With Yohan Cabaye struggling in Paris with PSG, and apparently not too happy he is not getting enough first team games, the news out of France is that he would be available in January, either on a loan deal or less likely – on a permanent deal.
Clement Grenier – would fill the gap left by Yohan Cabaye
On Monday we had an article out on whether Yohan Cabaye would return to Newcastle, but in truth the chances of that are very slim.
First of all he left Newcastle for European football and there will not be any of that at Newcastle for quite a while, and maybe not the Champions League some for years to come, or at least as long as Mike Ashley is the owner.
And very few players return to previous clubs – because it’s a case of ¨been there done that” – and Yohan will look for a bigger club to join than Newcastle, with Arsenal and Liverpool interested.
And even if he gets down on his hands and knees and pleads to come back to Tyneside, where he had his best period in his football career so far, Mike Ashley will simply not pay out £20M for him – fact.
Mike may pay £10M for him, but PSG will want their money back on the player, and they’ll get it too.
It’s true that Newcastle plus Cabaye equals a very good side – after we’ve seen so many of our youngsters come through this season – Aarons, Perez, Ameobi, Abeid and Dummett – and most players have come into good form of late.
But it does point to the problem Newcastle have – that we don’t have too much creativity and skill in central midfield, which Yohan provided in spades when he was here for a pristine thirty months.
That’s one kind of player Newcastle need to bring in to improve the squad, but it will not be Yohan, but rather a younger player who can hopefully do the job that Cabaye once did at Newcastle.
We’d like to see 23 year-old Lyon central midfielder Clement Grenier brought in, and Newcastle were interested in him last January and also in the summer.
In late August he said he wanted to leave Lyon, but then after withdrawing from the French World Cup squad with a groin injury, he injured his groin again in a European qualifier, and had to have an operation, and he’s been out of the side ever since.
Lyon boss Hubert Fournier admitted at the time that his play-maker could be out for some weeks:
“We knew he was still fragile. But we played him because we thought he was capable. I am not sure that one more week would have changed anything,”
“He will need an operation, because it is not bearable anymore both for him and for the club.”
That injury could have been the reason Newcastle didn’t bring Grenier in during the summer, and Fournier made reference to the fact Newcastle were interested in his player, but that injury would prevent a deal from going through.
But maybe we could go back in for him in January, assuming the 23 year-old makes a decent recovery from the injury.
Clement would be a great addition to the squad, and would bring in that missing creativity and skill in central midfield.
Grenier has played for all of the French Youth sides, and five times for the full French side, and in six seasons in the Lyon first team, he has made 117 appearances with 15 goals.
What do you think?
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