Newcastle Transfers: 5 Summer Replacements For Yohan Cabaye

5. André-Pierre Gignac (Marseille)

Andre-Pierre Gignac is a classic example of a player that could replace the influence of Cabaye despite playing in a different position. The player is 28 years old and has played 17 international games for France, scoring four goals; he also has a certain level of versatility to his game that allows the player to operate as a striker or left winger. These are certainly options that Alan Pardrew would love to have up his sleeve. This season Newcastle have been very reliant on Loic Remy and Cabaye this season as they have scored 20 of the club€™s 37 league goals. Remy€™s future is also uncertain since he is only on loan at the club, so the need to add another goalscorer is clearly quite strong. Gignac can certainly offer that option after scoring 12 goals from 20 games in France, the player has also added two assists into the mix. Further stats on the player this season include 3 shots, 1.1 key passes, 1.2 dribbles per match as well as an average rating of 7.07. It will certainly be interesting to see of the club targets the Marseille player this summer.

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