It has not even been a year since Yohan Cabaye left Newcastle United, but he is frustrated.
No, he is not frustrated at not playing for the Premier League outfit, but at how things are at Paris Saint-Germain at the moment.
The France international midfielder moved to PSG in January 2014 for a reported transfer fee of £19 million. It was a great move for him to return to his country, and playing alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi was a very exciting prospect.
Cabaye did play his role in PSG winning the Ligue 1 title last season, but he appears to be frustrated now. The 28-year-old is not guaranteed a regular place in Laurent Blanc’s starting line-up, and he is not happy playing a bit-part role for the team.
‘How do I live with being a starter with France and substitute with the club?’ he told L'Equipe, as reported by Sporting Witness. ‘I must accept, but that does not mean that I am resigned.
‘In training, I try to show that I'm here, I want to play. Because, yes, I want to play! I'm 28 years old, I'm not starting in the trade.
I will not change my style of play now. Besides, I do not want to. I have, in fact, been careful not to be forced, by circumstances, to change it.
‘There is a risk that I would come to outwit and not attempt to cross or a pass that will cut the lines. It is possible... But lately, I try not to ask myself questions’.
It seems that Cabaye is not willing to change his playing style to suit Blanc’s style and wants to be more involved.
Now, there is no doubt that Cabaye is a brilliant player, but he is not at the same level as that of Ibrahimovic, Lavezzi, Marco Verratti or Thiago Motta.
The reason why PSG signed the former Lille star in January was to increase the number of French players in their squad and to add more depth.
But since Cabaye is not happy and is unlikely to become a starter anytime soon, should he try for a reunion with Newcastle United?
Alan Pardew’s side have been struggling in the Premier League so far this season and are currently third from bottom. The Magpies have scored just seven goals and are severely missing the creativity of Cabaye.
Should Newcastle try to sign the Frenchman on loan in January? Based purely on footballing reasons, they should if they get the chance.
Cabaye has already played in the Premier League and knows English football inside out. He will arrive at St. James’ Park determined to play well again and his invention will be very useful.
Of course, just because Cabaye is not happy at PSG at the moment does not mean that he is going to leave. He could well stick around and try to convince Blanc to play him regularly. After all, with PSG he has the chance to win major titles this season, including the Champions League.