After a frustrating seven months in Paris, Yohan Cabaye is ready to fight for a place in Laurent Blanc's starting XI.
When Yohan Cabaye made the €25 million move from Newcastle United to Paris Saint-Germain, it was deemed an excellent move from the French club, but many questioned why the player was making a move to a club that already had a well-established midfield. Especially with the 2014 World Cup ahead that summer.
Luckily for Cabaye, the move didn’t affect his place in the France team, but it did severely reduce his playing time during the second half of the season. After moving to Paris, Cabaye only started nine games for the French champions and he failed to displace any of first-team midfielders.
Cabaye struggled to get past Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi and Thiago Motta in the PSG XI, and it was something that many predicted before his move.
Speaking to French radio station RMC, Cabaye was unclear what the future held in Paris.
“It's difficult to know it I will have more playing time. I arrived here six months ago. Again, I'll play an entire season without any pre-season preparation. But my hope is to play as many games as possible."
He then said he would have to prove himself on the field. "I am ready to play as many games as possible. When I'm on the pitch I will give everything. Leave it to me. I am 100% invested in the project of this club."
Cabaye will be hoping that he can find a place in the side alongside his international teammate Blaise Matuidi. The duo has a good understanding from their time at the World Cup and during the qualification campaign.
Cabaye’s best chance of playing will either come through performances in the Champions League, or problems with Verratti’s disciplinary or Motta’s fitness.
The most important thing is that the French international has to take his chances when they come. If he can’t impress this season, the chances are that PSG will look to bring in a big name next summer.
Failure to win a starting place could see the Toon Army favourite having to find himself a new club next summer. Perhaps a loan move to the North-East wouldn't be out of the question.