Is it a waste of time trying keep Yohan Cabaye?

Cabaye has eyes on bigger things
Cabaye has eyes on bigger things
In terms of transfer news, the last few months have been pretty sweet. That is the security that the closing of a transfer window brings.

Right up until the last moments I was waiting for one of our players to go, and the smart money looked to be on Yohan Cabaye making a move elsewhere.

However he didn’t. He stayed and regardless of what has gone on he is back in the team and has been performing well. The only issue is, with another transfer window fast approaching, all of the stories and speculation will once again resurface. In fact they already have and once again it is Yohan Cabaye who is at the forefront of them.

For instance take these quotes from a radio interview in France:

“I miss the Champions League. I’ll finish this season with Newcastle and concentrate on the coming months and then we’ll see.”

Now he’s not exactly saying he’ll be off in fairness but even so it’s not great news. Clearly he has eyes on bigger things and although I doubt he, or many players who are looking to get into World Cup squads, would be looking to move into a new team and new surroundings a few months before squads are drawn up for the summer, a good World Cup would most certainly put him in the shop window.

I’m not getting too down about Yohan Cabaye. I think he’s a great player on his day but I also think in Vurnon Anita we have a player who is capable of replacing him in the side. I just wonder if the hassle and destabilising effect is worth it?

We’ve won three on the bounce so I feel a bit out of place having a moan about things, but then again three wins only papers over fundamental cracks that are still evident at United. The reality is that all players are for sale so don’t get too attached to them.

In terms of Cabaye, I think we’re peeing against the proverbial wind. We’re being used as a stepping stone which I’m annoyed about but I can also understand. If the ambition of a player can’t be matched here then why should they stick around in what is such a short career? What annoys me more though is that this also seems to fit with the blueprint of the club which makes it all a waste of time trying to keep hold of Cabaye.

Or anyone really…

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310 thoughts on “Is it a waste of time trying keep Yohan Cabaye?

  1. Shola Ameobi: World Cup Golden Boot 2014.
    You heard it here first.
    Shola would have buried that sitter that Yakubu missed a few years back. Fact!


  2. Troy, Loving your optimism on Shola, but the truth is he has a dodgy hip and can’t last a match without aggravating it, so why would we build a team around him. Actually scrap that as I think your tongue is firmly in your cheek as you can’t be serious like. 😉


  3. Ok. I’m bored home tonight so thought I would end the Shola haters talk.
    Looking at his wikipedia we have:
    131 premierleague starts, 41 premierleague goals.
    I have ignored Championship and cup stats which I’m sure would improve his ratio even further.
    Cisse goes a few more starts without grabbing a goal and he’ll have a worse ratio than Shola ❗ ❗ 😯


  4. Kim, it’s strong stuff. Just wait until I get started on why past World Cup starlet Jonas is the best winger we have ever had 😯
    Maybe I should lie down.


  5. Dave
    That isn’t how you use stats, you have to only use the ones that specifically fit your agenda 😉


  6. Oh dear. 🙄

    Here we go again. You suggest something and it’s knocked down with one word replies instead of justifying it in evidence. 🙄

    @Steve P
    I have provided enough evidence to prove I’m right yet you choose to scoff without backing up your viewpoint. 🙄

    If you read my original original statement, I said he was pound for pound our best ever striker in the premier league. That doesn’t include pre -premier like SuperMac and Milburn. !!


  7. Why compare Shola with Cisse…why berate Shola ?

    Take each of Shola’s goals, add ten points for each goal (based on the Orgasmatron system), and see how many points he has accumulated… Champions League goals etc etc he’ll have accumulated a few points for sure.

    Cisse has 2 ten pointers from my recollection…a ten pointer away against Chelsea with that mental shot, and an 8 pointer after he went radged and ran into the Gallowgate End …

    Detract points for 1- getting the lip on, 2-causing controversy, 3- falling out with Demba Ba…

    All will be revealed, Sola appears above Cisse in the Orgasmatron points league in my opinion 🙂 .. for obvious reasons…

    p.s. Can I still love them both ? They have both brought so much pleasure to my time following the toon.

    Haven’t seen any plans for a Shola Ameobi Testimonial game coming up at the toon ? I’m sure there will be a full house at SJP once the club get round to honouring a Geordie Legend 🙂

    Howay the Lad, Shola Ameobi Makkem Slayer and new found Super Eagle. Look forward to watching him in Rio 🙂


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