Newcastle United’s French legend David Ginola backs fellow Frenchmen to take Magpies into Europe

Yohan Cabaye, one of Newcastle's French contingent.
Yohan Cabaye, one of Newcastle's French contingent.

DAVID Ginola has backed Newcastle United’s French legion to lead the club across the Channel – and back into European competition.

Manager Alan Pardew signed a five of players from the country in the summer’s tranfer market.

Midfielder Yohan Cabaye is already a favourite at St James’s Park, while striker Demba Ba is the club’s leading scorer.

Gabriel Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid have also shown glimpses of their talent.

And former Newcastle winger Ginola – the first French import to succeed at St James’s Park – is looking forward to seeing how the team develops over the coming season.

United go into Sunday’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur, another of Ginola’s former clubs, lying fourth in the Premier League table after an unbeaten start to the season.

“The six French players in the dressing room will have a big impact,” said Ginola, who starred on the European stage for the club during Kevin Keegan’s first spell as Newcastle manager.

“It’s great for the fans to have these players come in, as they’re very exciting players. Cabaye won the double last year, and will be a big player.