Cabaye - No 'Riot' From Me - Let Him Go!

Last updated : 28 January 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

Nobody can say it's a surprise, because he went on strike for three games ... and if the truth was known ... he missed the Cardiff City FA Cup tie because he didn't want to be cup-tied!

I'm sure the fans will target Mike Ashley for letting him go, but after all, Cabaye is French - and they are hardly the most 'loyal' of nations.

But what difference is there to the scores who have done the very same - and I include "Geordie legend" Peter Beardsley in that?

Beardsley played for Newcastle at Anfield and went to applaud the Kop at the end of the game ... before signing for them days later.

Oh yes ... I won't forget THAT in a hurry.

Supermac went to Arsenal; McDermott and Kennedy to Liverpool; Gazza and Waddle to Spurs; and in recent times Given, Hamann, Jenas, Milner, Parker, Enrique, and Carroll have all see the bright lights elsewhere.

Alan Pardew admits Cabaye’s departure will deal Newcastle United a “psychological blow”, but although he will be missed in midfield, it was hardly psychological because we knew he was going!

Cabaye is set to undergo a medical with Paris St Germain today after the two clubs last night agreed a fee.

PSG upped their offer after having a £14 million bid for the midfielder rejected by Newcastle.

Reports in France suggest the fee is £19 million, though United were looking for a significantly higher offer for the 28-year-old.

Cabaye, who will be eligible to play in the Champions League for PSG, is expected to be unveiled at the Parc des Princes on Friday.

The France international’s imminent departure comes three years after striker Andy Carroll left the club for Liverpool for £35 million.

That experience scarred United manager Pardew, who is focused on preparing his team for tonight’s game against Norwich City at Carrow Road, and Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby.

Alan Pardew: “I’ve got a thick skin. I survived the Andy Carroll one, which I think is worse because of the situation we were in.

“We certainly didn’t have 36 points. That was one of my best periods at the club ... losing him and getting over the line. The psychological blow was massive.

“Losing Yohan would be a psychological blow, but not as big as that one.

“From the owner down to my youth-team coach, no one on the technical side wants Yohan to leave. Why would we?

“If you take him out of the team, it makes us vulnerable

“We’d need to bring in someone, for sure. You can’t lose a player of that quality.”