Some Newcastle fans have been reflecting on ‘one of the best’ signings United have made in recent years follow the eighth anniversary of Yohan Cabaye’s arrival on Tyneside.
The 48-cap former France international joined the Magpies from LOSC Lille back in 2011, in a deal worth a reported £4.3million, with the midfielder noting at the time: “This is a fantastic move for me.
“I have enjoyed great times with Lille, but the time is right now to test myself against the best, and playing for Newcastle United in the Premier League does just that.”
He would go on to leave United for Paris Saint-Germain two-and-a-half years later, and bank the Magpies £14.7million in profit, having joined the Ligue 1 giants for £19million in 2014.
Before leaving, though, he formed a formidable partnership in the centre of the team with Cheick Tiote, and helped the club secure a fifth-place finish in the Premier League in 2012 and reach the Quarter-Finals of the 2012/13 Europa League.
The 33-year-old – who is currently without a club – even scored 18 times and assisted a further 14 while with us, including strikes against Manchester United in a 3-0 win, against Liverpool in a 1-1 and 2-2 draw, and a brace against West Ham United in what proved to be his final appearances for us.
Cabaye even wore the captain’s armband on ten occasions, and still has the admiration and respect of these Newcastle fans five years after leaving…