Yohan Cabaye couldn’t have wished for a better debut in a Crystal Palace shirt, playing 90 minutes and scoring the final goal in an opening day win for the Eagles.
Tigerish in the tackle and constantly ready to receive the ball, the Frenchman fully embraced the challenge of yesterday’s tie at Carrow Road, pushing himself and the team on from the centre of the park throughout.
Clearly trusted implicitly by his manager, Yohan will be pivotal to our chances of kicking on from last season’s tenth placed finish, but if yesterday’s performance is anything to go by, he won’t struggle to readjust to the Premier League.
Speaking to the club’s official site after the game, the former PSG playmaker said:
We won the game but it wasn’t simple. It’s a tough place to come and play our football and for me Norwich did well. They were sharper than us but more importantly we won the game.
Three points for me is the best way to start the season because after this we have some big games so it was important to get the points today.
When they got it back to 2-1 they made it difficult for us and we were under pressure but we stuck together and fought to keep the score in our favour and at the end we scored a third.
I was happy to get the goal – I wanted to start well because it’s a new season with my new team so I think it was the best way to start, especially as last season wasn’t simple for me. Now I want to focus on Palace and do my best for the team and for the club.”
Far from giving the impression of a man with a big ego, Cabaye seems to be desperate to gel well with his new teammates, working hard wherever he can to bring the team together around his play.
Whilst his goal will be what most remember about his first outing in a Palace kit, for his manager and our supporters, the link he provided between defence and attack will provide a lasting memory.
Next weekend will see him tested against one of the frontrunners for the Premier League title in the shape of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, not that he’ll be the slightest bit fazed by the task ahead.
We’ve got a top class player on our hands.