Yohan Cabaye left us almost two years ago for £20M when he joined PSG after he had even gone on strike in August of 2013 to try to force a move to Arsenal – who had just put in a bid for him.
But then in January of 2014 and not for the first time under Mike Ashley Newcastle sold our best player and didn’t bother replacing him.
One impact of that was that we lost seven of our last eight games of the 2013-2014 season after the players realized that money was more important than they were at Newcastle and team spirit was affected.
Yohan Cabaye – bought by Crystal Palace last summer
So given that history, it wasn’t all that surprising that we didn’t go after Yohan last summer when he was available from PSG after spending a miserable 18 months in Paris – mostly on the subs bench.
But Yohan is a player we have never replaced and he’s just the kind of player we are missing in today’s side.
While it’s all in retrospect – he would have been a great buy for us last summer and he’s now playing near his top form for his old boss Alan Pardew – who is now at Crystal Palace.
Just imagine today’s Newcastle side with Yohan in central midfield – we’d be a lot better.
And Palace could be bringing some players in during the January transfer window as an American investment company have agreed to invest up to £100M in the club and they’ve just given Palace £50M of that.
In fact the reports are that Pardew wants to sign another Frenchman who played for him at Newcastle – Loic Remy.
What Newcastle need to find is a similar player to Yohan – and then try to sign them either in January or in the summer.
We also expect Newcastle to invest some big money next month, but it could be difficult to get players in when we are again struggling against relegation.
That’s one reason it was important to beat Aston Villa on Sunday and also try to win our next two games at home to Everton on Saturday and at West Brom on Monday.
It’s an important transfer window for Newcastle next month and we need to not screw it up like we did last January.
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