Goals grab all the attention in any football match and that is correct too as the goals decide who wins or loses, but this article is not about goals this is about the previous phase of play which lead to the goal. That moment of magic that made the goal happen. This is our Top 5 countdown of assists this season:
5. Gabriel Obertan to Demba Ba (Stoke City)
Coming in at number 5 is Gabriel Obertan with his assist for Newcastle’s top striker this season, Demba Ba. The match was against Stoke City on Monday October 31st. Ba went on to score a hat-trick, United, in turn, winning 3-1. Given the season Obertan had, we were not surprised one of his better moments came at Halloween.
4. Yohan Cabaye to Demba Ba (Norwich City)
At number four we have Yohan Cabaye with his assist for Demba Ba against the canaries at Carrow road on December 10th. Unfortunately Newcastle United went on to lose4-2, due to untimely injuries. That, however, should not take away from the quality of the pass that lead to the equalizer as things stood then.
3. Sylvain Marveaux to Yohan Cabaye (Wigan Athletic)
At number 3 we have Sylvain Marveaux against Wigan Athletic in a 1 – 0 Newcastle United victory on Saturday 22nd of October. Having come on just a few minutes earlier with magpies having failed to make the breakthrough, Marveaux laid the ball off beautifully to his compatriot Yohan Cabaye who finished off the move with a measured shot from close to 20 yards giving Ali al Habsi no chance.
2. Hatem Ben Arfa to Papiss Cisse (Liverpool)
At number 2 we have Hatem ben Arfa, against Liverpool on Sunday 1st April 2012, on his way to the goal Ben Arfa beat two Liverpool players including former favorite Jose Enrique before providing an inch perfect cross for Papiss Demba Cisse for his only headed goal for Newcastle united. Magpies won the game 2 – 0, Jose Enrique ended up in goal, Andy Carroll back in the dressing room and all the supporters went home happy.
1. Yohan Cabaye to Papiss Cisse (Stoke City)
And our winner for the assist of the season goes to the dream boat Yohan Cabaye for his assist for Papiss Cisse’s first and United’s second goal of the game. Cabaye also scored two goals in the match on Saturday 21st April 2012, but the manager came out and described the pass “better than his two goals”. The magpies went on to win the match 3 – 0 in one of the better performances of the season.
At this point we would also like to mention Shola Ameobi’s chest down to Papiss Cisse against Chelsea which lead to one of the goals of the Premier League’s 21 year history. However, we take any excuse to mention that goal: it was that good.
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