Despite beginning the 2015/16 campaign in rather assured style for Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace this season, Yohan Cabaye has nonetheless looked a shadow of his former self in the Eagles starting XI since the turn of the year, yet has subsequently seen his name linked with a surprise move away from Selhurst Park in the summer.
The vast majority of the Crystal Palace first-team squad have been distinctly short of their best in recent weeks, truth be told, but as Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have reportedly registered a surprise interest in landing the 30-year-old former France international for the upcoming league campaign, the ex-Newcastle United and PSG star could find himself departing south London far sooner than most expected.
So then, would the technically gifted central-midfielder really represent a shrewd capture for the Reds this summer, or does this particular transfer rumour remain little more than loose paper-talk and pure speculation at best?
Well, whilst Cabaye has admittedly dropped off the boil rather considerably for Crystal Palace in their last few league outings, this is a player who remains worthy of the relevant attention to likely come his way over the summer transfer period. When Cabaye first arrived as an Eagles player, his high profile introduction at the club was supposed to usher in a brand new era for Alan Pardew’s side – one that would eventually turn the plucky outfit from little more than top-ten hopefuls, into a side that could easily challenge for European qualification in the not too distant future.
But after a succession of ill-timed injury concerns and a subsequent dip in form, Crystal Palace have now edged closer to the once distant threat of relegation, with their hopes of finishing in the top half of the English top-flight all but over.
Reports detailing Yohan Cabaye’s growing discontent with his current employers have therefore drawn great traction in recent weeks – and even if such stories remain relatively unfounded within the grand scheme of things, that hasn’t stopped the French midfielder from receiving further interest from some of Crystal Palace’s major Premier League counterparts.
On his day, this is a player who certainly knows how to impress his respective fan-base. When it comes to finding his team-mates with excellent vision all across the pitch, linking-up rather effectively with his attacking colleagues inside the final third, and also cropping up with his fair share of goals here and there on most given occasions – Cabaye usually seems to get the job done in somewhat stylish fashion to say the very least.
He may have failed to hit the ground running down at Selhurst Park since the turn of the year, but make no mistake about it, the former Lille man could certainly serve to improve the current Liverpool ranks, regardless of the distinct gap in status and prestige between the two Premier League clubs.
This particular switch will simply hinge on one major factor – the all-important transfer fee. Should Palace be demanding an extortionate amount for Cabaye this summer, then Liverpool really should opt to look elsewhere with all things considered. There’s no need for Klopp to break the bank on ageing players while several other emerging younger alternatives remain available for discussion this summer.
But if the Eagles nonetheless see fit to let the former Newcastle United favourite depart Selhurst Park in rather unceremonious circumstances at the end of the season, then perhaps the Reds would be wise to make their move after all. Cabaye is a top player on his day of course, as well as someone who would easily strengthen the Reds’ ranks in 2016/17.
So then, whilst this specific transfer still feels somewhat unlikely to take place if we’re all being honest with ourselves, maybe Liverpool could be tempted to move for the composed French midfielder.