Newcastle United supporters haven’t had much to shout about in recent weeks and Mike Ashley’s history in the transfer market suggests they won’t be holding their breath over any potential signings this month, however, a recent report suggests that they have an ideal opportunity to re-sign Yohan Cabaye.
Samir Nasri has immediately settled into life at West Ham and vindicated the age-old adage which claims form is temporary and class is permanent.
Underwhelming spells with Sevilla and Antalyaspor thereafter hinted that the decision to sign the controversial Frenchman was ill-advised and unnecessary, but a pair of fine performances against Birmingham City and Arsenal hint that class is indeed permanent.
The same could therefore be said for Yohan Cabaye, a player who used to grace the turf of St James’ Park with a majestic touch of class that has been absent ever since he left for Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.
However, according to a recent report from France football, Cabaye has terminated his contract with Al-Nasr after little more than six months with the Qatari-based club, leaving the door open for the Magpies to bring him back to the north east this month.
The 33-year-old enjoys something of a heroic status on Tyneside after spending two and a half successful years with the club between 2011 and 2014.
During that time, Cabaye scored 17 goals and provided 10 assists from 79 Premier League appearances, helping Newcastle on their way to a 5th place finish under Alan Pardew in 2012.
Dictating the tempo of proceedings from the centre circle, Cabaye commanded a feeling of anticipation every time he cast his eye forward in search of an incisive through ball, giving supporters reason to believe that a Newcastle goal was about to arrive.
Naturally, his age would provide him with some limitations should he return to the club, with the physical demands of the Premier League restricting his ability to start on a weekly basis.
But his return would inject a sense of optimism back into the St James’ Park faithful which they are desperately lacking right now, and the fact he is available on a free transfer suggests that even Ashley will be tempted by the prospect of this potential deal.
Cabaye would provide a touch of class in midfield to boost Newcastle’s survival bid, so if he is open to the possibility of a return there’s no doubt Rafa should re-sign the popular playmaker this month.
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