Yohan Cabaye was a wizard for Newcastle United during his 2 1/2 seasons on Tyneside. The French midfielder scored 18 goals in 93 appearances, spearheading many memorable moments including a goal that lifted the Magpies to their first Old Trafford win in 30-plus years.
Cabaye’s final four months in the Premier League, however, was marked by controversy. First he left the squad shorthanded for an August titl against Manchester City with a transfer holdout, and he eventually left the country for a $30 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.
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But playing time and production at PSG has been hard to come by for 28-year-old, as he’s scored just twice in 35 appearances.
And former NUFC player and current Evening Chronicle columnist Olivier Bernard said Cabaye will be sold in January, with a Premier League return in the offing.
He will be back in England in January, absolutely no doubt. He will come back to the Premier League and he will already be looking for a club to join that will get him the games that he needs to guarantee him a place in the France squad.
Will that be with Newcastle? Well you can never rule anything out in football, but they will be very lucky to get him in January. If they do it will probably mean that there isn’t an offer from one of the clubs that is playing in the Champions League.
He loved his time here and I’m sure he wouldn’t rule it out completely – but I think it will be to go somewhere like Arsenal or even Liverpool, two teams that probably need a player who can play in that role that he occupies.
It’s not like the Gunners are begging for midfield talent, but Liverpool could certainly be a tempting spot for Cabaye. Everton might also be a neat fit for the Frenchman, potentially keeping him in Europe.
To be honest, the league is better with Cabaye in it. Let’s hope Bernard’s gut is true.