Fan favourites at Newcastle don’t come along very often, and they come in a variety of positions and gain their titles in a variety of ways. Steve Harper and Shola Ameobi are commended for their very long service to Newcastle. Kevin Nolan for his Sunderland Halloween demolition, and both he and Joey Barton for their double teaming of Wojciech Szczesny in the famous 4-4 against Arsenal. Alan Shearer for obvious reasons then of course the legendary Sir Bobby Robson needs no explanation.
Newcastles policy these last few years of buying unheard of players for a couple of million then turning them into players worth 5-10 times what they paid for them has meant that business is good at the club. Rumours of Newcastle wanting £25m for Cabaye are rife, with that being a massive increase on what we paid for him. This business however has it’s negatives. Should we buy unheard of players for small money and increase their value and sell them on for a profit, it’ll leave us short in creating fan favourites. Of course Jonas Gutierrez and Captain Colo are liked by the majority, for staying throughout Newcastles honeymoon in the Championship. However Newcastle fans still sing the praises of Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton, due to their commitment and wrestling technique. It’s not often we have players considered to be fan favourites anymore.
This brings me to the main point of the article. Nolan and Barton, while good players, weren’t massively gifted or sought after, whereas Cabaye is. Should Cabaye stay and put in another 2 or 3 seasons, he’ll be a fan favourite. Not because of his antics off the pitch or his behaviour or work rate, but purely because of his skill. It’s been many years since we had a fan favourite with the skills to show for it, and that’s when Alan Shearer played.