Ahead of his Premier League debut for Crystal Palace, Yohan Cabaye had declared his love for Newcastle and suggested owner Mike Ashley's mentality was the key to him leaving the St James' Park.
But it was almost as though the Frenchman hasn't left England after he played his first league game for Palace, both impressing and netting as Alan Pardew's men beat Norwich City 3-1 at Carrow Road.
Just as Cabaye had pulled the strings during his time at Newcastle - before ensuring he was allowed to move to Paris Saint-Germain - he was all over the Canaries for Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. His late strike means he has now scored as many league goals for the Eagles as he did PSG...
It was a dream start to the league season for Crystal Palace, with Pardew himself breaking records as the manager to have won the most Premier League away games for the Selhurst Park outfit - already.
Even John Salako was delighted with Cabaye, hugging the Frenchman after the game and taking to Twitter to clarify just why he embraced the former Newcastle man. Here's how he and the Crystal Palace faithful reacted on social media to the 29-year-old's superb debut...
Yes get in there. Great Start. 3 points. Zaha and Puncheon class. Told Yohan he would score hence the cuddle after. Supporters incredible!!— John Salako (@JohnSalako) August 8, 2015
Quality result for palace today! Cabaye proves he is worth every penny #cpfc— Will Gascoigne (@WillGascoigne) August 8, 2015
Cabaye classy great goal but like the team today much much more to come once they get their match sharpness #cpfc— chris (@cpd32) August 8, 2015
And Newcastle fans also had their say...
Will everyone just stop crying about cabaye man? Mercenary who went on strike. #NUFC— Wayne S (@Sneddas15) August 8, 2015
Meltdown Cabaye scored.... Some of our fans are very silly. #nufc— Dean Ford (@Dean_F0rd) August 8, 2015