Just how much is Yohan Cabaye worth to Newcastle? And just how much would he be worth to the Arsenal side?
It is safe to say he has won several admirers in the English game since his arrival from Lille in 2011 as he was the focal point of Newcastle’s surprise fifth place finish in 2011/12 as they chased a Champions Place for much of the season.
Arsenal tabled a bid in the region of £10m to try and prise him away from the North East but how would he fit into the Arsenal set up?
It seems that Cabaye possesses one signature pass – this is by no means his only quality, but possibly he is best. With him being such a good distributor of the ball, if there is a side that has any pace about it he can use that to the side’s advantage, especially against any side that tries to play a higher line.
Arsenal do have Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain who could capitalise on this kind of ball which would stretch any back line. But Cabaye is also a player who can control the ball, dictate a tempo plus have an eye for goal – and would go nicely alongside a player who can easily break up play.
Alan Pardew was furious over the timing of Arsenal’s bid saying it had turned the midfielder’s head – and was adamant that Newcastle would not have suffered such a heavy defeat against Manchester City had he been in the side.
It seemed he is valued as one of the most important players at St James’ Park, if not the most important.
For that reason Arsenal’s fee is far too small in the current market, and why they’re offering that kind of fee is a whole different issue. They may battle out with PSG, but the sense of desperation there seems to be around the Emirates Stadium for them to add to the squad, especially in the midfield means they are going to have to pay a sizable fee. And for the quality of player, he is worth at least another £5m – Newcastle fans may argue even more.
The problem is for Arsenal is that they would need someone else in the middle of the park who can break up the play well enough to allow Cabaye to control things, and the problem for Newcastle would be just how do they replace him? They would need to bring in two midfielders to fill that void.
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