Yohan Cabaye found himself back amongst the goals for France last night as they cruised to a 4-0 victory over Armenia in Paris.
The Palace midfielder had been worried about his place within Didier Deschamps squad ahead of Euro 2016, having struggled hugely for regular games whilst at PSG, but his move to SE25 has reignited the spark that many feared he was beginning to lose.
Seen as pivotal to our chances of success by boss Alan Pardew, Yohan’s confidence is as high as ever, with his goal in last night’s friendly acting as a shining example of the shift in his state of mind.
Far from a routine tap-in, Cabaye picks the ball up on the edge of the penalty area before whipping a low shot off the right-hand post and passed the helpless Armenian goalkeeper, giving the hosts a 2-0 advantage that would be doubled before full-time thanks to a brace from Real Madrid frontman Karim Benzema.
Given the fact that France will host this summer’s tournament, there is a degree of uncertainty over their readiness for competitive fixtures against Europe’s best teams, but for now, all signs point towards a positive few weeks for the 2000 winners.
Should Cabaye continue to perform as well as he has in the opening few weeks of the campaign at club level, you would assume that his place within Deschamps squad would be a racing certainty, but goals in your national team’s colours will always help, particularly when they’re as well taken as the effort referenced above.
It still feels a little odd to see a player of Cabaye’s calibre on our books, but his work-rate and general class on the ball has already made him a hero to those who frequent Selhurst Park from week to week. Put quite simply, he’s a cut above the rest.