The influential French midfielder tried to push through a transfer to Arsenal this summer, but after a deal feel through will remain at St James’ Park.
The case of Yohan Cabaye and Newcastle United is a tricky one for the club, Alan Pardew and the team’s dedicated supporters. After a summer bid from Arsenal was rejected by the North East side, the France international midfielder made his desire to leave St James’ Park clear. Now that the transfer window has closed, Cabaye has made his bed and the club’s fans could well make lying in it fairly uncomfortable.
Due to Arsenal’s interest and the player’s motivation to move, the playmaker was omitted from Newcastle’s matchday squads for the first two games of the season. A return off the bench in the 1-0 win over Fulham was greeted by jeers from sections of the home faithful and it now remains to be seen whether Cabaye can regain his former prestige with the St James’ Park fans.
Alan Pardew has admitted that negotiations will take place over the next week to resolve the situation.
"It was important to get him out there on Saturday, it will make it easier to move on although there is a lot of talking to be done between now and Aston Villa," Pardew told reporters.
"We will speak with Yohan and with his representatives to make sure that we go forward hand-in-hand."
Pardew’s comments indicate that he is willing to forgive and forget, despite Cabaye’s behaviour being less than respectful to the club. The hard fact of the matter is that Newcastle need Cabaye after a fruitless summer in the transfer window. The former Lille midfielder is an integral part of the side’s passing game, provides energy and combativeness in the centre of the park and is something of a talisman for the team.
The player will now be forced to eat humble pie after his attempts to faction a move away from the club failed. With the World Cup less than 12 months away, Cabaye has been left out of the most-recent France squad, and as such the midfielder has a point to prove.
The reality is that despite some unsavoury behaviour over the last month from Cabaye as other teams courted the player, he needs Newcastle just as much as they need him. He needs to be at his best to book a place on Les Bleus’ plane to Brazil and if his points of contention are not sorted, he will miss out.
Newcastle, despite being rightly aggrieved by Cabaye’s conduct, will have to concede that they have a stronger team with the Frenchman in it than not. An uneasy partnership it may well be, but each party is seemingly reliant on the other to achieve their objectives this season.
It is a tricky one for the fans. They obviously want to see the team do as well as they can, and Cabaye has the ability to improve the side on the pitch. The Geordie faithful are some of the most passionate fans in England however, and one of the side’s prominent players lacking dedication to the cause will irk them.
Newcastle fans – will you welcome back Cabaye or give him a piece of your mind?
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