Cabaye backs fellow Frenchmen to come good at Newcastle

Newcastle United’s French midfielder Yohan Cabaye has been speaking to Sky Sports and the 27-year-old midfielder, one of 10 Frenchmen at the North East club, has answered questions about Newcastle’s French connection and what impact the amount of players from one nation has had on the team’s Premier League form.

Cabaye believes that his compatriots need more time to adjust to life in English football after a problematic season on Tyneside. He said: “The new French players will have time to prepare in pre-season. That will help, it’s very difficult to adapt quickly, especially moving in January.

Five French internationals were brought in to St James’ Park in the January transfer window and many ascribed Newcastle’s late season dip in form to their struggle to settle. The Magpies have only won three of their last 10 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. He added: “We have quality and can be much higher in the table.

Indeed, if Newcastle win their final game of the season, against Arsenal at home, and other results go for them they could finish the season in 10th place, but the game against Arsenal will be Newcastle’s 54th of the season after their participation in the Europa League.

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