Since leaving Newcastle United, the career of Yohan Cabaye hasn’t quite hit the heights he would have been hoping for. Despite this, he has a chance of Wednesday night to forget the troubles of this season and become Paris Saint-Germain’s hero at the Parc des Princes.
The suspension of Italian Marco Verratti and injury to Thiago Motta have opened up a few spots in the PSG midfield. Usually Laurent Blanc may turn to David Luiz to play that role, like he did against Chelsea, but the Brazilian isn’t fully fit either, so that would be a huge, unneeded risk.
Cabaye has made 10 league appearances from the start, another nine off the bench, but with only one goal and one assist, it has been far from a positive season.
On Wednesday night, he will play beside the outstanding Blaise Matuidi and the inexperienced Adrien Rabiot. Matuidi will need Cabaye to be the experienced anchor If they wants to push forward in his usual impressive way, but he will be even more important to how Rabiot performs.
This is one of the biggest games of the young midfielder's career. After the early season contract problems he has done well in the league when called upon. Up against the likes of Andres Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic with the threat of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez never too far away, he will be asked questions like never before.
Rabiot will need Cabaye to shake off the cobwebs and play the way he did for Lille and Newcastle United. He needs to be the one that ushers traffic, shows his experience as a France international and helps shepherd the young midfielder.
If Cabaye steps up on Wednesday night, he could still have a future at PSG – if not, it could be the end of the line.