Many players find a move to a new club can either make or break them as a top-level player. We all remember Michael Owen's five year spell on Newcastle's sick bed, don't we?
Sometimes managers will play a player out of position; sometimes they will be benched without reason.
And sometimes players just aren't happy - and we have had list of THOSE at St James' Park in recent years - Babayaro, Owen, Enrique, Carroll, Duff . and can we add Coloccini in there?
Enrique, Milner and Beye are just three who thought they were too good for Newcastle, and Yohan Cabaye is desperate to board the next train to Kings Cross from Central Station.
Sometimes a new city, new belief and a fresh start can be just what a player needs, and Cabaye is in that category.
And Tuesday evening and France's World Cup dilema with Ukraine is a MASSIVE evening in the life of the Frenchman.
Cabaye believes he is world class, make no mistake about it, but the world class will be in Brazil in the summer . will he?
A lot of Cabaye's future depends on Franck Ribery finding the net for France.
Ribery is currently trading as favourite for the Ballon d'Or but whether he gets that accolade or not, the feeling is he has a little more to do if he's to be considered the equal of, let alone superior to, either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
This game provides him with the ideal platform because, if he's as good as the betting for that award says he should be, he should be looking to put in a talismanic performance for his country.
The thing is . are the French as big as their egos?
On Friday's showing . NO!
Source: Newcastle United Mad