Newcastle Acquisition Looks Like A Winner

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.

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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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21 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah Hatem Ben Arfa has qui..
    Oh wait it’s not a Ben Arfa article. Ok I’ll wait.

  • nickfish90

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #2

    RIP Robin Williams 🙁

  • Tsunki

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #3

    I like the look of Cabella, quick brain and quick feet. I think he might just be a crowd favourite to take over from…. schhhh…. you know who!

  • Mr Funk

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #4

    @ Tsunki

    Is that obertan you talking about

  • Tsunki

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5


  • Beatroll25

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #6

    The same will happen with Cabella as what happened with Benny.

    Pards will tell him to bulk up, he will hit the muscle mass powder, pile on the pounds and everyone will say he is overweight and unfit.

    Then he won’t track back, everyone will call him lazy and a luxury and his talent will become wasted.

    All the while Pardew will be sitting in his large leather chair stroking his cat in the most Bond villain style imaginable.

  • Rainrix

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #7

    I see HBA didn’t turn up at the back page yesterday. Conspiracies. He’s being silenced by our socialist fascist regime. Burn it down 🙂

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #8

    Glad we are away from the political as I was about to explain how Sports Direct indirectly creates Terrorism.

    Thankfully we can save that for another day.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Rain, the meet and greet was supposed to be tonight.

    What a surprise that the club want to keep all the lies in and not let Hatem speak about what is really going on.

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Benny not turning up to the meet and greet again shows to me he has learnt and he actually cares about the club.

    Why would someone that has been binned into the reserves and is being forced out of the club care about the regime pleads for silence?

    To me he still wants to stay with us and get back into the squad. When you look at his past petulance there is no way the Ben Arfa of old would turn down an opportunity to have his say.

    Good on him.

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Is any of you guys going to the open day the day?

  • Rainrix

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #12

    LR…. Oh i saw it was cancelled and thought it was yesterday oops. Honestly hope we hear HBAs side of things from his own mouth at some point. Not just through his agent. Probably not going to happen till he leaves but still.


    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #13

    one as on previous thread agree about striker and central defender but not about grenier. the only reason lyon qualified for europe was grenier was injured at the end of season. they had their best spell winning 4 and drawing one beating psg . grenier is injured now and of the last 9 league games the only 2 lyon have lost have been with grenier in the team w6 d1. having watched him quite a bit imo he is overrated in and out another marv lethargic and gutless no worldbeater.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #14

    Beatroll, I said that last night. Good on him. Nice touch for a ‘bad boy’…

    No surprise the propaganda gag was placed on him.

    Similar when Pardew told everyone he was injured and he said he wasn’t. Trying to set straight the lies and deceit.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Big Pappa said he was thinking about going to the meet and greet. I definitely would have if I could. If it was yesterday or Wednesday I would have gone.

    Big shame it’s been cancelled. No doubt he has been threatened by a legal cloak and forced to cancel.

  • derekm

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Why all the sympathy for Ben Arfa? The situation is exactly the same as when he joined us – had issues with his manager, effectively stopped playing, forced his sale. Everywhere he has been there has been trouble after a bright start. Overweight, lazy when not in possession and by the sounds of it hiding behind Cabaye from his team mates until he left.Sorry but it takes one bad apple to upset a squad and from my perspective he’s been the one.

  • scitoon

    Aug 12, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    I think people are looking at Benny with rose tinted glasses again. One of the most frustrating players i have ever seen. Scored some crackers, skinned an opponent with ease and able to put in a cross. However, all of these were far too rare. The guy would rather run circles than pass resulting in him losing the ball, whether it be in the oppositions box or on the edge of ours. Im glad he aint gonna play. Just not good enough for the EPL. Given no other EPL team has signed him, i think this speaks volumes.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 12, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    Proud – fair enough I was looking from a creative perspective. Without cabaye and remy last season we had zero creativity and were toothless. We have not replaced them in my john humble. I suspect we may end up with ayew or zaha. We have a real opportunity to push on. I’d suggest a better left back and another winger on top of what I said are also realistic seeing as we have actually only spent about 3 million.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Terminate Jonas’s contract, loan out Abeid to Greece again and use HBA in a swap deal with cash to bring Grenier here (if that’s the only way to kill two birds with one stone), simples.

  • Sav

    Aug 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    Deckm and Scitoon, is it just my suspicion about our club regime or are you both actually the same person? Your writing tone sounds identical. What a state of affairs when not only is this kind of thing suspected but quite likely? Well done to Ashley, Llambias, Jimenez, Wise, Wonga, Kinnear and every other sheister you’ve foisted on our club.
    Yes, we’ve had one of our best transfer windows – for a start, we’ve had some incoming transfers. But there are now ‘we must sell before we can buy again’ noises which is BS. And no disrespect to the players whom we have signed but we began wanting a TOP striker and CB and we still haven’t signed them with the season less than a week away.
    As for the Ben Arfa and Gutierrez freeze-out it can’t be making the new boys feel easy at their corn-flakes. Our club PR is just a muzzle in a skirt. Heaven knows what the HR person is like.

  • Sav

    Aug 12, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #21

    With our porous back 4 its costing us 2 defensive midfielders, so how are we going to fit de Jong, Cabella and Grenier into that team? Who is going to win the ball back alongside Colback when Tiote is sold off – Anita??
    We better hold onto Abheid who could be playing first team foota quicker than expected.


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