According to L’Equipe this evening, Yohan Cabaye will end his 18-months at Paris Saint-Germain by signing a four-year contract with Crystal Palace tomorrow.
Negotiations have progressed rapidly over the past few days and after the two clubs agreed a fee which is mooted to be something between €14-18m, the ball was left in Cabaye’s court. It seems as if he has made the decision to move to Selhurst Park where he will link up with former manager Alan Pardew.
Just one goal and assist last season in 24 league appearances in an injury plagued campaign does not make impressive reading. Zero goals the season before that (albeit he signed mid-season) and two assists. But, as I said yesterday, it has not entirely been Cabaye’s fault I feel. Being played in a far more deeper role to the one he was accustomed to at Newcastle United where he had creative freedom has restricted his abilities. He has found himself down in the pecking order against the mainstay trio of Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta. And Javier Pastore was never going to be dislodged from that number 10 position with the form he was in.
The Frenchman needs to rediscover that form which brought him to the Parc des Princes in the first place. An undoubted professional but this was a severe case of player and club not connecting.
Best of luck YC!