While his season at Crystal Palace might not be going to plan, even with the arrival of Sam Allardyce at the helm, 2017 will still be a year to remember for Yohan Cabaye.
The midfielder, born in the north of France, spent 13 years playing for Lille at pretty much every level, and to recognise his achievements, the commune of Dechy have decided to name a stadium after him.
Speaking to Lille’s website, Cabaye said: “It’s with a certain pride, but also for my parents that I accepted that my name be used. I found the mayor’s invitation really touching and gratifying. It’s not everyday that you get offered to have your name on something. It’s something that will remain engraved, and I take it as a nice recognition. I didn’t hesitate one bit.”
During his time with the northern Ligue 1 club, the Crystal Palace midfielder made 249 appearances, scoring 36 goals and helping out with 32 assists.
He also helped Lille win Ligue 1, alongside the likes of Eden Hazard and Mathieu Debuchy, and took part in two Champions League campaigns with his former side.
Now at Crystal Palace following a failed spell at Paris Saint-Germain, Cabaye is fighting against relegation, with the Eagles currently 19th with 19 points from their first 25 games.