The one summer signing I’ve most been looking forward to seeing in action is Yohan Cabaye.
I’ve banged on about him often enough, and while others have questioned his ability to settle and adapt to life in the Premier League I, along with others, have always maintained that he won’t have a problem. His game is, was, and always has been, suited to Premier League football.
And that thankfully seems to be the case as Cabaye has put in a couple of decent performances at the start of his Premier League career. There has been nothing “headline grabbing” although that would have changed had his 30-yard shot against the Mackems been just an inch or two lower. Instead it’s been steady away for the French international who is starting to show us what he is made of.
Some interesting stats for your delectation regarding Cabaye’s performances so far. In his first match against Arsenal he put in more successful tackles than any other player in the Premier League. In his second match against Sunderland he made more key passes than any other player in the Premier League, and whilst he wasn’t top of the tackle chart on this occasion he did get stuck in when he had to and put in the tackle. Just ask Phil Bardsley!
Whilst I can’t condone that tackle it’s worth pointing out that the vast majority of his stuff was well timed unlike a certain Lee Cattermole who is so late at times it looks as though he is playing in a different timezone!
It’s early days in the career of Cabaye but I’ve been quietly impressed about the start he has made, and with room and time to improve we could end up with a real player on our hands.
It’s all part of our midfield strength in fairness, and with Yohan Cabaye and Cheik Tiote in the middle, and when both hit peak form and fitness, we could have some midfield on our hands. A tough-tackling, ball-winning, passing, fluid midfield featuring two players who will run, chase, harass and make things tick. I’m looking forward to seeing that partnership develop.
What do you think of Yohan Cabaye though? I’m not asking anyone to judge him after just two league games and I’m certainly not suggesting that he has been outstanding, but I do think he has made a good start and believe that there is much more to come from him.
Impressed or not so far? I know I am.