Yohan Cabaye hasn’t been short of admirers during his career, the midfielder has attracted interest from other clubs pretty much since he became a Newcastle player. This summer the Frenchman has been linked with moves to Manchester United, PSG and most recently Monaco.
Yohan had an excellent debut season in England season before last. A lot of fans were amazed that we managed to attract the play maker and get him to Tyneside. Especially as Newcastle activated a clause in the Frenchman’s contract and got him over the line for a bargain £4.3 million from Lille. Not bad for a full French international with undoubted talent. Cabaye demonstrated excellent ability to pick out a clever pinpoint ball, very hard working, someone that always wants the ball and can grab you a goal too.
Yohan had always spoke of how he was content at the club and happy with life in the North East. However the player has said some rather questionable things in recent interviews regarding his future at the club. He was quoted as saying he’s ‘always liked’ Manchester United and that it would be an ‘interesting challenge’ to play for David Moyes’ side. The interviews could of been taken out of context, I don’t think Yohan was necessarily stating he wanted to leave Newcastle. Although I hardly think he was prepared to commit his future to the club either.
New Director of Football Joe Kinnear(a name I’m having to type a lot at the moment) made any potential plans of a summer departure redundant by announcing that Cabaye simple isn’t for sale. Sadly whilst Joe may realize Yohan’s importance to the club he seems unable to pronounce the midfielder’s name. During an interview with Talk Sport Kinnear referred to Cabaye as ‘Kebab’- something that has reportedly left the player furious.
This of course isn’t the first time that Joe has upset a player by mispronouncing their name. During Kinnear’s disastrous spell as manager in 2008 he referred to Charles N’Zogbia as ‘Insomnia’ during a televised interview. Charles was disgusted and refused to play for the 66 year old again, N’Zogbia was later sold to Wigan in a deal that saw Ryan Taylor come the other way.
I can understand the frustration from the players, for me it shows a total lack of professionalism and respect. I’m a manager at my work and despite having 40 odd staff working for me I wouldn’t dream of not taking the time to learn their names. It’s ridiculous in truth. Joe also struggled to get Ben Arfa’s name correct in the same Talk Sport interview, calling him ‘Ben Arfra’. Also having worked with Shola in his previous spell it’s amazing that Joe managed to to get confused pronouncing the Ameobi name whilst talking about Sammy.
Alan Pardew is said to be concerned that Kinnear’s comical interview slurs may cause his big players to seek moves away from the club. The Daily Mail are reporting that the Newcastle manager is worried that he may struggle to keep hold of the stars as a result. It could be that this could be used as an excuse for players to engineer a move away from Newcastle. With Cabaye’s future already in doubt, could he play the disrespect card to get his transfer?
Yohan suffered a difficult second season at Newcastle if truth be told, he had a couple of injury problems and struggled with form at times. One thing that did come under scrutiny was the Frenchman’s set pieces last season, with Newcastle failing to score from a corner the final ball just wasn’t good enough at all. Cabaye was on corner duty last season and his delivery was beyond poor at times. I also remember reading somewhere that Cabs was frustrated as he felt he was being marked out of a lot of games by the opposition.
It wasn’t all bad for the former Lille man last season, he had the honor of wearing the captain’s armband on a number of occasions in the absence of club captain Fabricio Coloccini. Yohan did in fact speak of his pride at being handed the armband and seemed very humbled and honored to be leading the lads out. The 27 year old also scored one of my favorite goals last season, I really enjoyed his screamer at Villa Park. I was in the away end that evening and that whole night was one of the better memories I have of the season, the atmosphere was superb. One of those nights that you are really proud of the team and the excellent supporters who are stood around you.
I certainly hope that Yohan wouldn’t have the immaturity to use the Kinnear slur as an excuse to want to leave Newcastle United. I really think if he does want to be gone he would have made that decision a while back, probably around the time he was giving those cryptic interviews. I just don’t feel that the interview will have any impact on what happens, I do think he will go sadly but I think it will be for footballing reasons. Another day another story, another rumor. It could potentially be a long summer and judging by this week alone the press will enjoy printing their stories. Whether they are fact or fiction is another debate.
KRUEL, DEBOCHY, COLACINNO, MBABY, SANTOS, TIOTA, SISSOKA, KEBAB, DEN ARFRA, JOANA, SISSY. Wonder if that will be our team against city 😐