Published on Friday, 24 January 2014 17:06 | Written by Dan Lloyd | Hits: 1629
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If there has been one story floating around Newcastle United for the past year or so, it is that Yohan Cabaye is on his way out of St. James' Park for a club that can provide him Champions League football, with Paris St. Germain, Manchester United and Arsenal all mooted destinations. But would it be beneficial to the Toon to sell their star man? Let's delve deeper.
Would Yohan Cabaye benefit if he was sold in January? No, I don't think he would. At Newcastle, he is undoubtedly the best player on the books, but at any other club he has been rumoured to go to, he would not be. At Arsenal, he would have to compete with Wilshere, Ramsey and Ozil, and while he would likely start, he would not be the person everyone comes to watch. At Paris St. Germain and Manchester United, he would arguably be the best central midfielder, but once again, could fall down the pecking order especially considering PSG want to swoop in for ex-Man Utd man Paul Pogba, and with the World Cup just around the corner, is it really worth risking his place in the French national squad?
Would the move be beneficial to Newcastle United? This is a much trickier question. Arguably, it would be good business for Mike Ashley and company as they would be getting over £20m for a player who has just turned 28. They would realistically only get a few more good years from him. But letting him go in January would be terrible for NUFC. They have had a fantastic start to the season, beating the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs, whilst playing well away from home, which was their downfall last year. Losing Cabaye would lead to a massive drop in morale that the Geordies do not need right now. Very likely to spend the season coasting in 8th place, but with Cabaye and one or two signings, they could possibly challenge for Europe. Without him, they lose their main playmaker - a move that would see Loic Remy abandoned up the top of the pitch.
But with the expected exit of Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle have lined up a French replacement (obviously) in the form of Montpellier attacking midfielder Remy Cabella. No way Newcastle could hack having Remy and Cabaye with the purchase of Remy Cabella, it'd get too confusing.
Cabella started off as a winger, but has steadily moved into a more free roaming central role for Montpellier in recent times. With six goals and five assists to his name this season, he hasn't been doing badly for the former Ligue 1 champions. Montpellier president Louis Nicollin does not want to see one of his best young talents leave for Newcastle once again, after Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa left for the north east of England one year ago. Every few days Nicollin has spoken to the media about the supposed move and has been quoted as saying "Remy would be bored s***less in Newcastle.", as well as "They would have to pay us as much as Madrid did for Bale to land him in January."
The rumour is that Newcastle have tied up a deal for Cabella, but it will not happen until the summer, which would give Cabaye some time to evaluate his career on Tyneside before making any rash moves. Recently, he has been supposedly reconsidering his move to the French capital and that he was happy with Newcastle. Considering Cabella is four years younger than Cabaye, from a financial standpoint it would make sense to sell the player the Toon faithful have nicknamed "Dreamboat", and everybody knows how much Mike Ashley loves his money. There would be a serious backlash once again from the fans if he was sold as he has obviously hit a rich vein of form and is putting the rest of the country on notice with his displays.
In a perfect world, they could play alongside each other, but as to whether that will happen, we shall have to see.