Yohan Cabaye

In the latest of an occasional feature on nufc.co.uk, we pick our top five on a host of Newcastle United topics. After Yohan Cabaye's brilliant long-range effort against Liverpool on Saturday, ANTHONY MARSHALL selects the French midfielder's best Magpies' goals from distance...

 

When Yohan Cabaye pulled the trigger from 30 yards against Liverpool on Saturday it may have taken Reds' goalkeeper Simon Mignolet by surprise, but it came as no shock to United fans.

The French midfielder has become something of a long-range specialist since his arrival from Lille in the summer of 2011.

Cabaye has now found the back of the net 13 times for the Magpies, with an astonishing nine of that tally coming from outside the penalty area.

So we thought it was time to go through the playmaker's best long-range efforts. There were some tough calls to make, particularly the order, but this is our selection:

 

Number one - Manchester United (home), 04.01.2012

Already one up thanks to Demba Ba's brilliant hooked volley, Cabaye bagged the second goal of what was to be an outstanding 3-0 victory over the reigning Premier League champions.

The second half was just two minutes old at St. James' Park when Ba was hauled down 25 yards out.

Cabaye stood over the ball and picked his spot, curling the resulting free-kick over the wall and perfectly into the top left-hand corner, crashing down into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

It was a strike which had both power and precision and gave the Magpies breathing space in a huge result which underlined their top flight credentials.

It was also the perfect way to start the new calendar year and United would go on to finish fifth at the end of the campaign, qualifying for the Europa League in the process.

Yohan Cabaye

 

Number two - Aston Vila (away), 29.01.2013

United were yet to win on their travels during the 2012/13 campaign, as they arrived at Villa Park on a wet, Tuesday night in January.

But all that was to change, thanks to a goal of outstanding technique from Yohan Cabaye.

Papiss Cisse had given the visitors an early advantage, which was doubled in stunning fashion by the Frenchman on 31 minutes.

A right-wing cross from Jonas Gutierrez was seemingly headed to safety by Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar. However, Cabaye had other ideas, controlling the clearance by teeing himself up for a swerving volley which flew into the top corner past the despairing dive of Brad Guzan.

Yohan Cabaye

 

Number three - Everton (away), 30.09.2013

It ended up being little more than a consolation as Newcastle slipped to defeat, but Yohan Cabaye's screamer at Everton last month was worthy of winning any contest.

The former Lille man was introduced from the substitutes' bench at half-time with his side already 3-0 down following a horrendous opening period.

However, Cabaye got them on the scoresheet six minutes after the restart. Picking up the ball 35 yards out and towards the left touchline there appeared little on, but he let fly with a strike which moved through the air on its way across goal and into the far top corner.

Loic Remy pulled another back with a minute remaining but United were unable to complete the comeback and lost 3-2.

Yohan Cabaye

 

Number four - Wigan Athletic (home), 22.10.2011

Netting the winner in front of the Gallowgate End isn't a bad way to open your account as a Newcastle United player, and that's exactly what happened for Yohan Cabaye.

With time ticking away against Wigan and the game still goalless, the midfield maestro finally found a way through the Latics' stubborn rearguard.

Striding on to a Sylvain Marveaux lay-off, Cabaye took matters into his own hands, duly curling a fierce strike across Ali Al-Habsi and into the far corner, to send nearly 50,000 Geordies into raptures.

Yohan Cabaye

 

Number five - Stoke City (home), 21.04.2012

A brace and a man-of-the-match performance from Yohan Cabaye helped Newcastle record their sixth consecutive win with a 3-0 victory over Stoke City at St. James' Park.

His first was a relatively simple close-range header, before Cabaye then turned provider with an outrageously inch-perfect through ball to set up Papiss Cisse for number two.

But the Les Bleus international saved his best for last. With nearly an hour played, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba both found their routes to goal blocked, but as the ball broke to Cabaye 20 yards out, he stroked a low, bouncing shot past Asmir Begovic and into the far corner.

Yohan Cabaye

 

What do you think? Do you disagree with our order? Have we made a glaring omission? Let us know at website@nufc.co.uk