in Newcastle and it is totally different – everyone had scarves and coats on!’
“But I am happy, we have found a place to live and as long as my family are happy then I am happy. It makes it much better having them here.’