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This Player Already A Huge Fan Favorite At Newcastle

9:09 am, Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 23 Comments

Remy Cabella has looked good in the games he has so far played for Newcastle in pre-season, and he has scored two very good opportunist goals, and the French International 24 year-old is fast becoming a crowd favorite on Tyneside.

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Remy Cabella - after scoring against Huddersfield on Tuesday

And of course all our pre-season games so far have been away from home – sometimes far away from home as in Germany and New Zealand – so we expect a good crowd for our home game against Spanish club Real Sociedad on Sunday afternoon – which has a 1:30 pm kick-off.

This will be the first time our new signings will have played at St, James’ Park, and this is what Remy Cabella told the Shields Gazette today:

“St James’ Park is a special stadium.” “I think it’s unique – I don’t think I’ve seen a stadium like it.”

“I’m really looking forward to hearing the atmosphere and getting on the pitch. It will give me a lot of pleasure to play here.”

St. James’ Park and the fact Newcastle sell out the stadium in most home games, is a big draw to players looking to join Newcastle – it’s a tremendous stadium, and when we were in Newcastle in July, we noticed how well the stadium is kept – it looked just fantastic.

And in a couple of years time when all the improvements are made at the Benton training grounds, that should be a second big attraction for players looking to join Newcastle.

But what the team has to do now is challenge again for a top six position in the league – and that’s what we are hoping will happen next season – which is a critical season for both the club and for manager Alan Pardew – who is now under a lot of pressure to deliver results.

A couple of good players added to the squad before the end of the transfer window could give us a very good squad, and certainly stronger than last season.

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23 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    REPOST

    Jesper,

    The club have a responsibility and the fact that he got games in the reserves and the first team at different positions can be argued that the club tried their best to find his optimum position but it didn’t work.

    Frequently a player’s success can be down to luck. Right place at the right time.

  • 2 deeps // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    If we have to stop leaking goals..I think we gotta play the Man United way(3-4-1-2)..

  • 3 clinath@ed // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    He may be in for a shock. The atmosphere is not what it once was I’m afraid.

  • 4 bills-son // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Repost:

    I’m not saying we don’t need another CB but defending starts from the front ie., from the forwards.

    In the season we finished 5th we had conceded the least number of goals in all four divisions after 10 games. And that was down to a team effort starting with Ba and (especially) Best up front who constantly closed down opposing central defenders trying to bring the ball out.

    Obertan (hugely under appreciated for his role) and Jonas did the same on the wings and tracked back covering the advancing full backs and wide men.

    We also had two full backs – Simpson and Raylor who rarely went over the half way line.

    That meant Tiote and Cabaye could hold their central positions in midfield without being pulled out wide.

    Fast forward to the last two seasons….

    No closing down from Cisse either when he played CF or out wide, No closing down from Ben Arfa. Santon and Debuchy bombing forward without wide men dropping back – leaving acres of space for the oppo down the flanks.

    That space meant Cabaye, Tiote and the two CH’s were constantly pulled wide to cover runners leaving acres of space in the middle.

    Result – goals conceded left, right and centre.

    Any fan who thinks leaking goals is all down to bad defending by the defence only is wrong.

  • 5 Slank // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    martoon

    From your previous post.

    You are absolutely right.

    A manager is often damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t play a youngster.

    Take Aarons for example. Did Pardew receive much praise for playing Aarons in the recent friendlies. No. But if Aarons was a complete flop Pardew would get the blame from the fans.

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Slank…I said my peace on the last thread if you missed a couple of my posts :D

  • 7 expatmag // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    Billson

    Exceptional analysis there and totally agree. I gave coached/managed teams for many years and I know exactly what you are talking about.

    As a coach, you structure your team to your own strengths and not the oppositions.

  • 8 Slank // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    No problem Jesper.

    There is nothing like a decent point of view.

    It’s the idiots who are abusive that I don’t communicate with .

  • 9 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    The atmosphere is like a library now, Remy. Flat as a pancake.

    Nice one, Alan and Mike.

  • 10 Rotonda heights // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    It’s great we’ve made some good signings but extraordinary that we have not addressed the other key weak area of CB in any way at least not for another season with Lascelles.

    Would have been good for all parties if Colo had been allowed to go, Saylor should have been transfer listed and Willo should have been kept as cover at best.

    Marcos Rojo and Dier or similar should have been absolute priorities.

    I agree the striker situation needed / needs addressing but with pardew’s ultra ”containing ” mindset, how are we going to stop leaking goals?

  • 11 Beatroll25 // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Martoon

    C’mon man that is a load of rubbish and you know it.

    A manger is responsible for getting results yes, but playing a player in form regardless of age is one way a manager will help get those results.

    It’s what the best manager do.

    Go back to the end of 2011. Fergie had played well in his first team appearances as a sub. We had just been hammered 4-0 of Stoke and he looked like he could break into the first team. The opportunity was there and we had nothing to lose, yet Pards went for Jonas.

    Going back to the cup competitions it is the duty of the manager to bleed in some youngsters but balance it out with experienced players who can get us the win. Pardew chose to play 8-10 youngsters and admitted the cup wasn’t important and also went on to say the youngsters just weren’t up to it.

    It is just plain and simply bad management.

  • 12 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Rotonda, leaking? Pouring would be a better term :-/

  • 13 Rotonda heights // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    expat

    yes sadly pardew, like Allardyce before him has always worried too much about the opposition rather than how we can hurt them.

    Funny but for all his team’s attacking prowess KK’s sides actually had much better defensive stats as the ball stayed down the other end of the pitch way more.

  • 14 Beatroll25 // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Slank

    If Aarons was a flop in the friendlies Pardew would have not been victamised.

    It’s the tactics and the systems he uses that get criticised game to game. Nobody would have had a go, they would have praised him for giving the young ones a chance to impress.

    You are twisting the facts to give your argument validity. A tactic often use to save the manager of any criticism.

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Bills…what you are describing there is a statement to the notion that our coach don’t know how to play the modern game, but are more comfortable in a 4-4-2 you guys made famous a long long time ago.

    …but to disprove it a bit the coach did change to 4-3-3 in the season where we finished 5th and did make the necessarily changes. We played the best football we have ever played under our coach.

    Wonder what have changed – was it because the way of playing football didn’t correspond to the way he rally wanted to play it?

  • 16 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Slank…I am a nice guy :D honestly!!! lol

  • 17 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Beatroll, it happens to other players too. If they’ve played well and nicked points for us, like Hatem or Marveaux, then the next game they can still be benched. It does affect motivation and they’ll be thinking “what is the point?” Especially when Pardew’s starting choice hasn’t done it prior to then coming on and changing the game. Yet it stays the same again the next game with his unproductive favourites who can continue to have poor games.

  • 18 martoon // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Beatroll25 – No it is not rubbish – the manager can only have 11 players on the pitch at the same time and playing an inexperienced youngster is always a risk.
    From memory we played a pretty strong team that was a good mix in the FA cup when we got knocked out by I think it was Cardiff. The simple fact is you hate Pardew and will blame him for everything.

  • 19 Rotonda heights // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Just for Markakkus

    I see Martinez now wants Benny. Good luck I hope it works out for them both.

    Talk about chalk and cheese, Martinez would have Benny playing where he should be and where he can hurt teams, not tracking back more than going forward.

    The whole approach and mindset will be poles apart from the dismal glazier’s.

    I’ve just been coaching some lads over from Nice and to a man they all declared Ben Arfa to be one of the best players in the world , the ”French Messi” in their words.

    They all said Benny is way better than Grenier but admitted Lacazette was the real deal.

    If only we had a SBR or indeed a Martinez who could work with flawed geniuses, not just alienate them.

  • 20 Laurent Robert 32 // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Rotonda, well said.

  • 21 ToonRich // Aug 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I wonder if Brian Laudrup took any of the UEFA qualifications…quite a few continental stars have become high profile managers; Luis Enrique, Koeman, M.Laudrup, Edgar Davids (not so much high profile!!)

    He’d be cheap, and I bet he knows a few unknown gems!!

  • 22 Phil K // Aug 8, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Martoon – always puzzles me that there are STILL fans who can’t see Pardew as the walking disaster he is. And it’s not a tiny minority either. Despite having some truly world class players he can’t get either shape or substance out of them.
    It is no accident that not one team in the top two divisions would touch him with a barge pole – but Ashley brought hin to Newcastle.
    He’s had more than enough time to get a good team together, and plenty good players. Any half decent manager would have managed it by now

  • 23 Rake // Aug 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    World Class players? how many of our players featured at the world cup for more than the odd game?.

    Regarding Pardew for me this season really defines him as a manager. For the first time I believe we have real options since Pardew has been manager. No more excuses about building the team around one player or lack of strength in depth.

    I really think we all know what we need to really push for top 6 and it has already been discussed to death. The fact of the matter is Pardew now has the options to show us he isn’t a rigid one plan manager.

    I hope he surprises us but I can’t see it. I think we are looking at a top 8 finish currently. My biggest fear is our defense but I’m hoping Colo can stay fit and regain some form as well.

    Back to Pardew, like I said he can have no excuses and I believe that Ashley will be thinking the same. This season we will either have a good run like we did when we finished 5th or slump like the end of last season. It’s make or brake time for Pardew and I know some fans would settle for a bad season to see the back of him.

    If Pardew was to go next season imagine a technical coach coming through the doors to the quality we now have!.




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