Analysis: Newcastle Signing Cabaye

BREAKING NEWS: Newcastle United sign Yohan Cabaye from Lille on five-year deal -

From the sounds of it, NUFC are preparing a bit of a midfield overhaul with Barton and Nolan's statuses in question, Ben Arfa coming back into the side and Cabaye on the way.  I've only seen Cabaye play for Lille sparingly but my sense is that he's Michael Carrick with a little more bite in the tackle.  He seems unlikely to make a major fantasy impact even if he is likely to play slightly further up the field than Carrick does for United.  With Tiote playing backstop, Cabaye might get up the field a bit but he certainly doesn't seem like a fit for a Scholes-like role immediately behind the forwards (the role Nolan currently has when he's not actually being deployed as a forward). 

Analysis: Overall, he sounds like a solid signing for the Magpies but for fantasy purposes, I'd stay away unless he shows something unexpected early.

UPDATE: Cabaye seems to be known as a penalty kick specialist. Good to know. -J


  1. FlyingHamster7:47 PM

    Also worth mention is that when Yahoo had a fantasy Ligue 1 game back in 2009 or so, Cabaye was one of the highest scoring midfielders in the game, as his set-piece skills can't be underestimated. He can also play on the wing as well, I believe. Certainly Cabaye can play on the left, Ben Arfa on the right, with Barton at the center and Tiote holding.

  2. That year he played a free role, and yes was a huge stud. Last year, and for most of his career, he was a deeper-lying player and his totals reflect that. 2 goals, but yes 9 assists. Presumably he'll be central with Tiote and HBA will be playing off the lead striker. Maybe CCole?