Ex-Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has had a difficult start to life at PSG and is struggling to nail down a regular starting place this season.
He has only started four of PSG’s nine games since the beginning of this season and speaking to L’Equipe he expresses his feelings about the current situation.
“When I am on the pitch, I feel it is not perfect and that I often have to leave too soon. But I know the coach and staff have to make choices and I respect that.
“Have I spoken to Laurent Blanc? No. What do I tell him? I am 28 years old and not new to the job. But I am not satisfied with the situation.
“Am I completely happy? To be honest, no. It is a new situation for me, but I don’t complain. It is the first time I haven’t played regularly for my club.
Cabaye realises that not playing regularly with his club could lead to not having a big part in his national side either and that sometimes he misses his time in England with the Magpies.
“With the French team, if one day the national team coach decides to play me less because I don’t play often enough for my club, then I would need to take stock with my representatives.
“Do I sometimes miss England? Yes. Sometimes I think about it, but I immediately sweep that away because it would cause distraction. I am at the Parc des Princes and I need to find the right atmosphere.”
The club he left in January to join up with the Paris outfit are really struggling. Cabaye was a standout player for Newcastle and his departure is only another one of many factors why the Geordies are performing below par this season.
Alan Pardew’s side are performing badly in every area of the pitch but a midfield player with such vision and natural talent is a major loss for them in the spaces between midfield and attack.
Last season after Cabaye left it appeared to have a massive impact on Newcastle. They played 15 games between February and May winning just three and losing all the others including a humiliating 3-0 derby day defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Sunderland.
Although the form of this season and last can’t be solely put down to one midfield loss it has clearly had some kind of impact when looking at the team’s record. Some would also argue that it was due to the fact Newcastle had reached a safe survival position but the Geordie faithful will only be contented with a side challenging for the Premier League’s European qualification spots.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.