Alan Pardew has played down the importance of Yohan Cabaye, insisting that Newcastle mustn't rely on him too much.

The French midfielder, who was the subject of a £10million bid from Arsenal in the summer, has been in good form since his return to the first team at Newcastle.

Cabaye came in for significant criticism after he refused to play when he discovered that Arsenal had bid for him, however once the transfer window had closed and Cabaye had stayed put, the midfielder pledged his commitment to the team and apologised to fans.

Pardew, speaking on Sky Sports, said: "We mustn't rely on him (Cabaye)," after his good performance in the 3-2 defeat against Everton.

The Magpies' boss was presumably speaking in reference to the chance that Cabaye may not be with the Tyneside club much longer.

"His forward passing, his forward thinking got us back into the game, but there will be times when he is not there and we need to have that same attitude," he continued

The former West Ham manager was also quick to praise the consistency of Cabaye's game.

"He is one of the players who gives us the consistency of performance every week, and that's what some of our guys are searching for."

Indeed, a number of Newcastle's players have been unable to replicate the good form that they have shown in the past. Striker Papiss Cissé is a perfect case in point.

The forward bagged 13 goals in 14 games in his debut season at St. James Park, but has been unable to replicate that brilliant form as of yet.

Speaking in terms of the whole squad, Pardew said: "I have great respect for the players here. The group we have got, I think, is a good group."

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