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Focused Cabaye ready for Villa Park return for Magpies
The unsettled former Lille midfielder looks set to make his first start of the season at Aston Villa when loan signing Loic Remy, the club's only summer senior acquisition, is also primed for a full debut.
But it will be the return of Cabaye to the Newcastle midfield which pleases Pardew the most, having been impressed with the way the player has tried to make amends for refusing to play in the opening three matches of the season.
The 27-year-old was desperate to see a move to Arsenal go through, but the Gunners' reluctance to increase their £10m offer meant he has remained at St James' Park beyond last week's deadline day.
Pardew has no concerns about selecting him. He said: “I did speak to him, of course, but not at great length. We had a conversation. I didn't have to coax him in any manner.
"I had a little discussion about the window shutting, about his new baby girl, and you can just tell that he's in a place where he has turned a corner. Sometimes players don't. I have seen that with guys I played with and also managed. They continue the process of wearing the disappointment – let me put it that way.”
He added: "It must have been a difficult period for him as well. He would have been influenced by his agents who obviously had a stake in the transfer. I'm not saying he was perfect in the way he handled it – I don't think he was – but he handled it in his way and he will react to it in his way.
“The one thing I do know about him is that he is a very focused person. He's the type of guy if you put the finishing line there, he doesn't look to the sides, he looks at the line. I think that has helped him to turn him around. You can tell his eyes are firmly fixed on Newcastle and France."
Cabaye was overlooked for France's World Cup qualifiers with Georgia and France because of his lack of match action this season. He now has a fight on his hand to force his way back in to the reckoning ahead of next summer's finals in Brazil.
And with the likes of Remy, Hatem Ben Arfa, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mathieu Debuchy all hoping to head for South America with France, Pardew thinks the World Cup could boost Newcastle's chances of a good season.
The Newcastle boss said: “That is true for a number of our players, who are all vying for that French team. Shola Ameobi has a chance with Nigeria, Cheick Tiote as well with Ivory Coast. We could have a number of players at the World Cup and it's important for them to have good years.”
But he was not disappointed he had most of his French players around for the last fortnight. He said: "I was pleased the French manager didn't pick Yohan because that's worked out for him really well. He definitely needed some work.
“To have him, Papiss Cisse, Hatem, Remy, Gouff and Marveaux training here has been great for our offensive play because we needed to do some work on that, and I've been pleased with that."
With Cabaye and Remy set for a promotion to the starting line-up after the 1-0 win over Fulham, it means Pardew will have a different look to his substitutes list at Villa Park. Rather than rely on a large number of young guns, he thinks he will have the experience and quality to turn to if he needs to.
“One thing I learned last season was that we have a team that is very capable of producing what that team who finished fifth did," said Pardew.
"I looked at the bench and last season I felt it was difficult to change the game towards the end because the substitutes didn't have depth or quality.
"The bench against Fulham, and the one that will be at Villa, will really be able to change the game. That can sometimes sway a Premier League fixture."
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