Cabaye loving St James’ life

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Yohan Cabaye is loving life at Newcastle, with the atmosphere at St James' Park and positive start to the season helping the midfielder get settled into English football.

Cabaye signed for the Toon from Lille in June, for a fee reported to be €5 million. He is one of seven fresh faces to head to the north east in the transfer window, and while Newcastle failed to land a striker on deadline day, Cabaye is quite capable of scoring as well as feeding the ball to new man up-front Demba Ba.

And the French midfielder said that while adjusting to a new style of play has been difficult, the fans and a desire to defeat Sunderland have driven him to adjust quickly.

"It was difficult to adjust to English football at first. I have had to adapt but the only way you can get more experience of it is by playing. That is how I will get better," Cabaye told The Journal.

"The Premier League is more physical and faster than French football. In France it's more tactical - a lot of short passes. Here it's different.

"Here there are no easy games. In France you have a few games where it's easier - here, never!

"The Premier League is famous for that. I made my debut against Arsenal and it was a very difficult game, even though I did the double in France.”


While Cabaye speaks highly of his first game for Newcastle, the 25-year-old is particularly fond of his first derby experience with the Toon.

He added: "Then there was the derby, which was the best atmosphere I had ever played in. I really enjoyed it.

"It was totally different to playing in France. Even playing for the national team, the atmosphere is very different.

"Now I understand better what it means to be a Newcastle United player. After the game I wanted to thank the fans, because they were fantastic in the derby. We really wanted to win that game for them and for us.

"It was most important to win against Sunderland."

Newcastle face QPR next week after the international break finishes, and the encounter will no doubt be a fiery one between recently departed Toon star Joey Barton and his old club.

And while Cabaye has full respect for the tough midfielder, he believes he can beat him on the pitch come Monday night.

"I am looking forward to it. I'm sad to see Joey go. I will be happy to see Joey again next week - and to win against him!" Cabaye said.

"We've taken seven points from three games in the Premier League. We're pleased to have kept the momentum going by beating Fulham. It's perfect for the team."

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