After a disastrous start to his career at PSG, Yohan Cabaye has started to show signs of improvement for the French champions
Newcastle United were disappointed to lose midfield maestro Yohan Cabaye last winter. The Frenchman was the leader of their team and the €25 million they received didn’t quite replace the influence they had lost in the deal.
From the point of view of Paris Saint-Germain, the move made perfect sense. They picked up an international footballer, someone able to come in and give a rest to one of their established trio of Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Thiago Motta a well-earned break.
It made very little sense from the player's point of view. At 28, he went from being the big fish in a somewhat small pond, to a small fish in a large metropolitan pond. Luckily for the midfielder it didn’t cost him his place at the World Cup.
This season, his poor form has continued on from the end of the last campaign. He has struggled for opportunities in the first-team and then when he has been given an opening, more often than not he hasn’t grabbed hold of the chance.
After the international break, when Cabaye was lucky to keep his place in the France team, he looks to be finally turning the corner at the Parisian club.
Due to injuries he was given another chance against Lens, this time he put in a much better performance, even getting himself on the score sheet. It was a great goal, typical Cabaye strike from outside of the box, but something we have seen all too little of in a PSG shirt.
It is likely that Cabaye will get another chance to impress against Apoel Nicosia in the Champions League on Tuesday night. If the midfield can put in another positive performance against the Cypriot side, it will be another step towards the player finally gaining respect in the French capital.
Cabaye’s performances have to be good enough to convince them they don’t need to pursue Paul Pogba.
The former Lille player has seven months to prove his worth to PSG, if he can’t make a proper impact, the club from the French capital will hope to move him on in the summer.