Remy Cabella missed a very decent chance in the first half against Hull City on Saturday when he put his shot straight at the Hull goalkeeper, when he really should have done better.
Remy Cabella – in action on Saturday
But the French International kept going in the game, and there were some signs that he is finally settling in at the club, and maybe he can show much better form in the weeks ahead.
Certainly manager Alan Pardew seemed pleased with the 24 year-old’s performance on Saturday:
“I was pleased we pushed for the winner.” “I was really pleased with Remy Cabella. He is such an important player for us, and I don’t think up to now he’s produced a performance that warrants his tag or the money we spent.”
“That has buoyed me. But I thought he showed character and quality.”
It’s always difficult when new players come to England and start playing in the Premier League, because they find it so different, and a lot more physical than back in their former leagues.
But as the games rack up we, are hoping that Cabella can get to grips with the Premier League, but the lad needs to bulk up a bit, and he still looks very frail to us.
One thing we have noticed is that he’s still too willing to go flying to the ground, when he is touched by an opposing player.
While that may have earned him a free kick back in France, it’s far less likely in the Premier League, where a lot more physical contact is allowed.
But there were some positives coming out of the game on Saturday, not least of which was the emergence back into the side of both Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse, and both players looked very good.
The defense looked stronger and steadier than at Southampton, but our weakness was still in the final third of the pitch.
In addition to the re-emergence of Cisse and Tiote, if Remy Cabella can start coming through, that would be another big boost for the side.
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