The shape of Tottenham’s Premier League campaign is starting to resemble that of a certain fruit, but if the London club are to turn things around, then signing Paris St-Germain’s disgruntled midfielder could be the catalyst.
Yohan Cabaye made a real impression in English football at Newcastle before earning what appeared every bit a dream move to the French champions.
However, things over at the Parc des Princes haven’t quite gone according to plan for the former Magpies maestro, who has been kept on the fringes of Laurent Blanc’s side, leading to a public outcry of frustration in October.
Naturally the situation is being monitored with eagle eyes by several of the Premier League’s top brass, understandably eager to profit from this break down in relations come January, but it is Spurs who have most need of Cabaye’s services.
Mauricio Pochettino’s mob are in a muddle down in 12th position during the international hiatus and are given a 9/1 chance of qualifying for the top four by Ladbrokes as a result.
One thing, among a crowd of other reasons for Tottenham’s current pickle, is a lack of dynamism in central midfield, not replaced since the halcyon Harry Redknapp days of Luka Modric and Champions League quarter-final appearances.
It is no surprise that Modric now dons the white of Real Madrid, while Cabaye could finally offer Tottenham the kind of tempo-setting, game-controlling centre-mid that they obviously miss.
While they can call upon the creative spark of Christian Eriksen, the Dane is not a tackler and lacks the long-range repertoire of passing that Cabaye regularly displayed at St James’ Park.
Ryan Mason, Etienne Capoue and Nabil Bentaleb are all variations of defensive midfielders, while Mousa Dembele should pull the strings given his attributes but is not trusted to do so.
Cabaye could offer Tottenham a much-needed midfield focal point to build around.
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