The 27-year-old Frenchman has been handed the captain's armband in the absence of the injured Fabricio Coloccini, and accepted the responsibility in full on Sunday as he dragged the Magpies back into their clash with Stoke to set the stage for Papiss Cisse's last-gasp winner.
Cabaye, who has made a nonsense of the £4.8million price-tag with which he arrived at St James' Park from Lille during the summer of 2011, insists he is not equipped to deliver impassioned speeches in the dressing room and prefers to lead by example.
The France international said, in perfectly good English: "The manager trusted me and the club trusted me, and I want to give them back this confidence on the pitch.
"For me, it's a new role. My English is not very good to speak in the dressing room, I just want to lead the team on the pitch and I hope I am doing well."
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