Newcastle are struggling. Last year’s Premier League success story, they’re going in the opposite direction this time around. Demba Ba has been sold to Chelsea. Fabricio Coloccini is homesick. Alan Pardew’s men are only 2 points above the relegation zone. That sets the stage.
Yohan Cabaye is just 2.5% owned by fantasy managers, hasn’t started a game since November 11th, and is just coming back from a long-term groin injury that has seen him out for two months. He’s not even guaranteed to start at home to Reading this weekend as he makes his way back to full match fitness.
That’s the bad news.
The good news? Cabaye’s price is a reasonable 6.6M in the official Fantasy Premier League game and he oozes class and quality when he does take the pitch. Before his injury, he had 2 goals in 3 games, and last season – his first in England – he scored 4 goals and dished out 8 assists.
The small midfielder is great from set pieces and controls the tempo of play for Newcastle. With another week of training behind him, he should be fit enough for 45-60 minutes at home to Reading, and I think that’s all he may need to make an immediate impact. Newcastle lost 10 of 13 matches without Cabaye – they can’t afford to keep him in reserve much longer.
He runs the show for the team – is always on the ball – and when his passing is on, he’s a Luka Modric-esque joy to watch. Newcastle’s next two matches are against relegation threatened Reading and Aston Villa and I expect Cabaye to score or assist in one of those.
So there you have it. His groin may be sore, but his class is top quality. Yohan Cabaye. Your Funny Feeling Friday.