Yohan Cabaye is settling in rather nicely at NUFC after joining from Lille in the summer for what now appears to be a bargain fee of around £4.5m.
Personally I had few doubts over the ability of the Frenchman and always believed that he would turn out to be an important player for us although I understood that for some fans they would need to see him in action before making such judgements.
Well nine games into the season and I think it’s fair to say that on the whole Cabaye is leaving a positive impression on the vast majority of fans, and impression that will have been boosted after he smashed home a superb winning goal against Wigan at the weekend. It was his first goal for the club although the talented Frenchman admitted that it wasn’t one of his best.
“It was not my best goal but it is in the top five. It was a good goal, and I like to shoot like this, so I am very happy,” Cabaye told the Chronicle.
“After I scored, the crowd and the players celebrated. It was amazing. I am always very happy – it is my first goal and it was a winning goal.”
That goal will hopefully set the standard for Cabaye on Tyneside. At times he has been subdued although it’s worth pointing out that a lot of the time now, especially against the so called weaker teams, we are outnumbered in the middle as the opposition look to stifle our central midfield. However we’ve also seen some fantastic performances from Cabaye, such as at Aston Villa,but most importantly, whether he’s played good or bad, every game has included effort and a willingness to work his socks off for the team.
It’s very early days for Cabaye, but I firmly believe he is Captain material for the future. It’s just his ethic and the things that he says that makes me think like that. Obviously the ideal scenario is for Coloccini to sign on for the long term, but should the unthinkable happen I believe Cabaye has the attributes needed to take over. In fact the one thing I think he lacks is time served in the North East, but that will come with, erm, time?! That is something that Cabaye seems happy enough to give as he told the Chronicle:
“My move here has been a dream and I do not want the dream to finish! I will give everything for Newcastle. It is my mentality – I want to work hard and be strong on the pitch. I am happy to be here and everything is very, very good.”
Anther thing that Cabaye seems to have is respect from his peers in the dressing room. Quite often the other players comment about him and compliment him on various parts of his game. I like that. I like Cabaye, although not in that way. I am, after all, a married man. Sorry ladies!
More of the same from Cabaye? Yes please! This lad has the potential to be up there with our best foreign imports over the years as long as he keeps on doing what he is doing.