Two Former Magpies Together Again At St-Etienne

Former Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye has joined good friend, and former Magpie Matthieu Debuchy, at St-Etienne. Here is the St-Etienne announcement which also mentions that both played together at Newcastle.

Yohan will join Mathieu Debuchy at their third club together. Both were teammates originally at Lille before eventually joining up at Newcastle.

Cabaye joins St-Etienne on a free after his contract with Al-Nasr in the United Arab Emirates Gulf League expired. He made 93 appearance with 18 goals and 14 assists for Newcastle from 2011 to 2014.

While Yohan was a very popular player on Tyneside, he forever tainted his legacy with some fans for his actions during the 2013-14 campaign. His head was infamously turned that summer due to an Arsenal bid that Newcastle had rejected.

He never regained his former zeal for the club before ultimately moving to PSG that January. Newcastle failed to secure a replacement leaving the squad desperately short for the remainder of the season.

However, prior to his final season, he was easily one of our best players. He put in some terrific performances for the club and was key to us finishing fifth in 2012.

In retrospect, Cabaye was frustrated with the club’s lack of ambition. When a more ambitious club came in for him, he wanted to leave. He could have handled the situation better but we can understand his desire to move.

However, it did not work out for him as PSG started collecting world-class players, and Cabaye eventually moved to Crystal Palace just over a year later in 2015.

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