A lot of Crystal Palace supporters are raving over former player Yohan Cabaye after fan Jason Cadle asked the Eagles faithful whether he was a ‘hero’ or ‘zero’ in their eyes.
The Frenchman’s arrival was a real sign of intent when he was signed in the summer of 2015 for £12.51 million from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain, per Transfermarkt. It looked like the club were trying to highlight that they were not just in England’s top flight to avoid relegation but to push on and make a name for themselves in the division.
Was Cabaye the club's best signing since they returned to the Premier League?
He scored against Norwich City on his debut for the Eagles and this added to the expectations, but he continued to to be a great player in the middle of the pitch for the club and oozed a quality that fans had not seen for a while. He went on to make 109 appearances for the South London side, scoring 10 goals and picking up six assists, per Transfermarkt.
He wasn’t in the team for goals or assists, but more so to help both the defence and attack, and his statistics highlight how good he was at both as in his three seasons at the club he made on average 3.2,(2015/16) 1.9,(2016/17) and 2.3 tackles a game (2017/18), whilst also averaging 1.5, (2015/16), 1.1, (2016/17), and 1.2, (2017/18) key passes per match, via WhoScored.
Clearly fans understood how crucial a player he was in the squad judging by their replies to the tweet, with one even describing him as an “incredible signing”:
One of the best to ever wear a Palace shirt. Sometimes you just don’t realise how good a player is until he’s gone.
Cannot remember a Palace player dictating play like he did for us. He was our heartbeat.
— carl (@Carl_Unofficial) May 19, 2020
Hero for so many reasons. Probably one of our best players of the last decade.
— Samuel Jordan (@samuelpjordan) May 19, 2020
Hero. One of the best players ever to play for us.
In my all time 11 going back to 1970.
Privilege to watch him play for our club.
— Lee (@Nelson_Muntz23) May 19, 2020
Absolute hero. One of the best players to pull on the shirt.
— Steve F (@UpperTierSteve) May 19, 2020
Absolute hero. Was a big statement from the club that we were in the Premier League to stay this time
— Stephen Thatcher (@StephenTCPFC) May 19, 2020
We haven’t yet replaced this Hero.
— Angela (@angela_vince) May 19, 2020
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