Yohan Cabaye returns to St James Park for the first time since his January 2014 move to PSG.
A few trophies (and not many more appearances) later…Yohan was reunited with Alan Pardew, only this time at Selhurst Park.
Whilst we all (apart from Mark Lawrenson!) know what kind of reception the former manager will get in his first match back at Newcastle, the response to Yohan Cabaye will no doubt be mixed.
A player who did very well for Newcastle United but who then went on strike before eventually forcing a move.
Rumours abounded that Newcastle could sign Yohan Cabaye in the summer but at 29 years of age the belief of fans was hollow, with Mike Ashley continuing to pursue the dream of buy young/sell at big profit, with a 19 year old, two 20 year olds, a 22 year old and a 24 year old recruited instead.
Newcastle fans (at least some/most?) were left disappointed and Palace fans ecstatic that their club had bought such a name player for a club record fee.
So was Mike Ashley or Pardew and Palace proved right…?
Here are some season stats that South London Press compiled ahead of today’s game:
Yohan Cabaye has made 984 successful passes, way ahead of any other Palace player.
Yohan Cabaye has made 113 interceptions, Pape Souare is next best with 71, a massive 42 behind Cabaye
Yohan Cabaye has won 75 tackles, this is 25 more than Joel Ward, who is his next nearest challenger.
Yohan Cabaye has created 49 chances, which is second only to Jason Puncheon’s 54.
Yohan Cabaye has had 1,832 touches, second only to Pape Souare’s 1,916 touches.
Cabaye runs between nine and 11 kilometres per game and went beyond the 262km point after Palace’s 1-0 defeat to Leicester in mid-March – at that stage only Scott Dann (268km) had clocked up more.
For Crystal Palace this season – 37 Goals 6 Assists 2.
For Newcastle – 93 Goals 18 Assists 14.
You decide who got the better deal….