The sale of Joey Barton may have left a sour taste in the mouths of many Newcastle United fans, but at least they can rest easy in the knowledge that the club had already signed a ready-made replacement in Yohan Cabaye reports fourfourtwo.com.
The 25-year-old Frenchman, has already made quite an impact in his handful of appearances for the Toon Army, proving that he at the very least has the potential to fulfill Barton's role in the side as he continues to grow into the position.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew has already expressed his surprise at pulling off what he sees as a huge transfer coup by convincing Cabaye to move to St. James' Park.
A recent double winner in France with former club Lille, Cabaye was perceived as the centre piece of Newcastle's midfield moving forward, alongside the imposing Cheike Tiote.
Pardew has described him as the type of player who can help the Magpies control games, something that seemed evident in the recent outing at Villa Park. But while not all of his performances have been as impressive, his first Tyne & Wear derby proved that Cabaye has no qualms about providing the tough tackling that made Barton such a useful asset.
Newcastle fans may have felt let down by the club's board, after choosing to sell the likes of Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton - three of their most influential players last season - and so soon after the departure of homegrown striker Andy Carroll.
But one thing is for sure, is that the summer arrivals on Tyneside should ensure that the future is bright for Newcastle, who will look to continue their unbeaten start to the 2011-12 campaign.