If there’s one area in the Newcastle first team that needs improving, it’s the midfield. A lack of quality depth has been a real problem for the Magpies so far this season, and it’s showing no signs of improving.
Seemingly, Rafael Benitez isn’t that interested in solving his midfield problems, though, with the Shields Gazette reporting that the manager has decided not to move for free-agent Yohan Cabaye – with the Magpies instead interested in improving other areas.
Whilst it’s good to hear that Newcastle are planning on improving other areas on the field, it’s hard to deny that we need a bit more improvement in the middle of the park.
With injuries to the likes of Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey, it’s become evident that we’re struggling for depth at St James’ Park, and it’s no real surprise that we’ve struggled to control games in their absence.
Granted, Cabaye is likely past his best, and he didn’t leave on the best terms, but the midfielder still has enough quality to make an impact, especially given our current options.
Not to mention, his affinity for the club, alongside his experience, could be invaluable.
The reality is that by not signing him, and indeed by not focusing in the midfield, Benitez is only going to make his job in the second half of the season more difficult – with the Spaniard forced to rely on sub-par players in the role moving forward.