Crystal Palace have smashed their transfer record to bring Yohan Cabaye back to the Premier League. The 29-year-old arrives at Selhurst Park following a troubled time with PSG that saw him struggle to hold down a regular first team place. The move reunites Cabaye with Alan Pardew, who managed him during his time in charge of Newcastle.
SIGNING OF THE SUMMER?
Pardew's Newcastle sold Cabaye to PSG for a hefty £19 million back in January 2014. Now Pardew has brought the Frenchman back for £9 million less. Cabaye may have struggled in France, but this is understandable when you consider the quality of the players he was competing against. He showed at Newcastle that he is a quality midfielder, which makes him an excellent acquisition for Palace.
Cabaye played the best football of his career under Alan Pardew at Newcastle. His decision to make a surprising move to Palace suggests that the Englishman is a manager that he trusts. Thus there is definitely reason for fans to be very optimistic about this signing.
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£10 million for a proven Premier League player is good business. Put aside his time in France and his record is very respectable. In his final season at Newcastle he managed seven goals, before he departed in the January transfer window. The Frenchman has proven that he can score goals in England's top division.
The midfielder will bring an exciting creative influence to the centre of Palace's midfield. A midfield consisting of Cabaye, Zaha, Bolasie and Puncheon would be a threat to any Premier League defence. Cabaye could well be the final piece of the puzzle. After the excellent work Pardew has done the talk is of a top eight finish. After recruiting a top quality player like Cabaye such a feat could be a real possibility.
Palace may have performed superbly under Pardew but it still comes as a surprise that they have been able to capture such a top player with very little competition. £10 million is a fee that all the Premier League's top clubs could have afforded but it is tenth place finishers Palace who have got him. However, Cabaye could have improved a number of the Premier League's top clubs.
Francis Coquelin had an impressive break through season last campaign, but it's clear that Arsenal need to strengthen their midfield options for next season. 24-year-old Coquelin needs an experienced midfielder alongside him at the base of the midfield, to aid his development.
At 29, with bags of Premier League experience, Cabaye would certainly have fitted the bill. With Morgan Schneiderlin at Old Trafford, turning to Cabaye for a mere £10 million would have been a real coup for Arsene Wenger.
Following the departure of Steven Gerrard, the club is in need of a midfielder who can provide similar moments of inspiration. Jordan Henderson can not be tasked with filling the void on his own. Milner is a start, but it's unclear what his role will be.
Cabaye would have brought some much needed quality to the Anfield clubs midfield. He could have thrived with Liverpool's attacking style of play. With his age and experience he is a player that the youngsters at the club could have learnt from in the same way they did from Steven Gerrard.
Flops Paulinho and Etienne Capoue have both left the club during this transfer window. Suddenly Mauricio Pochettino's centre-midfield options are starting to look thin on the ground. Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb have both made successful breakthroughs but the youngsters are not enough for a club trying to break into the top four.
Both Mason and Bentaleb could have benefited from playing alongside an experienced head like Cabaye. The Frenchman would have provided goals from midfield, something Mason and Bentaleb struggle with. Cabaye's link up play with Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane would have been something to behold. Alas it will not happen.