Cabaye relishing Magpies life
Newcastle midfielder looking forward to Barton clash
Last Updated: September 5, 2011 11:45am
Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has admitted it was difficult to adjust to English football but he is already growing to love the intensity of the Premier League and the atmosphere at games.
Cabaye moved to St James' Park over the summer after making his name in France, where he helped Lille to the Ligue 1 title last season and gained international recognition.
He concedes that playing for the Magpies is a completely different challenge, as the style of play requires a different set of skills and every match is tough.
However, the 25-year-old maintains that he is enjoying life at Newcastle and believes he can take his game to a higher level.
"It was difficult to adjust to English football at first. I have had to adapt but the only way you can get more experience of it is by playing. That is how I will get better," Cabaye told The Journal.
"The Premier League is more physical and faster than French football. In France it's more tactical - a lot of short passes. Here it's different.
"Here there are no easy games. In France you have a few games where it's easier - here, never!
"The Premier League is famous for that. I made my debut against Arsenal and it was a very difficult game, even though I did the double in France.
"Then there was the derby, which was the best atmosphere I had ever played in. I really enjoyed it.
"It was totally different to playing in France. Even playing for the national team, the atmosphere is very different.
"Now I understand better what it means to be a Newcastle United player. After the game I wanted to thank the fans, because they were fantastic in the derby. We really wanted to win that game for them and for us.
"It was most important to win against Sunderland."
Sad to see Joey go
Newcastle will be hoping to continue their fine start to the season when they take on Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road next Monday after the international break.
Joey Barton is in line to make his QPR debut in the game after leaving Newcastle last month, and will be determined to show his former club what they are missing.
But Cabaye is also relishing the prospect of going up against a player he developed a lot of respect for during their short time together.
The Frenchman said: "I am looking forward to it. I'm sad to see Joey go. I will be happy to see Joey again next week - and to win against him!"
"We've taken seven points from three games in the Premier League. We're pleased to have kept the momentum going by beating Fulham. It's perfect for the team."