It’s hard to see Mike Ashley winning over the Newcastle supporters. The St James’ Park faithful have been through enough with the owner, and it’s going to take a miracle for his name to be chanted around the stadium with any sort of positivity attached to it.
However, he could go some way to repairing at least a bit of the damage if he were to bring a couple of players in, and re-signing a former Newcastle favourite may end up being a popular move.
Now, let’s not suggest that a move for Cabaye would solve all of Newcastle’s problems. He certainly wouldn’t do that. But would he help? He certainly could offer something.
Newcastle need more depth in central midfield, and he’d clearly offer that. Furthermore, he’s a creative force in the middle of the pitch, and we’ve lacked that passing quality at points this term.
He’s also got bags of experience, and given our current position in the league, that’s vitally important – especially given his affinity with the club.
A short-term deal could help get Newcastle fans back on side, too, as most supporters would surely want to see the club hero back at St James’ Park. A long-term deal makes little sense, of course, but he’s available on a free, so what’s to lose by bringing him in for the rest of the season? It won’t erase all of Mike Ashley’s past errors, but it would be a start.
He could prove to be a huge signing for us, and the owner would deserve credit for getting it done. That said, generally, when things make sense, Mike Ashley tends to do the opposite – so we aren’t holding out any hope.