Remy Cabella finally joined Newcastle from Montpellier for around £8M this summer, and that was in spite of Montpellier Chairman Louis Nicollin, who did his very best to persuade his best player not to join the Magpies.
Remy Cabella – could become great signing for Newcastle
There was some concern that Cabella would find it difficult in the Premier League, because he’s not exactly built like a Moussa Sissoko for example, but he’s looked good in pre-season, and scored two good opportunist goals and his enthusiasm seems contagious.
Lionel Messi is not well-built either but he has not trouble with the bigger players, and Remy’s skill is there for all to see – he looks a great acquisition for the club.
And Newcastle manager has been talking about his top summer capture:
“He’s not far away from fitness.” “He’s got to be a bit stronger – he’s a slight guy – but it makes him difficult to contain.” “He can skip past you. He’s got a nice inventive brain and comes up with ideas on the football pitch.”
“We’re trying to control the game a little bit more,” “You can only do that if you’ve got offensive flair in the team.”
Newcastle look a lot more dangerous than we were in the second half of last season, but we suppose that’s not saying too much.
And it would be great if we could bring in a couple more good players before the end of the transfer window, but Newcastle also have to unload Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez – and maybe some others too – so if there are any more deals they could come in the last week of the transfer window.
Even if don’t manage to get any new players in, this has (easily) been the best ever transfer window under owner Mike Ashley.
Now the players and Alan Pardew and the coaches have to produce next season – that’s the litmus test.
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