Cabaye is to Newcastle what Rooney is to Manchester United
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew heaped praise upon Yohan Cabaye after the Frenchman’s return to the team helped the Toons make a late surge on the Premier League table. After an abysmal start to the season, Cabaye made a huge impact in his side to help Newcastle enter the top half of the table.
Cabaye has become the cult-hero for Newcastle as of late. The 27-year-old midfielder received much praise from the travelling fans during a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday.
It appears as if Cabaye has earned back the trust of his fans, after rumors about his move to Arsenal. Pardew also believes that the fans are going towards a forgiving stance.
“It was nice that the fans gave him a good reception,” Pardew said. “He’ll sleep better knowing that he has the backing of the team, the manager and a huge part of the fan-base.
“He is just as important to us as Rooney is to Manchester United. He’s a player who carries the heartbeat and the rhythm of the team. And it’s the rhythm of the game that he can dictate, that wins Premier League games.
“There aren't that many players than can do that. He played a part. There were little moments but he’ll get better because he isn’t 100 per cent yet.
“Listen, I think we all know in the modern world that if someone comes along and offers you substantially more money or whatever to join another organisation, it can turn your head. And it did turn his head.
“I’m not saying he was perfect in what he did but he has been perfect since the window shut and I can’t ask for more than that.”
Having grabbed their second successive win, Newcastle looked bright as they took on Aston Villa. A lot of criticism has been directed towards Pardew for his mismanagement of transfer affairs during the summer, but it appears as if the fans are starting to trust in him as well.
The on-loan forward Loic Remy made an impressive start to his Newcastle career. Meanwhile, Hatem Ben Arfa scored his second successive goal with Yoan Gouffran bringing the second one in the night to the table.
“All I would say is that Loic was a significant signing because we wanted him in the winter of last year and didn’t get him,” Pardew added. “He’s a player we know very, very well. So we know exactly what he’s about and it’s easy to integrate him.
“Attacking effectiveness is the part of our game that has been lacking since Christmas but we really looked like we’ve got goals in us here, and that’s a really nice feeling. If we can be this solid and disciplined, we’re always going to have a chance to win games because we’ve got Hatem, Loic and people like that on the pitch.
“Hatem was sublime...just holding up the ball, holding off defenders, bursting and little moments and things (Luis) Suarez would have been proud of. He was terrific. If he’s fit and well, he’ll make a big difference to any team, and certainly us.”