Yohan Cabaye recently sealed his £10 million switch to Crystal Palace, however the former Newcastle United man moving to Palace is further evidence that the grass isn't always greener for the players who move on from the Magpies.
There have been a few examples of this over the past few years from former Newcastle men. Players such as Andy Carroll, Demba Ba, Shay Given and now Yohan Cabaye have all left Newcastle for bigger clubs only to eventually end up at a lesser team.
Andy Carroll left Newcastle in January 2011 for £35 million to Liverpool. Carroll struggled in his tenure at Liverpool scoring just six goals in 18 month at Anfield. As a result of this he was sent to West Ham on loan where he once again struggled, but the Hammers thought his potential was good enough to warrant a permanent switch to the Boleyn Ground.
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Since he moved to the Hammers on loan in 2012, Carroll has scored 14 goals. Only 14 goals in three years is very poor form.
Demba Ba left Newcastle to go to Chelsea in January 2013. He did quite well for the Blues but rarely played in the first team, he was very much the second choice striker at Stamford Bridge.
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Grass isn't always greener
As a result, he left to go to Besiktas of the Turkish league. He now plays for Shanghai Shenhua. Shay Given and Cabaye have both done the exact same thing. They have gone to a big team and failed, ending up at a smaller club. Given went to Manchester City and now plays for Stoke and the latest example, Cabaye, went to PSG and now plays for Crystal Palace.
This all proves that the grass is not always greener on the other side for the players of Newcastle.
The Magpies have a habit of making the career of players a lot bigger, massively boosting their profile. The players all end up leaving for bigger things but failing in their conquests in life with a massive team.
This all shows that Newcastle must be doing something right in what they do with their players, they make players who are good but not quite good enough for the Champions League, look that bit better. This results in massive profit for the Magpies but a downward spiral in the career of the players themselves.
Shay Given could possibly be excused because of his age but the other three just weren't quite good enough to make that step up.
All in all, Newcastle fans should be smiling. They have Georginio Wijnaldum and Aleksandar Mitrovic both on the verge of signing.
Plus, they don't have to watch their former players doing really well in the Champions League having left them. They just get to watch their former players fail and watch the money roll in.
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