New recruit Yohan Cabaye seems generally impressed with things at Newcastle and hopes we’ll be in Europe within a year. In a recent interview he said:
“I am going to play in the best championship in the world for a club who want to get back into Europe within a year and one who are building an ambitious team.“
He is talking about Newcastle isn’t he? Just thought I’d check.
He then goes on to suggest that he’s just the first of many signings the club has planned for this transfer window, saying:
“I am the first recruit but I have discussed things with manager Alan Pardew and I know others will follow. The directors have assured me on this point.“
As has been mentioned elsewhere, he sought advice from Charles N’Zogbia about his move to Newcastle. Cabaye said:
“I spoke to Charles N’Zogbia and he told me I had made a good choice.“
It’s the sort of statement that might be a portent to the Zog coming to our club himself. He has indicated his desire to do so, although Dave Whelan is making things difficult for Newcastle at the moment in terms of a transfer.
Apologies for my sarcasm earlier about the Europe bit but I think getting there at all is no mean feat, let alone within a year. With wise investment and good management we can no doubt get up amongst the European challengers but we’ll need to compete against extremely well-funded teams like Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea as well as a sort of ‘second tier’ of Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs.
I’m not saying it’s impossible, I just don’t think we should underestimate the scale of the task and build up too many false expectations too soon.