We’ve all been there. We’re in a long-term relationship, it’s safe, it’s comfortable but it’s a little bit boring. You strike up a friendship with a female/male (no gender bias here folks) friend or work colleague. S/he’s flirting a little, you’re flirting back, and all of a sudden you find yourself in the throes of a passionate embrace. Perhaps, you think to yourself, I can upgrade to a better model. Maybe I am destined for better. Maybe I should ditch the long term comfort and security of my long-term relationship and see what is out there. Then all of a sudden the transfer window slams shut and you find yourself stuck at Newcastle United.
OK, OK, the analogy tailed off a little bit towards the end there, but that is the circumstance that Yohan Cabaye finds himself in following Arsenal’s supposed interest in the French International. The courtship ended with Cabaye supposedly refusing to play for Newcastle United in their first two league fixtures only then to find Arsenal’s interest in him waning as they made a big money move for Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. So Cabaye stays at Newcastle, left in a predicament with the fans following his purported ‘betrayal’ – a story lapped up by a vast number of fans – and now he faces a battle to win back the Geordie faithful.
But never fear Wor Yohan, for club legend David Ginola is on your side. Speaking to Sky Sports, the former left side supremo had this to say,
“He’s a great player – he’s done really good for the club,” “You have to put things in perspective. Sometimes you make a mistake and you have to be forgiven for that.”
“As soon as he steps back on the football pitch at St James’ Park, he will wear the zebra shirt and that will be it, he will be back on track.”
Yohan has been making strides getting back into Alan Pardew’s good books, with the Newcastle manager reported to being “very pleased with [his] reaction”. Now all that is left is for us, the fans, to stand behind Cabaye and show him our support. All together now, “Don’t sell Cabaye, Yohan Cabaye…” No? Just me?
What do you think? Should we forgive and forget that easily? Was the Cabaye situation simply a case of him refusing to play? Will he find his form again for Newcastle United? Let me know your thoughts.