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Obviously, Yohan Cabaye is a fine player who will be a great loss to Newcastle United. He can, on occasion, be an inspirational figure in the heart of midfield, while he has often acted as the creative hub of Alan Pardew’s side.
His departure, to Paris Saint-Germain, means far more of a downside to the Magpies than an upside for PSG.
First of all, the French giants aren’t short of talent in the heart of the midfield. To establish himself, Cabaye will need to see off the likes of Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi, Javier Pastore and Marco Verratti.
Even the prodigious Adrien Rabiot has received some game time and has made the most of the opportunities to have headed his way.
Secondly, the key ambition PSG should have is progress in the Champions League. Retaining the Ligue 1 title, despite the presence of some accomplished teams in the division, should be a given for a team with their resources and at this stage of their development.
It is in the European competitions where the capital club need to make a major statement of intent.
Is Cabaye the right man for this objective? While he has some European experience, with both Lille and Newcastle, does he have enough quality (and, at 28, enough room for growth) to truly influence the elite end of European competition?