Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has backed his French team-mates to improve next season.

The 27-year-old midfielder, one of ten Frenchmen currently at the north-east club, has answered questions about Newcastle’s French connection.

Cabaye believes that after a longer period of integration and a proper pre-season, the French contingent will show their true quality next season.

"The new French players will have time to prepare in pre-season. That will help," the 27-year old told The Sun. "It's very difficult to adapt quickly, especially moving in January."

Five France internationals were brought in to St James’ Park in the January transfer window, while some linked the club's dip in form to their failure to shine in the final months of the campaign.

The Magpies have only won three of their last ten games, a run of form that had seen them drop as low as 17th in the Premier League.

But Cabaye believes that the club shouldn’t find themselves in the same position again, adding: "We have quality and can be much higher in the table."

In fact, if Newcastle win their final game of the season - against Arsenal at home - and other results go for them, they could finish the season as high as tenth.

Sunday's game against Arsenal will be Newcastle’s 54th game of the season - which is perhaps a better reason to explain their loss of form rather than the fact they signed a handful of France internationals.


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