YOHAN Cabaye insists he’s “moved on” from a troubled start to his season.
And he’s now determined to help Newcastle United move up the Premier League table.
Cabaye has played just 220 minutes of the club’s campaign.
The midfielder apologised to supporters after refusing to play in the club’s first two league games in the wake of a transfer bid from Arsenal, which was rejected by Newcastle.
There have been jeers and cheers since then for Cabaye, yesterday recalled to the France squad.
The events of the past seven weeks might not be entirely black and white.
But Cabaye, set to return to the starting XI against Cardiff City tomorrow, is back in United’s famous colours, and focused on matters on the pitch, not off it.
“I have moved on, and I want to be focused on the team’s future,” Cabaye said.
“The summer was what it was. I’m strong in my mind and I’m positive.
“I want to do my best on the pitch to help my team-mates and everyone on the pitch.
“I respect everyone every day. I will do that until the end.”
Cabaye’s first start of the season came at Villa Park last month.
Newcastle, and in particular Hatem Ben Arfa, were unstoppable against Aston Villa that afternoon.
And there was a welcome positivity on Tyneside after the club’s 2-1 win.
Yet three weeks later there’s a very different mood among fans still scared by last season’s relegation battle.
For his part, Cabaye, 27, is at a loss to explain Monday night’s first-half performance against Everton – Newcastle trailed by three goals at the break and went on to lose 3-2 – and the home capitulation to Hull City.
However, he feels it’s time for the players to let their feet do the talking.
Asked about the dip in league form, Cabaye said: “I don’t how we can explain that.
“We don’t want to be in trouble like last season. We have to act quickly, and this weekend at Cardiff is going to be really hard, but we have the quality do well and get a result.
“But it’s not enough to say that – we have to do it on the pitch.
“We have to get the points to go up the table.”
What is clear is that United need to improve – and quickly.
In Cabaye’s view, it’s time to get back to basics.
“Now we have to come back and do the basics and play as a team,” added the french midfielder.
“The 11 players have to fight for the team and the man next to you.
“If we do that, we can get some good results.”
Cabaye isn’t afraid of a fight, and he and his team-mates, not to mention Pardew, have certainly got one on their hands.