YOHAN Cabaye is still getting to grips with the English game – and tomorrow’s derby will be like no other Cabaye has played in.
But the Newcastle midfielder has already knows all about Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole, his direct opponent at the Stadium of Light.
The pair went head to head while played for their countries in an England-France U18 international in their youth careers, and it’s an encounter that Cabaye has forgottten.
And Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s confident the 25-year-old will have the measure of the occasion – and his opponent – on Wearside. Asked if facing the likes of Cattermole will prove be a culture shock for the Frenchman, Pardew said: “You’d be surprised – there are a few out there in France.
“Yohan will be a big player for us. I think we all know that, but he needs to settle down and understand the division. This is a level up.
“At Sunderland it won’t be different, he needs to come out on top against (Jack) Colback and Cattermole, who are aggressive players and he needs to be able to deal with that.”