ALAN Pardew says he’d never try to curb Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy’s tackling - as their aggression makes them natural born winners!
Cabaye and Debuchy are both a yellow card away from one-match bans.
While Newcastle United manager Pardew doesn’t want to lose either player to suspension, he won’t try to change the tough-tackling pair.
A suspension looks inevitable, and Cabaye and Debuchywill walk a disciplinary tightrope in tomorrow’s Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
“They’re both winners - they get emotionally involved in games,” Pardew said.
“Winners will sometimes do frustrating things, because they want to win.
“Yohan sometimes does that. He makes a tackle that you sometimes wouldn’t want him to make.
“That’s because he wants to win - you can’t take that away from players.
“They’re always going to have that, players like Roy Keane, and whoever you want to name.
“They want to win. Therefore they sometimes overstep the mark, and they get bookings.”
Andre Villas-Boas, Pardew’s Tottenham counterpart, has come under fire from fans at White Hart Lane for his team’s low-scoring start to the campaign.
However, Pardew remains wary of the attacking talent in Villas-Boas’s squad, which was overhauled this summer with the £85m banked from the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.
“Defensively, they’ve played very well, but they haven’t scored many goals,” said Pardew.
“Over the years Spurs have scored goals, and I think their fans demand high-scoring wins.
“They’ve not really had one this year - I hope they don’t start against us!
“They’ve got good players, and they can hit form any time. But they’ve been doing enough and winning games.
“In the Premier League, you have periods like that. I’m sure they’ll have periods where they’re banging in goals left right and centre.”