In the latest chapter in the Yohan Cabaye saga, Alan Pardew has been speaking further on what he calls “the situation” with the French midfielder.
Despite a constant campaign of innuendo against the French midfielder, and ably assisted by his friends in the local media, he still steadfastly refuses to mention whether the player actually went on strike for the first two games of the season, instead preferring to hide behind vague terms like “the situation.”
Whether Cabaye went on strike or not, the idea, as stated by Pardew himself that he has been “protecting” the player from the savagery of we fans if he reveals the real facts is obviously ludicrous, not to mention an insult to we fans. He knew perfectly well when he said that he was protecting Cabaye from being savaged by primitive fans that most of us would only assume one thing, that Cabaye was refusing to play. If he really wanted to protect him, he would have kept his mouth firmly shut (If that is possible for Pardew?). It was either very stupid or very devious, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the former. We are being played again, just as we have been so many times in the past. Meanwhile, being almost certainly bound by a gagging clause in his contract, Cabaye probably can’t speak for himself.
Anyway, continuing this ridiculous phony narrative, Pardew is now grasping at Cabaye’s omission from the French squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus as an oppotunity to blackmail the midfielder by saying if he doesn’t play ball with this charade, he could miss his chance of representing Les Bleus for next year’s World Cup. Speaking on Cabaye, the France manager Didier Deschamps made it very clear that missing first team action at the beginning of the season was the main reason why he omitted Cabaye, saying:
“Yohan Cabaye has not been playing football recently. He is not playing so I did not pick him.”
You can’t get any clearer than that. Getting back to Pardew though, in a festival of vague cliches about “moving on”, “going forward hand in hand” and so on, he told Sky Sports:
“It was important to get him out there (to play Fulham) on Saturday, it will make it easier to move on although there is a lot of talking to be done between now and Aston Villa. We will speak with Yohan and with his representatives to make sure that we go forward hand-in-hand.”
“The guy has a World Cup at the end of the year and he is a big part of France’s plans. He hasn’t been picked this week and I think that was a bit of a shock to him.
“It was only because of the situation, because I think he’s nailed on in their team. That whole situation will resolve itself.”
Whether Cabaye went on strike for the first two games of the season or not, this beating about the bush has just become pathetic and embarrassing now. He has successfully convinced most fans that Cabaye actually went on strike. It’s about time he had the decency to clarify whether or not Cabaye actually did refuse to play, or whether he was under instructions not to select him lest he become injured and hinder the chances of a potential move once and for all. It will hardly make any difference now.