The departure of Yohan Cabaye was always going to be a huge loss for Newcastle, but such is the talent and quality of the midfielder, it was always a case of when, not if.
The Newcastle board, those working above Alan Pardew, will have to strengthen this month if the club are to continue in their pursuit of European football. Mistakes have been made past windows, but losing an influential player of Cabaye’s calibre simply can’t be dealt with internally.
France has proven to be a good market for the club in the past and they may very well revisit the French league this month, with rumours suggesting a number of France-based midfielders are being lined up.
With only a few days left of the January window, these are six players who would be good replacements for Cabaye.