Alan Pardew has compared the trust he has in summer signing Yohan Cabaye to that which Sir Alex Ferguson used to have in Roy Keane at Manchester United.
Looking back on what was a stunning individual display by the Frenchman in our 2-0 victory over West Brom, the Palace gaffer had nothing but praise for the former PSG man, admitting that he persuaded Steve Parish to break the club’s wage structure completely bring him to SE25.
For many, the deal which saw Yohan choose Crystal Palace is still a tad baffling, but, sitting in a Champions League place as we head into this week’s international break, there are few who would argue with the claim that we’ve looked every inch a top six side in the opening rounds of Premier League fixtures.
Given the fact that we will now face games against the likes of West Ham, Sunderland and Newcastle at home over the next six weeks or so, there is every reason to believe that Alan Pardew and his players can continue their fine form between now and Christmas, spearheaded by the unmistakable quality of Yohan Cabaye.
For us, Cabaye’s presence in the centre of midfield brings a sense of calm which has been seldom seen before at Selhurst Park. Startlingly comfortable in possession and deliciously tricky in the final third of the field, his game is one which forces even the casual observer to sit up and take notice, allowing us all to see why Pardew was so desperate to nudge the board into breaking the wage structure to accommodate his talents.
He’s been a cut above the rest since arriving in South London, which, given his career to date, should come as no surprise. Let’s just hope and pray that he remains injury free for the rest of the season.