Newcastle Utd’s Cabaye relishing captain’s armband against Liverpool

Yohan Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye

YOHAN Cabaye says he’s ready to take responsibility at Newcastle United – and lead by example on the pitch.

Cabaye is expected to take the captain’s armband for this afternoon’s game against Liverpool in the absence of injured skipper Fabricio Coloccini.

The 27-year-old missed the club’s first two Premier League games after going on strike in an attempt to force through a move to Arsenal.

But Cabaye stayed at St James’s Park – and apologised to fans for his actions. And the France international insists he’s now focused on helping United replicate his first campaign on Tyneside, when the club finished fifth in the Premier League and qualified for the Europa League.

“We all have to take responsibility and play well every week if we want to be better in the league,” Cabaye said.

“I know I have responsibilities. I’m not afraid to take them and play for the team. I want to help the team play well.

“I want to play and win a lot of games in the Premier League.

“My first season was fantastic, and I want the same season.”

Cabaye was booed by some supporters – and cheered by others – on his first appearance of the season against Fulham.

And the former Lille player, fined by the club for refusing to play against Manchester City and West Ham united, says he understood the “mood” of those who jeered him given what happened late in the transfer window.

However, Cabaye is focused on winning them back over – by giving 100 per cent from the first to the 90th minute.

And he put in his best performance of the season in the 2-1 win over Cardiff City before the international break.

“For the Newcastle fans, you must give everything from the first minute to the 90th minute every game,” he said.

“They are behind you, and they push you to do your best. I understood their mood about the summer.

“I don’t blame anyone. I just want to think about the future. I want to work and win a lot of games. I want to play well with Newcastle to get the best results we can.”

Cabaye - who came off the bench in France’s 3-0 win over Finland on Tuesday night - is dreaming of going to the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer.

Didier Deschamps’s side face a two-legged play-off after finishing second to Spain in their qualifying group.

“It’s a World Cup year, and I want to do my best to be on the French team,” said Cabaye.

“I hope we’re going to qualify after the play-off. Every player has some targets and some goals.”