I like to think I know what makes most NUFC fans tick. Sometimes I do question it but overall we want to see just a couple of things from our players.
Those things are effort, 100% effort, and commitment to the cause.
Over the years we’ve had some dross on our books, but even the worst players will get the backing of the fans if they show that they are willing to give 100% for us.
Which is why whatever is going on right now with Yohan Cabaye is only going to end in one way, and that is with the player leaving the club come the end of the transfer window. Well obviously I don’t know for sure what will happen, but I’d be very surprised if Cabaye was a Newcastle player come the morning of September 3rd.
If he does end up staying with us then he’ll have a long road back with some fans who are all too quick to believe what has been put in the press. This strike business is something I’m wary of as there are conflicting reports all over the place and despite a load of misleading headlines popping up all over the place, I’ve not actually seen one solid quote that suggests that this is the case.
However it is clear that something is up. Whether or not it is true that Cabaye’s not been playing because he doesn’t feel mentally prepared, it is clear as day that there is a motive for him either not wanting to play or, dare I say it, being stopped from playing for Newcastle.
When I saw that Cabaye had been left out for the Manchester City game, and that Arsenal had bid for him, the very first thing I said to my Dad was that he was being left out to avoid an injury that would scupper the deal. I think I even said that’s the last we’d seen of him. I could be wrong, I’ve been wrong before, but I can’t see Newcastle turning down the money they want if it gets offered.
I’m past the point of getting attached to players these days. I know the deal and deep down so do most, and that deal is that we buy to sell on for more money. If Cabaye goes it will be a loss because I think he is a player that should be starting every game, but I also know that he is replaceable no matter how many people decide to riot after his sale.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is not to believe everything you read. It could all be true or it could be a little bit of a bend to said truth. After all, something like thins is a welcome distraction for a club who are seemingly struggling to buy players isn’t it? And leaking things to the press isn’t exactly a new thing to the powers that be at United….
Some food for thought perhaps…