Newcastle originally signed Yohan Cabaye from Lille for a fee of £4 million and he has quickly established himself as one of the most important figures at the club.
Alan Pardew has always been praised for having a solid knowledge of the French transfer market but the recent arrivals of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran and Massadio Haidara could all have been aided by Newcastle’s creative leader.
Cabaye is someone that players turn to because of his natural personality and leadership skills, which comes in handy for Newcastle when potential French speaking players toy over a move to the club.
The manager and Newcastle’s scouting network in France will always be the most important parts in terms of scouting players but Cabaye is bound to do a lot of work behind the scenes convincing players to sign.
Various online media sources have suggested that Cabaye was influential in terms of getting right back Mathieu Debuchy to join the club and also Loic Remy, when he originally agreed to join Newcastle.
He seems to be a person that people just turn to naturally for advice. It’s also important to point out that his performances for Newcastle have also earned him regular places in French international squads.
This gives him an even greater chance to defend Newcastle and describe the club’s beauty or uniqueness to influential members of the French team.
He’s also bound to have some sort of input if Pardew goes to him for advice over players at a particular club. The manager will always have the final say but Cabaye’s history in French football means it would be stupid of Newcastle not to ask his opinion on players.
He also seems to play a significant role in terms of helping the new French players to settle quickly at the club, creating a friendly community among the squad where new arrivals can enjoy themselves and benefit from everything great about the club.
It was becoming very clear that Newcastle needed improvements because they are balancing just above the bottom three in the Premier League after suffering a bad run of injuries to key players.
Newcastle appear to be the new Arsenal in terms of their influence over French players and the French market, can they now re-group and fight back?
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