Cabaye’s ban – a blessing in disguise?

A blessing in disguise for Cabaye?
With Yohan Cabaye having done enough in the first half of the season to prove his worth, suggesting that being without the France international for three games could be a good thing might sound a tad odd.

Ever since the dreaded African Cup of Nations began, we’ve been discussing the so-called ‘spine’ of our team and the players that it consists of. Cheik Tiote and Demba Ba are two of the first names on the team sheet. Without them the spine has looked, at times, a little… boneless?

Joking aside, we’ve missed the pair of them, and – while the lads that have been tasked with temporarily filling their boots have done all they’re capable of – we’ll all be delighted to have Demba and, eventually, Cheik back in the side. Those two, along with the outstanding Tim Krul and captain Fabricio Coloccini are, for me, the four players that make up our spine.

I believe a fifth player ought to be added to that list, however. Together, Cabaye and Tiote make one world class player. Fortunately for us, there is room enough for both of them in the middle of the park. For me, Yohan compliments Cheik perfectly, and is just as much a part of our spine as the other four players I’ve mentioned.

That said, Cabaye has been (by the standards he himself has set with some fine performances in his first season in English football) off the pace these past few weeks. He has been carrying a knock, that much is certain. The fact that he was willing to shake it off and play in the Fulham game speaks volumes – the bloke is a class act, as committed as he is talented.

Seeing us dumped out of the FA Cup was disappointing after once again hearing of Alan Pardew’s love for the competition, but it was unsurprising. I watched the game with six mates (one of whom is a Middlesboro fan, but we were united in a mutual hatred of the Mackems that weekend) and each one of us at one stage or another complained that Cabaye was getting no protection from the referee.

He was battered throughout, and it was easy to see that his lashing out at El-Abd was born out of frustration – not only at the score line, but at his lack of influence on the game. He simply couldn’t grab the game by the scruff of the neck as he would have liked, as we know he is capable of.

I think this little rest will do Yohan (and subsequently the team) a world of good. He will be able to keep his training light and get back to full fitness for the last 12 games, by which time his other half with be back from Africa.

If the spine breaks again during the run in we could easily tail off, though I have a gut feeling the lads will stand tall and see us over the finish line.

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79 thoughts on “Cabaye’s ban – a blessing in disguise?

  1. could do with cabaye especially against villa and at spurs it will be very tuff without him putting his foot on the ball . need benny playing and having a focal point up front, ba and cisse just the job, shola is too static


  2. Losing Cabaye isn’t ideal but it does give the back up players a chance to stand tall and show what they are capable of, whilst also giving Cabaye a rest as he is one hell of a grafter.

    Hopefully, the back up players that come in can show us all that we aren’t as threadbare as we thought we were and also it keep those players happy because they know they are part of the plans.

    Cabaye is a very very important player for us and him and Tiote are the pistons in our engine.

    If Cabaye and Tiote were 2 mice running up a clock, the clock would always tick tock..

    I haven’t a clue why I said the last bit like but I am nuts so that’s probably why. 😀


  3. Does anyone know when Marv is due back from injury?

    I think this carry on with Terry will cause unrest in Chelsea for the rest of the season and could really effect their run in. If Van Poodle gets injured for the Gooners that’s their season over.

    That would leave Liverpool, who, with Suarez on his way back may well fancy themselves for 4th spot aswell.

    I honestly think, with the players we have to come back into the team like Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, Tiote and Marv – we have a really chance at that 4th spot, I just hope the players believe it.


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