From what we saw last week against Manchester City, Remy Cabella can quickly become a star on Tyneside, but some of our other players also showed some creativity, and substitutes Ayoze Perez and 18 year-old Rolando looked good when they were brought on in the second half and they helped to give the Manchester City defense some uncomfortable moments.
Remy Cabella in action during pre-season
We should also mention Gabby Obertan, who made a good cameo appearance over the last 25 minutes of the game, and Gabby’s personal challenge this season is to maintain consistency, which is what he has struggled with in his career.
We could have taken something out of the game last Sunday, and what seemed to be missing was a player like Loic Remy or Yohan Cabaye, who could have scored with a half chance, and we had a couple of very decent chances late in the game when the score was still 1-0, but we didn’t take them.
Alan Pardew has pointed out today that Cabella is not a direct replacement for Yohan Cabaye, although he does bring creativity to the side:
“They’re different players – Cabella and Cabaye. What Remy does in terms of great moments in the game, he can create them – obviously Cabaye could do that, so there’s a similarity in that.”
“You need a framework for those players and a platform to win games. Now we need the other side of it, that special quality that Cabaye gave us, that Demba Ba and Loic Remy gave us.”
“Cabella is very much a replacement for one of those three names, and de Jong, Riviere, Cundo (Facundo Ferreyra), Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Perez, who came on and did a nice cameo, have got to ring with the same noise bell as those other players.”
We have a feeling that if Siem de Jong can play in this game, he can be a big player for us – because Siem has an eye for goal and he has already shown Newcastle fans he can score goals like Cabaye used to score for us – goals from out of the blue.
A win today is what we’d like to see, but we suppose a draw would also be a more than decent result.
What do you think?
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
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