Yohan Cabaye has been reflecting on his time in England.
The midfielder having taken the decision in the summer to leave Palace once his contract was up, for one last big payout in the Arabian Gulf League.
Still only 32, you think he could have played at a far higher level for one more season, but instead chose to take the cash when signing for Al Nasr.
They finished fourth last season but find themselves 12th of 14 at the minute, Yohan Cabaye having scored once in nine league starts.
A person who holds special memories for the midfielder is a certain Alan Pardew.
Cabaye playing under him at both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.
He praises Pardew for giving him the chance to play in the Premier League but considering he had almost zero say on signing players, maybe it should be Graham Carr that Yohan Cabaye should be thanking.
One thing the Frenchman is sure of, is that Alan Pardew was ‘amazing’ when it came to taking care of his players.
The 32 year old also saying that his former manager’s ‘speeches’ made the difference before matches and it was ‘special’ how Pardew could motivate players.
Newcastle fans though will remember more a manager who didn’t exhibit much class when he was at St James Park.
Whilst on the pitch, that fifth place stands out amongst a sea of mediocrity and some alarming runs without winning.
With Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas, Coloccini, Krul, Simpson, Ben Arfa and others at the club in that 2011/12 season, it is maybe looking back more understandable that it wasn’t exactly a fluke as to why Newcastle could have had such a good season.
Yohan Cabaye talking to The Mail:
“Alan (Pardew) is an important person for me; he gave me the chance to play in England and that is something I will never forget.
“He always tried to know if you were OK both in and outside football, to be in the best mentality to play.
“For him, he knows that is something that is really important.
“Alan Pardew always took care of his players and especially for me that is something he was amazing at.
“There are some games where his speeches made the difference.
“The way Alan Pardew could motivate his players was something special.
“Against Manchester United in that first season he gave me some strong words and as a player when he tells you those words that can give you extra power and energy.
“It is not easy to adapt yourself to English football, it is totally different to French football I am proud of my time there and in France and also with my national team.
“I worked really hard to have those memories and in my time here, I can only be proud of what I have done.
“There are some good, good memories: the FA Cup final in 2016, the year we finished fifth with Newcastle and playing in the Europa League will stay with me.”