Yohan Cabaye is a French international footballer who plays for English club Newcastle United in the Premier League and the French national team. He plays as a box-to-box midfielder and is described as a player who possesses “excellent vision, great ball control”, and “provides technical quality”. Cabaye is also known for his penalty-taking ability.
Cabaye began his football career playing for hometown club Tourcoing FC at the age of five. After seven years developing in the club’s youth academy, he joined professional club Lille. Cabaye spent six years in the club’s youth academy before making his professional debut in the 2004�05 season helping Lille win the 2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup. He became a regular starter in the following season and participated in the UEFA Champions League for the first time under Claude Puel. Under manager Rudi Garcia, Cabaye developed into a playmaker and had his best season to date in the 2009�10 season scoring over 15 goals from the midfield position. In the 2010�11 season, he was a part of the Lille team that won the league and cup double. Following the season, in June 2011, Cabaye joined English club Newcastle United on a five-year deal.
Cabaye is a former French youth international having represented his nation at under-16, under-18, under-19, under-20, and under-21 level. At under-19 level, he played on the team that won the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship. With the under-20 team, Cabaye played at the 2006 edition of the Toulon Tournament. At under-21 level, he served as captain of the team for a portion of his stint. In August 2010, Cabaye was called up to the senior team for the first time under new manager Laurent Blanc. He made his international debut on 11 August in a 2-1 friendly match defeat against Norway.
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