The transfer window may have only just closed but Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye has given a long and extremely accommodating interview to L’Equipe amidst rumours of him moving to Marseille.
Whilst few have questioned the midfielder’s commitment to the cause in recent months, plenty of supporters have been left a tad frustrated by the former PSG man’s attacking output since arriving in SE25.
Memories of a fine run of form whilst at Newcastle led many to believe that Yohan would produce similar sorts of performances in red and blue, with his more defensive approach since arriving provoking a mild sense of frustration for plenty of the Palace faithful.
That, coupled with our worryingly poor form in the opening six months of the Premier League season has forced plenty of people to begin mentally preparing for a potential drop into the Championship by the time May rolls around, including Yohan himself if the above interview is anything to go by.
Whilst the France international doesn’t explicitly suggest that he wants a quick route out of South London should the worst happen, his affable responses to the interviewer’s leading questions are rather telling; calmly preempting any potential disaster by laying the groundwork for a move back across the channel if the stars happen to align over the summer months.
After seeing him pick up an injury in the opening stages of our humiliating defeat to Sunderland last weekend, fans remain in the dark over whether or not Cabaye will be fit to take on Stoke this Saturday but with doubt being cast over Luka Milivojevic’s involvement thanks to a continuing niggle over his work permit, we need as much help as we can get.
Yohan’s interview certainly doesn’t read like a rallying call to arms in our battle against relegation but after the last 12 months, I can’t say I’m particularly surprised.
Give it a read for yourself and let me know what you think. Perhaps I’m overreacting, it wouldn’t be the first time, let’s be honest.