Yohan Cabaye has been speaking to the press today about our upcoming game against Fulham.
Tomorrow’s fixture is a potential tough one for the Toon as in recent years the Cottagers have had the upper hand against us. Cabaye has been settling in to the team and his performances have so far shown that he is a player of a very high standard.
He has further demonstrated that he has a very level head on his shoulders which you can see by his interaction with the press. He has been speaking about how our start to the season will count for nothing unless the team are able to gain all the points from Fulham. Cabaye clearly knows that the fans want a win from this game.
“We need to win – if we do it will be good for the future. We have four points from two games, and we can have seven points,” Cabaye told The Chronicle.
Cabaye is clearly showing that he understands the mentality that the fans have when it comes to home games. We want to see the team grab a win from this game and I get the impression that Cabaye really understands the passion of the fans. Each time he speaks to the press he seems to air very wise words and he is really impressing me with what he says. It’s almost like he has been at the club for a number of years, he seems to have settled in really well.
His performance against Scunthorpe on Thursday night was an indication of why Newcastle signed him. He was dropping back to help the defence when the home side attacked and picked out the passes to help our team attack. What has really impressed with his play is the fact that he does the simple things with ease, passing the ball, making tackles and defending. After the game he commented:
“I was very tired, but the most important thing was to qualify for the next round. We won the game. It was a hard match, but we won. In the first half, it wasn’t good, but we started the second half much better.”
“It was very different to a French cup tie. Everything was different – the atmosphere was fantastic, and the difference between the Premier League and Third Division is not so great as it is in France. It was a good cup game, and the most important thing was that we won the game.”
That statement clearly indicates that the former Lille midfielder was aware of the team’s performance in the first half, and that in the second half they performed a lot better than they did in the first.
Yohan Cabaye has certainly been demonstrating that he understands that home games at St James’ Park are vital to having a very good season and, with the international break nearly upon us, that gaining three points from the Fulham game will leave us in a very good position for the run of games after the break.
Yohan is certainly becoming somewhat of a favourite amongst fans.