Could Newcastle United return save Yohan Cabaye's career?

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Another injury setback to Yohan Cabaye forced him off against Metz on Friday and his poor performances could see him make a Premier League return.

It has not been the ideal season for former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Given another chance to start for Paris Saint-Germain on Friday night, the France international had to come off after 21 minutes, adding to a number of setbacks this campaign.

After the game, Laurent Blanc revealed that Cabaye had suffered a calf injury, but it was another comment that perhaps shed more light on why the midfielder hasn’t been able to perform at his best.

“Players in the post-World Cup year have a tough time physically," he said. 

After joining last January from Newcastle, Cabaye struggled to make his mark on the PSG midfield, but his performances were still to a decent standard, nothing compared to what he has shown in recent weeks.

Didier Deschamps continued to call him into the France team, but even there his quality was lacking and the performances fell short of the player that PSG signed almost a year ago.

The current form of Cabaye has led to reports that PSG would be looking to move the player on in January. It could be on an initial loan deal, but his time in the capital looks like it is coming to a premature end.

Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Roma have all been linked with a move for the 28-year-old. However if what Blanc is suggesting is true, even a move to another club might not be enough to save Cabaye’s season.

Fellow France international Blaise Matuidi has also suffered somewhat of an international hangover, but not to the same extent as Cabaye. On the other hand, you only have to look at the performances of Paul Pogba at Juventus to see the third member of the World Cup trio excelling this season.

Pogba is the youngest of three, with Cabaye the oldest. Pressure to perform in Paris, his ever-ageing legs and a severe lack of confidence seem to be the main issues for the former Newcastle United man.

Perhaps a return to the North East, with the Geordie fans behind him, is the only remedy for what Cabaye has lacked in the past 12 months.

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