There's a popular chant which suggests that Newcastle will have "a riot on their hands" if they dare to sell Yohan Cabaye, such is the adoration on Tyneside for the elegant midfielder. As he packs his bags for French shores after an impressive two-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League, Paris Saint-Germain fans have a new hero to worship. With an already packed centre of midfield including the talented Marco Verratti, France's Blaise Matuidi, battle-hardened veteran Thiago Motta and the promising Adrien Rabiot, some Parc des Princes attendees might be wondering what the point is in forking out on a €25 million (£20.6m) deal. In fact, influential figures at Les Parisiens such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva have reportedly registered their disagreement at adding the France international to PSG's project. But the pair - and every supporter - will come to realise the qualities that he can bring to the three-man midfield, even if it means sacrificing a familiar face from Laurent Blanc's line-up. Cabaye can bolster defensive confidence by dropping deep and dictating play from the back. The Frenchman is in his element when pulling the strings in midfield but also excels in protecting his defenders from being caught unawares on the counterattack or being overrun in the middle. His temperament is often lacking but, on the other hand, there has never been any doubt about his commitment in getting stuck in at St James's Park. What he adds to the attack is often more appreciated by pundits and fans alike. His vision on the ball is impeccable and strikers reap the rewards of his delicate through-balls. Similarly, his free kicks are among the most feared in the Premier League - whether it is a pinpoint, whipped-in cross from deep or 25-yarders flying into the top corner, he is rarely found wanting from a dead-ball situation. More recently, Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has given Cabaye licence to roam in a No.10 role which the 28-year-old has lapped up with relish. The way in which he made Manchester United's midfield look like lost puppies at Old Trafford - scoring the only goal after wreaking havoc between the lines - was testament to his talent.
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