Very few observers of European football would have seen AS Roma’s electrifying start
to the Serie A season coming. 10 wins from their first 10 games has not only put the Giallorossi firmly into the title race, but has put them on course to make a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2010/11, sitting nine points above Inter in fourth.
Such a great start to the season has prompted the American ownership to promise to make funds available for transfers in January. Roma manager Rudi Garcia has reportedly pin-pointed Yohan Cabaye as one of his principal transfer targets.
Garcia worked with Cabaye at Lille and is fully aware of the Frenchmen’s capabilities. This is a transfer which makes sense.
From Cabaye’s perspective, he has to leave Newcastle United. Roma are a more high-profile club that are involved in European competition, domestic cup finals and title races. Cabaye will be able to play in more high-profile big games, which provides a greater chance to compete for silverware as the James Pallotta-era begins to take stride.
A move to Roma would also enhance his opportunities to impress Didier Deschamps for a place in the French starting XI for the World Cup and the 2016 European Championships.
With Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi impressing all with their performances in the Champions League and top-of-the table clashes for Juventus and PSG respectively, Cabaye is at a disadvantage staying at a mid-table club in England.
Added to this that Geoffrey Kondogbia will almost certainly be in the Champions League next season with Monaco and has already shown that he is a man for the big occasion in the high-profile games in Ligue 1.
Mathieu Flamini’s re-emergence at Arsenal also makes him a contender for selection for the World Cup.
Cabaye moving to Roma would enhance his career. Players become tactically and technically stronger when playing in Italy’s top flight. Playing with Daniele de Rossi would be any midfielder’s dream, as De Rossi – a World Cup winner in 2006- is one of the most complete midfielders in the European game, with his undying love for Roma being something to behold.
Adding the likes of Alessandro Florenzi, Miralem Pjanić, Adem Ljajić and Michael Bradley means Cabaye would be playing in a midfield complementing his style and one that he can fit into and contribute to with distinction.
A hard-working midfield with the ability to create opportunities from nowhere and score goals themselves, Cabaye would be joining something special.
Francesco Totti’s ability to link-up play and get other players involved has led to Roma’s widemen and midfielders scoring goals.
And who wouldn’t want to play with Totti anyways? He is not a World Cup winner for nothing. Will we ever say the same thing about Papiss Cisse? It’s Highly unlikely.
Many members of the Cabaye fan club might point to other clubs as being perfectly-suited to the French midfielder and time will tell where he ends up. However, a move to Roma would be one move worth making.
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