Where will Cabaye fit in?

Where will Cabaye play?

Where will Cabaye play?
With Yohan Cabaye’s move from Lille all but done (just waiting for the international transfer market to open) I thought I’d take a look at just where the French international could fit into our team.

With Joey Barton not looking like signing a new contract any time soon it looks like he will be off. I don’t think it will be this summer, but I do believe that he’ll be gone when his contract runs out at the end of next season. I don’t think there will be any u-turns on that front.

So that leaves us with Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton, Cheik Tiote, Dan Gosling and now Yohan Cabaye competing for two positions – I’m not going to include Danny Guthrie or Alan Smith because I think they will either be sold or not considered to be starting XI players.

With Alan Pardew saying previously that he plans to play Hatem Ben Arfa in a more central role I think a either 4-4-1-1 or 4-2-3-1 formation is on the cards. Say it was the latter I think we could see something a long the lines of;

Cabaye and Tiote as the two, Ben Arfa and Gervinho/N’Zogbia (example) as the centre attacking midfielders with Kevin Nolan off a striker – which in my opinion would be fantastic!

Now I know Cabaye isn’t a holding midfielder but I think he will play a sort of Carrick role and pass it around neatly but will also have a bit more freedom and will be allowed to get forward at times.

I have to say that with Cabaye in the side and potentially more to come we have one of the best midfields outside the top five or six, although down the years midfield has always been one of stronger points, apart from last season when we played Leicester away and we had Butt and Smith in the middle. It still gives me nightmares now!

But that is all in the past thankfully! With Cabaye and more players still to come we are starting to build a decent little team. Hopefully all of that scouting will pay off and all of our signings, whoever they may end up being, will be able to hit the ground running at the start of next season.

It’s Alan Pardew’s chance to start shaping the team in his own image. The success if his signings will depend on many things, but it will be interesting to see just what he has planned for the likes of Cabaye.

Where do you see Cabaye fitting in?

192 thoughts on “Where will Cabaye fit in?

  1. yes he is jobey, find your own fecking topic, if you want ill make somthing up for you and put it on twitter 😉 😆


  2. I remember that 😆
    That was when i was working my way though the ranks 😉 😆


  3. Go for it Jobey, reporting speculation isn’t my strong point, I don’t really buy into it all, lol


  4. To be fair though, that Jamie Dalton seems to be quite reliable, although he tends to just report the French press


  5. Actually, fock that. Jamie Dalton doesn’t rate him, there’s fock all about him on Wiki or other places. He has long hair that’s the extent of my knowledge, i’ll find another topic 😆 😆


  6. ice,

    I reckon we need cover for right back, but would prefer someone who is going to challenge Simmo for his spot or someone better than him. This guy seems poor compared to Simpson and I don’t think it would be money well spent if it’s true.




  8. Munich – send it through again. I deleted it instead of opening it 🙄 😆

    Dead technical me 😉


  9. my raylor one was pure class 😆
    and i was telling everyone theres a new thread up, not that im gunna write one 😉 😆


  10. Ice…..got my mam n dad owa for week so reading quickly but nae time to comment……..I’m sure you’ll all manage without my pish for a week……………just make sure you all give jobey a hard time 😉 😆


  11. Rich – You know you could borrow some hair from Jobey? That lad is a Loreal advert with his long wavey puffy locks 😆


  12. i heard he puts curlers in like,uses canny bit of hair spray too,dave telt me,heard it off batty 😕


  13. Toonsy/Dave….. 😆 😆

    Dave…cheers knew I could rely on yous 😉

    Jobey…don’t take it to heart, it’s only cos “you’re worth it” 😉

    Reet bait n beer 😀


  14. 187: 😆 😆 😆
    Aye, i got my haircut last week, if i knew you needed it i’d have bagged it up and sent it you like.. 😀


  15. Just 1 question , why has everyone got it in for Guthrie ? the lad has never yet had a long run in the side in his natural positon CM .


  16. Just watch the prem league merry go round start. Dirty Harry will start the ball rolling. 5 top strikers to change clubs. Defore, crouch, Anelka, sturridge and drogba. Roman is bank rolling Chelsea new front line up.


  17. Krul

    Simpson Colo Taylor Enrique

    Cabaye Tiote

    Gervinho Nolan Ben arfa


    4-2-3-1 would work great! im not certain on Krul, i think he could be a great keeper but sometimes likes to drift off his line, Forster was supposed to be amazing for celtic so maybe give him a chance? I think we need a RB, sorry but i just dont rate simpson, hes always out of position. If enrique leaves then go in for izzaguire. if nolan leaves then pull ben arfa into the CF role and maybe nzogbia on the left wing? would be deadly at going forward! or even podolski down the left!


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