There’s a good report in the Chronicle today that says that Alan Pardew has already had a word with a couple of our new signings – Remy Cabella and Ayoze Perez – and told them not to dive as much as they did when they were playing in their local leagues last season.
Cabella in action at Huddersfield
And it seems that both our new players are (very) quick learners, because on Tuesday night at John Smith’s stadium against Huddersfield Town, Perez was fouled with just two minutes to go – but he quickly got up to take the free kick.
Perez put Remy Cabella straight through on goal, which caught The Terriers defense out, and the Frenchman brilliantly chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to equalize and save Newcastle’s blushes – and it was very good play from both our new players.
Here’s all the goals from Tuesday night, with Cabella’s equalizer coming after 50 seconds, just in case you want to avoid having to watch the two goals we conceded 😀
When players come in from playing on the continent, they have to get used to the more physical ways of English football in the Premier League, and when they are challenged for the ball and they (naturally) go flying, they don’t always get the free-kick in England.
Remy Cabella has quickly shown how good a player he is at Newcastle, with two very well taken goals in pre-season – and both his chances were by no means easy ones, and he did really well to convert both of them.
And Ayoze scored a great goal at Sheffield Wednesday, and he looks a lot better than we thought he would be – given the lad is still only 20.
Siem De Jong is also on board, and we have brought in three good midfielders who know where the goal is, and that’s something we didn’t have earlier this year in the league, when we had to rely far too much on Loic Remy for our goals.
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