NEWCASTLE United are confident Yohan Cabaye has the keys to unlock even the stubbornest defence.
The attacking midfielder joined the club earlier this month from French champions Lille.
And highly-rated Cabaye is expected to partner tough-tackling Cheik Tiote in central midfield next season, with assistant manager John Carver believing the pair will “complement” each other.
Cabaye, a box-to-box player, made his name in his native France with his range of passing, and his ability to score goals from midfield.
With Tiote protecting the back four, Cabaye will be given licence to get forward on home turf, as former captain Kevin Nolan did last term.
And the 25-year-old’s eye for a decisive pass is expected to be a key weapon for Newcastle at St James’s Park, where United often struggled to break down teams that got 10 men behind the ball in their first year back in the Premier League.
“We’re excited about Yohan,” Carver told the Gazette. “Obviously, he’s a central midfield player, and we think him and Cheik will complement each other.
“He’ll want to get forward, I think he scored something like 15 goals the season before last.
“He had a different role last season, but because of the way Cheik plays he’ll be given licence to get forward.
“He’ll open the door for us. Last season when we played teams in the bottom half of the table at St James’s Park, they got men behind the ball and we didn’t always break them down.
“It’s difficult to break down teams like that, but Yohan can open doors for us. He’s got that vision.”