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Yohan Cabaye suddenly becomes unexpected free agent – Deal until end of the season at Newcastle United?

3 years ago

Yohan Cabaye has suddenly become a free agent.

The former Newcastle United midfielder saw his contract end in the summer at Crystal Palace and chose to move to Arabian Gulf League side Al Nasr.

Knocking back a new Palace deal after making 31 Premier League appearances for them in 2017/18, Yohan Cabaye instead signed a two year deal with the Arabian Gulf League side.

He played 18 times for the club in the first half of their season and scored twice.

They are on a mid-season break currently and on Sunday night Al Nasr dramatically announced that they had come to an agreement to release Yohan Cabaye only months into his two year deal.

Al Nasr revealed that fellow summer signings Samuel Rosa and Marquinhos Gabriel were also been released early.

Yohan Cabaye is now a free agent and able to sign for another club, so would a move to Newcastle United be good for both player and club?

Ki Sung-yeung is away until February with South Korea at the Asian Cup and has had a hamstring issue that forced him off in their first group game and ruled him out of the second.

Meanwhile Jonjo Shelvey hasn’t been able to start a game for 11 weeks now due to a thigh problem and has made trips to Barcelona to see a specialist to try and get to the bottom of the problem.

Mohamed Diame is also out injured now and Rafa Benitez had no alternative but to give Sean Longstaff his first ever Premier League start on Saturday.

Longstaff playing alongside the only other currently fit central midfielder, Isaac Hayden, who has said once again this window that he is desperate to leave Newcastle.

With the crucial relegation clash against Cardiff on Saturday, fans are wondering just who Rafa can play against Blackburn on Tuesday night in the FA Cup replay, maybe not even being able to risk Hayden and Longstaff.

Yohan Cabaye left Al Nasr only hours before turning 33 today (Monday) and as for fitness, he was playing as recently as 28 December before the mid-season break, so would be ready to play immediately.

With any chance of paying sizeable money for players seeming as far away as ever, plus Newcastle having already their quota of loan players from other Premier League clubs, surely a short-term move until the end of the season for Yohan Cabaye should be backed if Rafa wants to go for it.

In two weeks time it will be exactly five years since Mike Ashley pocketed £20m when selling Yohan Cabaye to PSG. Killing yet another season by not allowing any of that cash to be spent in January 2014.


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