PSG manager Laurent Blanc has told the French web-site le10sport.com that Yohan Cabaye is a boy in trouble, and that he has been only mediocre at PSG since he signed for them in a £20M deal last January – and that he has to get to be good and efficient at PSG.
Yohan Cabaye in action for PSG – hasn’t settled in Paris
The news over the past few months seems to suggest it’s almost certain that Yohan will push for a move in January faway rom PSG, and it seems he would like to return to England, with Premier League clubs Arsenal and Liverpool (and Newcastle?) said to be interested in signing the play-maker.
This is what PSG and former France manager Laurent Blanc has said yesterday about the former Newcastle midfielder :
“Yohan is a boy in trouble, but he knew there were good players at PSG. At this level he has to adapt. He had doubts but I find him much better.”
“The match against Lorient he must understand he cannot repeat this. He understands the need to change things. This is better and hopefully he will translate on the ground when he plays.”
” It’s not enough just to play. You must be good and efficient.”
Blanc is talking there of the 2-1 win against Lorient at the beginning of this month when PSG were very poor in the first half and 1-0 down, and Yohan Cabaye in particular put in a terrible performance in that game.
Blanc made changes in the second half and replaced Cabaye and PSG went onto finally scrape though and the the win 2-1.
This is part of the ESPN report of the game, and about the play of Cabaye against Lorient:
“No performance was more concerning than Cabaye’s pitiful 62-minute attempt at a contribution. The French international was guilty of a large number of lapses in concentration.”
“Most of those resulted in Lorient chances — and a series of pointless tackles that consistently put PSG under pressure, particularly at 1-0 down.”
“Cabaye’s position is now under major threat after the contract renewal of Adrien Rabiot on Friday. He’s under intense scrutiny at club and international level.”
“Cabaye may well find himself out of the next France squad and further down les Parisiens’ pecking order than he already is if he serves up many more displays like this one.
But it’s only one game after all, and in fact he did make the French squad for the recent two week International break.
Ever since Yohan moved to Paris he has found difficulty in getting a regular starting place with the competition for places in central midfield fierce at the French Champions.
Yohan could also be worried about his place in the French squad, with not getting regular games at France’s most prominent club at the moment.
And while Newcastle have been reported to maybe be willing to being the 28 year-old back to Newcastle, we don’t think Mike Ashley will pay out £20M for a 28 year-old.
And since the player left for Champions League football he will presumably want to join a club that’s in Europe every season.
That’s not Newcastle United these days.
What do you think?
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