Despite tasting defeat for the second time in his Palace career yesterday, Yohan Cabaye showed exactly why Alan Pardew forked out a club record fee to sign him from PSG.
More than happy to receive the ball to feet at every opportunity, the Frenchman set the tone for a truly imperious individual display from the very first minute, scampering across the pitch with the enthusiasm of a newborn puppy chasing a stick at every turn.
Gloriously composed in possession, his eye for a pass allowed the attacking foursome of Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie and Sako to bomb on ahead, safe in the knowledge that, should a pass be available, Yohan would make it. Whilst we’ve often had players who can play similar balls once or twice a game, the midfield maestro can be relied upon throughout 90 minutes, enhancing our attacking play immeasurably.
Admittedly, we knew that the former Newcastle man could dictate the pace of play when he first arrived from the French capital, but his tigerish work-rate and general will to win have come as a beautifully unexpected surprise to so many of our fans. Chasing back to help the defence whenever necessary, his first two months in red and blue have been above and beyond what anyone could have expected.
You can never be sure how long videos like the one above will remain online after a game, such is the power of the Premier League’s legal team, but for now, you have the chance to revel in Cabaye’s stunning individual display for as long as you see fit.
Take a few minutes to watch the little magician in action; you won’t be disappointed.