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Are Yohan Cabaye woes simply a repeat of problem Euros brought on?

6 years ago

There has been much talk about why Yohan Cabaye’s form has taken a major nosedive this season, with major debate on both sides of the Channel and the majority of PSG supporters seemingly not caring if he leaves.

The debate in France has mainly centred around the impact on the national team, with the former Newcastle midfielder seen as a key player when they host the Euros in 2016.

However, within all of this, I haven’t seen a single mention of what could very likely be the most simple explanation for Cabaye’s form deserting him.

While it appears that he is used sparingly by PSG, the reality is that Yohan Cabaye played 41 times in total for Newcastle and the French club combined last season.

As well as the hassle of relocating both he and his family back to France, Cabaye finished the Ligue 1 season and then almost instantly was involved in the build up for the World Cup.

Everybody seems to have forgotten about the severe problems the player himself admitted having while at Newcastle, when dealing with a major international tournament and all of his club commitments. Cabaye talking about dealing with depression brought on by not having a proper break, something that other top sporting figures such as Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal had already pointed to.

This summer, dealing with a far bigger tournament in Brazil and the fact that he was seen as an ever bigger key figure in the French set-up – it would appear almost certain that this will have taken its toll.

This is what Yohan Cabaye had to say at the time about his problems while at Newcastle after the Euros;

‘Depression? I’m not afraid to say that it was that.

Reading the books of Jonny Wilkinson and Rafael Nadal was reassuring, they talked about post-competition depression and the need to have a break.

Euro 2012 was my first big international competition and it’s completely different than what you’d experience in daily life at your club.

I’d had a long season in a league where the pace is higher than in France. I started at Newcastle in early June 2011 and finished late June 2012, for the first time I didn’t have a winter break. So then to resume in July 2012 was very difficult, my body didn’t allow me to do what I wanted it to do.

When I woke up I still felt tired and I wanted to think about something other than football.

I’m lucky to earn a living through my passion but it was the right moment for a break. So my groin injury at the end of last year was maybe not such a bad thing, possibly that is why I was back earlier than expected.

I asked myself a lot of questions, if you haven’t experienced it (depression) you cannot understand.

My injury allowed me to have some rest and meet friends and family in Lille. When I returned to Newcastle in December I knew I felt better, though I never talked about it to anyone outside my circle of friends and family.

Physically I feel perfectly fine now and I’m keen to fight for the club. I want to give twice as much to help save the club from the drop and I want to prove to the fans that they can trust me and I can defend the Newcastle colours.’

I wouldn’t mind betting that if he is given the chance to bounce back, then Yohan Cabaye can be back to his best in the new year and where better than Newcastle United for him to do it?

I hope it becomes reality and we get to see Yohan back on top form on Tyneside, on and off the pitch.


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