A few hours ago, as mentioned in the previous article by Dan in fact, Yohan Cabaye finally put pen to paper and signed a deal that will see him at St James’ Park until 2016.
But hang on a sec, apart from watching him play a couple of times for France, what do we actually know about him? Yes I’ve seen some very impressive Youtube clips but remember the last time we saw an “amazing” player on Youtube, I give you Albert Luque… Hopefully this time around things will be different.
Anyway, Yohan started playing football at a very young age, and was already playing for a club at the ripe old age of 5. He stayed there for the next seven years and turned many a scouts head, however he displayed loyalty to his hometown and stuck with his team.
However at the age of 12 he was spotted by a talent scout for Lille who quickly made sure they snapped him up before it was too late. He progressed through the ranks of the youth system for six years until he finally made his club debut at the age of 18. This was actually by chance a game that I watched and at the time I remember being impressed by him and a striker who’s name slips my mind.
After some excellent displays he was almost instantly a first team regular for Lille, and in the 2009-2010 campaign he notched 15 goals from midfield which attracted widespread interest and caused a huge stir in many countries; however for whatever reason no-one was really aware of him over here.
Cabaye has also proved that he is capable of performing at the highest level by playing for the France Under 16’s all the way up to Under 21’s, and this season he made his first appearance for the senior national side and has played four times for them at the time of writing.
Keeping all that in mind and considering that we clinched the deal for £5 million, even the most pessimistic fan would have trouble arguing against this transfer.
Yohan who? Hopefully in the next 12 months his name will be on the lips of every commentator in the land, and of course, he’ll still be playing for the Toon.
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