The brilliant Cabaye stat which further enhances Palace boss Alan Pardew's glowing reputation

Alan Pardew

Yohan Cabaye has started life well in Crystal Palace colours.

Alan Pardew certainly knows how to get the maximum out of his players, both collectively and individually as Crystal Palace currently sit near the top of the Premier League table.

Since trading Newcastle United for South London, the former Charlton Athletic boss has transformed the Eagles into an attractive proposition capable of beating anybody.

Moreover, the club’s status has reached a new level altogether with the record signing of Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer a real eye-opener for things to come.

The French international has played under Pardew before at Newcastle, but his excellent start to the season further illustrates the unbelievable job the 54-year-old is currently undertaking.

  TeamTotal TacklesTackles per GameAppearancesMins Played
Yohan Cabaye C. Palace 24 3.43 7 601
Robbie Brady Norwich 23 3.29 7 630
Nemanja Matic Chelsea 23 3.29 7 584

Aside from the Eagles’ attacking strengths, for the large part of this season they’ve looked incredibly solid as a defensive unit and the energy levels are to be applauded.

As per the table provided by Opta, the creative Cabaye has more than contributed to his defensive work and currently tops the Premier League charts in terms of overall tackles.

The 29-year-old is very much a deep-lying playmaker in the mould of a Santi Cazorla, running the game with his excellent passing range and vision to spot his teammates’ runs in the final third.

Yet, Pardew has seemingly managed to get more out of him than any other manager before, as Cabaye’s average of 3.43 tackles won per league encounter is currently the best of his career.

As shown with the likes of Glenn Murray previously and now Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Cabaye, Pardew is fast becoming renowned as more than just a solid tactician but also among the very best motivational managers in the top flight.

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