Yohan Cabaye is vital for Newcastle says Alan Pardew

STRUGGLE: Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye
STRUGGLE: Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye

YOHAN Cabaye is ready to be pitched back into Newcastle United’s relegation battle – after a well-earned rest.

Cabaye was far from his commanding best in last weekend’s Tyne-Wear derby defeat after a gruelling run of games.

But the 27-year-old – who has been captaining Alan Pardew’s side in the absence through injury of Fabricio Coloccini – has had a rest this week.

Pardew feels he’s ready to reassert his midfield authority, saying: “The best way for Cabaye to lead this team is with his performances.

“When he plays well, we play well. We hope he puts in a great performance against West Brom.

“I thought he was excellent against Benfica. We asked him to play two games in three or four days.

“With the pressure he was under, I don’t think he had his greatest game (against Sunderland) in a team that didn’t have the energy levels to compete.

“That’s the truth of it – I still believe that. Yohan is a very important player for us.”