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Cabaye can be Magpies' Baines from set-plays
ALAN PARDEW is looking forward to having his own free-kick specialist on show at Goodison Park on Monday – even if he has come up with a novel way of stopping Leighton Baines.
When Baines curled in two sensational dead balls against West Ham United last weekend, he reminded everyone of his quality from set-pieces and inevitably led to comparisons with the likes of David Beckham.
The left-back’s accuracy in and around the box will have Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul worried when he comes face-to-face with him at Everton.
But Magpies boss Pardew believes he has a masterplan to prevent Baines from delivering a bit of magic, while also suggesting that in Yohan Cabaye the Toffees also have a player to be concerned about from free-kicks.
“We've got this great idea - we're going to have a wall and then a piggy back wall on top of that and then we're going to forget about the cross!” said Pardew.
“But, obviously, we don't want to give away too many free-kicks but it is difficult when you are under pressure in the heat or whatever and you make a rash challenge. We know what he is capable of.
“Against Hull City last Saturday, a bad tackle cost us an important goal but I am sure Everton will be under the same orders because in Yohan Cabaye, we have a free-kick specialist just as good as Leighton Baines.”
While Baines’ performances over the last few years almost led to a move to Manchester United in the summer, the England defender is still putting in brilliant displays for Everton under Roberto Martinez.
Everton’s style of play has completely changed under Martinez following David Moyes’ departure to Old Trafford, but they are the only unbeaten team in the Premier League after five matches.
Pardew said: “Everton have always been a difficult side to beat, especially at Goodison. It's a tough place to go. We got a 2-2 there last year and we really had to work hard to get that. They're unbeaten in the league even though they lost in the Capital One Cup, they're in good shape.
“With the change in manager, their style of play is a bit different. Their retention of the ball will probably be greater under Roberto. But what we have shown is that we have a real offensive look about us.
“Now it's about making sure we are tight enough to cope with that. We weren't against Hull but in our previous three or four games, we had been and that's important if we are going to have a more offensive look about us. We've got to make sure the back door is shut. It was against Leeds and to keep another clean sheet was a good thing.
“Roberto has signed some good players and you would have to say it looks like a stronger squad than David had last year. The chairman, Bill Kenwright, there has done his bit and I think they look as if they could be the surprise package of the season.”
Newcastle will be stronger for the trip to Merseyside after some of Pardew’s big guns were rested for Wednesday’s 2-0 Capital One Cup victory over Leeds United. Striker Loic Remy, meanwhile, is expected to play after missing the visit of Leeds with a slight strain.
“Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Moussa Sissoko were all rested and will be ready to go for Everton,” said Pardew. “They are a given when fit, those guys. Shola Ameobi has a chance for Monday. Jonas Gutierrez is getting close but I do not know for Everton, maybe the week after for us. We are pretty healthy and hopefully that continues.”
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