There’s MUCH more to life than football – something we’re learning about the hard way this week – but it does feel odd heading into the weekend knowing we won’t see a ball kicked over the next 48 hours.
In fact, we won’t see any Premier League action until ‘at least’ April 30th as things stand, however nothing can stop us looking back on some of the great moments we’ve witnessed on Tyneside over the past few years.
Yesterday saw us pay tribute to current Mag Allan Saint-Maximin, but today we look back at fellow Frenchman Yohan Cabaye – and arguably his best strike during his two and a half years at St James’ Park.
Here’s his memorable free-kick in our 3-0 win over Man Utd in January 20102:
It was sad to see him leave the way he did, with him forcing a move to PSG two years on from this brilliant free-kick in front of the Gallowgate End, but what a player he was at his best.
He was a brilliant passer, had an eye for goal, was tenacious in the tackle and formed a brilliant partnership with the late, great Cheick Tiote – a pairing that played a key role in our stunning 5th place season in 2011/12.
Six years on from his exit, Cabaye has went from Paris to Crystal Palace, also spending 12 months in Dubai with Al-Nasr before returning to France with Saint-Étienne last summer.
The best midfielder we’ve had over the past decade? He’s certainly up there!