Could Palace Fan Favourite Be Ready To Make A Suprise Return To The Club?

1 Posted by - January 14, 2019 - News

He’s only been gone a few months but after being released from his contract out in Dubai, Crystal Palace fans everywhere are clamouring for the club to re-sign midfielder Yohan Cabaye on a short-term basis until the end of the season. 

The Frenchman decided to walk away from contract talks with the Eagles at the end of last term despite a real desire on our part to extend his stay but now, at something of a loose end, I would imagine there is a part of his mind which would contemplate a short-term return to Selhurst Park. 

Given the depth we currently have in the middle of the field, not to mention Yohan’s age and the need for added quality elsewhere, there are plenty of reasons to argue against bringing him back but part of me can’t escape the feeling that his invention and intelligence around the penalty area has been sorely missing for us this term. 

Of course, his body was starting to go and he struggled to make it through a full 90 minutes; facts which will no doubt leave many wondering whether or not he’s up to making a comeback but with the team struggling so much in the final third, it’s difficult not to look back fondly at his eye for a pass which worked in our favour on so many occasions. 

I and I dare say thousands of others had hoped that Max Meyer was the man to fill the void left by Yohan this summer but so far, the German has been unable to make much of a mark in south London. I had envisaged him playing as the most advanced of a central midfield three with two of Milivojevic, McArthur or Kouyaté playing in a deeper holding role behind him before the season began but under Hodgson’s guidance that simply hasn’t been the case. As and when he’s been given the chance to play, Max has often been deployed in a wide role which quite frankly, he doesn’t suit at all. 

Whilst I can’t pretend to know more about the intricacies of the game than Roy, it does feel like a baffling and unnecessary misuse of Max’s skill set, particularly when we are crying out for a consistent creative force in the middle of the park. Had Meyer been used in that way, I can’t imagine I’d even be contemplating a return for Cabaye this morning but without that spark, it doesn’t feel like the worst idea in the world; at least we already know that Roy Hodgson trusts the Frenchman. 

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4 Comments

  • Mark January 14, 2019 - 8:02 am Reply

    Taking aside the obvious downsides you mentioned, from a footballing perspective we would look a much stronger unit in the midfield. Even if we could only get 60-70 minutes out of him, we would still have kouyate or meyer to take over.
    Big question would be the wages he’d want, but after freeing 4 wages up this month surely there must be some room?

  • tzcar January 14, 2019 - 9:01 am Reply

    no the big question is why are we in a total mess.look at watford are u telling me man for man they have a better squad.no.this club is all over the place.the players are no-where near filling their potential.a manager whose tatics are out of date.players not in their best positions.a chairman,whose great at corporate,but useless in the transfer window.there,s alot of stories about supposed players arriving.do they think we are stupid.there clearly is a massive void.look at bouremouth smaller club than us,how smoothly is that club run?unless things change very quickly we will be in deep trouble,sooner rather than later.

  • Ben January 14, 2019 - 9:56 am Reply

    Would love to see him back but personally can’t see it happening. What I can see happening though is that we are going to lose Max Meyer before to long. I think he has shown that when played in the correct position he has huge potential. Even in the few games he did play in that central role, his confidence grew each week. He must be really frustrated as I don’t think he has done much wrong and to be left on the bench week in and out isn’t really fair on him. Hodgson I think prefers to play Kouyaté who has a larger physical presence but to date this has been mediocre in my opinion. Give Max a longer run in the middle of the park.

  • Jose Fonte, baby? Jose Fonte, oh, oh, oh January 14, 2019 - 10:01 am Reply

    Given we have a good depth of central midfield options, is this really an area we need to strengthen? I’d rather give Riedewald more game time than sign someone on high wages who can’t player 90mins.

    Also, Freedman has spoken a lot about pathways for younger players into the first team. Given 3 of our best u23s are central midfielders (Kirby, Flannigan & McGregor) how does signing a 33 year fit into this pathway?

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