News that Crystal Palace and Alan Pardew will try to sign Yohan Cabaye from PSG this summer, and depending on what fee PSG want for the central midfielder, who was never able to command a starting place in Paris, will probably decide whether Newcastle are interested in bringing Yohan back to Newcastle.
Newcastle haven’t yet replaced Cabaye so bringing him back would solve that particular problem.
Yohan Cabaye – while at Newcastle
He’s now 29 and it was four years ago when he first arrived on Tyneside from Lille for a €5M buyout clause in his contract.
This is what Yohan has said about his future to Infosport:
“There is a situation now where I have not had the playing time that I hoped for.” “My representatives are working to find the best solution. In the future, what’s important is to play every weekend.”
“The Premier League is a league I like, the country too.” “There may be an opportunity, as there may be others. The important thing is that I will think carefully and make the best decision.”
His decision to leave Newcastle in retrospect was not a good one, and Yohan himself pushed for a move away from Newcastle, initially to Arsenal in the summer of 2013 when he went on strike, and then in the following January when PSG showed an interest in him.
Newcastle rather foolishly let him leave in mid-season 18 months ago, and that coincided with a slump in Newcastle’s form as we lost seven of the last eight games of that season, although for five of those games Alan Pardew was banned from the touchline and John Carver was in charge of the side.
And we only just managed to cling onto 10th place – only our second top ten finish under Mike Ashley.
We really have to learn from that experience and not sell one of our best players unless we have a replacement who can be brought in – maybe Mike Ashley is finally seeing money isn’t everything – certainly not in football.
So it’s probably doubtful that Newcastle would be interested in bringing Yohan back, especially when PSG will try to recoup most of the £20M they paid Newcastle for the player.
And Crystal Palace may be able to take Yohan Cabaye to London, unless a bigger club becomes interested in the French International, which is possible, because Yohan showed he was a very good Premier League player at Newcastle.
In fact his career soared on Tyneside for 30 months, and when he left it went downhill rather quickly – maybe a lesson to other players wanting to leave the club?
What do you think?