Photo: France international Yohan Cabaye makes Crystal Palace debut

Yohan Cabaye was linked with a host of clubs before joining Crystal Palace, including West Ham United, Southampton and former club Newcastle United.

Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye made his first appearance for the club on Saturday as he came off the bench during his new side’s 2-0 defeat against German outfit Union Berlin.

The France international became Palace’s record signing this summer, trading French champions Paris Saint-Germain for Selhurst Park in a deal lauded by Premier League observers.

The talented midfielder was linked with a number of English clubs, including Southampton, West Ham United and former club Newcastle United, as per the British editorial London24.

However, it was Palace who won the race for his signature, boss Alan Pardew using his previous working experience with Cabaye to his benefit as the Eagles stunned their rivals.

Having played little football over the past 18 months, the 29-year-old is evidently some way short of match fitness but Pardew seemingly wanted to give him a run out in their most recent friendly encounter.

With the scores locked at 0-0 in Berlin, Cabaye was one of a number of players to make a second-half appearance and his every touch would have been cheered back home by the Palace supporters.

In spite of the feel-good factor surrounding his introduction, Palace came unstuck in the second period as the hosts found the net twice through Steven Skrzybski, largely against the run of play.

Nonetheless, it was a key moment in the club’s history and one which the Selhurst Park outfit will want to look back on fondly as they bid to establish themselves as a solid Premier League side this coming season.

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