Yohan Cabaye

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter

 

He may have had a tough, relentless summer, but Yohan Cabaye knows that jogging out onto the Sports Direct Arena turf on the opening day of the season will be enough to revitalise any tiredness in his legs.

Part of the French squad which reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 before being knocked out by Spain at the weekend, it means Cabaye is yet to have a break following the 38 appearances he also racked up for Newcastle last term.

But the man who has quickly become a fans' favourite on Tyneside is already eyeing up the Magpies' Premier League opener against Spurs just over seven weeks away, and cannot wait to hear the Geordie faithful chant his name once more.

"Their support is so special," Cabaye told nufc.co.uk.

"That is why when you start to tire on the pitch you cannot be tired - because you have those people cheering you on.

"The crowd refresh you and push you to keep going, to fight, to score, to win.

"I want to say thank you to the supporters who have been absolutely brilliant since I arrived at the Club."

When he turned up at United 12 months ago from boyhood side Lille, Cabaye couldn't have dreamed of a better maiden season in England.

A regular pick in the middle of the mark, outstanding all year, five goals to his name and helping his new side return to European football thanks to a fifth-placed Premier League finish - it was beyond his wildest expectations.

"If I'm honest, I didn't think we would have achieved what we did because the Premier League is a big league - the biggest in the world," explained the 26-year-old..

"We made a confident start and got some good results, that really helped us. Because of that start we continued to do the right things and we learned to play with trust and style to win games.

"I think I had a good first season at the Club. For me, it was really important to play many games and to play well.

"There were many highlights. My first match against Arsenal was massive, and the crowd was unbelievable. It was the first time I had played in front of a crowd like that.

"My first goal against Wigan, my free-kick against Manchester United and the Tyne-Wear derby at home - that was something else!

"Also, my two goals against Stoke was a very good afternoon.

"Hopefully there will be many more good memories for us next season."

 

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