Yohan Cabaye’s first few months at Crystal Palace have been nothing short of a revelation. The Frenchman has settled straight into life in SE25 and in the interview attached below, he gives a real insight into why the transition from PSG to Selhurst Park has been so straightforward.
This interview with Yohan Cabaye paints a detailed picture of the man behind the name. Having arrived as Crystal Palace’s record signing last summer, there is still a huge appeitite for a glimpse into what makes the Frenchman tick amongst our supporters; something that this piece gets to the heart of straightaway.
In what is an extremely immersive discussion, the former Newcastle man makes a deliberate point of referencing the influence Alan Pardew had in convincing him to swap the bright lights of Paris for South London, after the two worked so well together on Tyneside. His comments on the boss are both comforting and exciting, when you consider the plans that the current owners have for the future of the club, with both Yohan and Pardew at the heart of it.
After touching on the fantastic welcome he has had from everyone at the club, Yohan then goes on to pay tribute to the support he and his teammates receive from the stands each week, heaping praise on the passion that the fans have for the football club. After playing for two huge clubs in Newcastle and PSG, Cabaye’s comments on Palace’s support are a testament to the atmosphere that we manage to generate, despite our lesser numbers.
Happily discussing his tactical role within the side, Yohan muses about his passion for both the defensive and attacking aspects of his work in midfield. Despite being looked upon as more of a number 10 by many in the game, his time with us has seen him adopt a deeper lying position more frequently than many would have first expected; a shift which he has been more than happy to embrace.
The final section of the interview sees the French international dissecting his chances of success this season, both domestically and internationally, given the looming presence of Euro 2016 over the summer. Having made no secret of his desire to get regular game time at Palace in a bid to force his way back into the French starting XI, things are certainly looking good for Yohan of late.
It’s an interview that is well worth a few minutes of your time.