The midfielder was key in his side's victory over West Brom and the Magpies boss thinks there is enough quality in the dressing room to keep the Frenchman at St James' ParkNewcastle manager Alan Pardew has suggested that there is more than enough quality at his disposal for his players to fulfil their ambitions this season.
The Newcastle manager was speaking after his side’s 2-1 win over West Brom and expressed a belief that wantaway midfielder Yohan Cabaye can realise his Champions League dream with his current team-mates.
"I sensed before the game that the group was very, very strong, there’s a real good feeling in there,” Pardew told reporters, when asked about the unity of the squad, after the entire team ran to the bench after Moussa Sissoko’s winner.
"Everybody is fit and available so your Yohan Cabaye’s and your Colo’s can take a look round that dressing room and see quality.
"We’ve got a strength in depth that we didn’t even have two years ago when we finished fifth.”
The Newcastle boss was also pleased with his side’s performance and the determination shown by his players to grind out their fourth win on the bounce, while also reserving special praise Sissoko’s memorable strike.
"I thought West Brom were very good today, we’ve had to show a real resilience and strength of character to win that.
"was won with the most exquisite of goals."
West Brom manager Steve Clarke was left bemoaning his side’s early defensive lapse and felt his side deserved something out of the game after battling back from a goal down.
"It [the opening goal] came from nowhere,” the former Chelsea assistant admitted.
"We don’t concede from set pieces as a rule so to go behind in that manner was disappointing.
"I think anybody who is fair-minded about the game would say we should have got something out of it.
"But we didn’t and we now have to prepare for Man City on Wednesday night and concentrate on getting some points on the board.”