Yohan Cabaye’s arrival in SE25 was looked upon as the signing which would catapult the club to a new level in the final third, but it is in another aspect of the game that the Frenchman has shone brightest so far.
Incredibly, 11 games into the 2015-16 season, Yohan leads the Premier League in interceptions with 40, one ahead of Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny who occupies second place. He also tops the Palace table in terms of tackling, having made 35 to date, which is 17 more than Jason Puncheon in second.
Of course, he remains the club’s leading scorer, thanks in no small part to the number of penalties we’ve won, as well as holding the highest pass completion percentage of any player with more than 900 minutes under their belt with 86%, but in many ways, these latter facts are what we all expected from the former PSG man when he first arrived, whilst the first batch have come as an extremely pleasant surprise to many.
It’s difficult to place a tangible measure on the impact Cabaye has on our team when he plays, but there is absolutely no doubt that his presence in the centre of the park adds a degree of bite to the efforts of those around him. You can’t help but be spurred on by his tigerish work-rate from the stands, leaving those who compete alongside him professionally obliged to up their game a notch or two.
It is his will to win at all costs, coupled of course with his fantastic footballing abilities which has made him such a firm fans’ favourite at Selhurst Park already. Unlike so many players, the statistics prove that his game is one which is unlikely to blow hot and cold, given the varied contribution he offers in both the attacking and defensive third of the pitch each week.
A full statistical breakdown of Yohan’s season to date can be seen on the link attached above. Have a look; it makes for extremely impressive reading.