“Yohan Cabaye is a superb signing for Crystal Palace. He is a quality player through and through,” he said.
Lee feels that the acquisition of the 29-year old, aside from his on-field qualities, is an indication of the clubs growing ambition and standing within the top flight.
“He could have had his pick of Premier League clubs to join, so this is a real coup for Palace and Alan Pardew.”
“It also shows the club are prepared to compete to sign the best players on the market.”
“Cabaye was great at Newcastle and always shows fantastic quality on the ball and at set pieces.”
“I am sure Pardew is aware of his qualities and in today’s market £10m is a snip for a player of his ability.”
£10 million is indeed a great price - should that turn out to be the final fee - and it begs the question: why weren’t more clubs in for him?
A missed opportunity
At 29-years old, the PSG man is no spring chicken but is in the prime of his footballing years and boasts an abundance of experience at the highest level.
His style of play isn’t one which typically suffers too badly with age and deep-lying playmakers with great passing ability tend to have long careers (see: Scholes and Pirlo).
Newcastle and West Ham were reportedly interested and he is a player that would have instantly added to both club’s first teams.
Cabaye's signing, should Palace manage to complete it, would be a huge statement of intent and could have more than a few clubs regretting their inactivity in a few months time.