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Key-man Cabaye compared to Rooney by Magpies boss
7:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
ALAN PARDEW claims Yohan Cabaye is Newcastle’s Wayne Rooney after he starred in his first start since his “strike” saga.
The United midfielder was back to his energetic best to help his side to a fine 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Saturday.
Hatem Ben Arfa may have scored one and created the winner for Yoan Gouffran, but it was Cabaye’s display that had Pardew beaming just weeks after he refused to play when Arsenal and PSG came calling.
And boss Pardew said: “Yohan is just as important to us as Rooney is to Manchester United.
“He’s a player who carries the heartbeat and the rhythm of the team, and it’s the rhythm of the game that he can dictate, that wins Premier League games.
“There’s not that many players than can do that, that can do it like he can.
“He played a part. There were little moments, but he’ll get better because he isn’t 100 per cent yet.
“He only came off early as he was tired.”
Pardew went on to praise Cabaye for the perfect response since the transfer window shut.
He said: “Listen, I think we all know in the modern world that if someone comes along and offers you substantially more money or whatever to join another organisation, it can turn your head, and it did turn his head.
“I’m not saying he was perfect in what he did.
“But all I would say is that he’s been perfect since the window shut, and I can’t ask for more than that.
“It was nice that the fans gave him a good reception when he went off, he’ll sleep better knowing that he has the backing of the team, the manager and a huge part of the fanbase.”
Pardew also had words of praise for Loic Remy, his only summer signing, and Ben Arfa who were both on top form on Saturday.
“Loic Remy doesn’t just turn up.
“All I would say is that he was a significant signing because we wanted him in the winter of last year. We didn’t get him.
“It’s a player we know very, very well. So we know exactly what he’s about, and it’s easy to integrate him.
“I said after the win against Fulham that I’d like to have had another offensive player just to boost the group and have the depth you want as a manager.
“But I’ve got no problem putting the XI out that we’ve got.
“There’s no criticism of Hatem, he was sublime.
“Just holding up the ball, holding off defenders, bursting and little moments, things Luis Suarez would have been proud of.
“He was terrific. If he’s fit and well, he’ll make a big difference to any team, and certainly us.”
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