French Revolution on Tyneside

by Ryan Holmes

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Newcastle United are a team that many predicted would be fighting for their Premier League lives this season after the sale of high profile players such as Carroll, Nolan and Barton.

After five games and it’s so far so good. Fourth in the table is a good way to answer the critics.

The opening performances have been accomplished if nothing and the French revolution on Tyneside is a contributing factor. The performance against Aston Villa could and probably should have produced a win, if it had not been for Newcastle hero of old Shay Given.

The Villa game did serve to highlight that the players brought in to replace those who left are just as capable of bringing Newcastle the success they crave.

Cutting the costs of running a football club is hard to do, especially when it comes to players wages without sacrificing talent. But Newcastle seem to have a knack of unearthing talent. Cheik Tiote, a £3.5 million capture from FC Twente and his centre midfield partner Yohann Cabaye are two of the stars of the season so far for the Magpies.

The fact that Cabaye cost just £4.8 million from Lille represents an impressive bit of business for Newcastle. The French ace seems to be able to pick a pass and has a natural ability of shooting from range – this is surely going to see him feature in a few goal of the month lists in the foreseeable future.

He fired inches wide in the opening minutes against Villa, hit the bar and almost secured victory on two occasions, but Given produced two amazing saves to deny him.

Alan Pardew is a fan. “There’s no mystery why he’s in the French national team,” said the Newcastle boss. “He has a gift of a pass – his vision is his real quality. He has that special intelligence. He showed that against Villa.”

Another Frenchman to impress on Tyneside is former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan, who also put in an inspired performance against Aston Villa. With Hatem Ben Arfa set for a return, the future looks bright for Pardew’s men. Sylvain Marveau and Mehdi Abeid are just two of the other men to watch.

The French revolution is in full flow at Newcastle and the bargain gems could just be the key to a successful season.

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  • Dexylongshot

    CAbeye looked in fine fettle at the weekend, i’ll be keeping a beady on him throughout the season. I had Newcastle down as bottom half material at the start of the season but they are very organised and look like improving on last seasons form, without Carroll, Barton & Nolan. Pards has to be commended for this.

  • Ben McAleer

    Was a contender for MOTM at the weekend, along with Given and Hutton, and him and Tiote have the potential to form a fantastic partnership in the middle.

    All Pardew needs to do now is bring in a better finisher than Best/Ba/Ameobi and Newcastle could be a good shout for a top 7 finish

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