Pardew – So Far He Hasn’t Been Worth The Money

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.

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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.

Here’s hoping.

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149 comments so far

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #1

    Some more fantastic man management from Pardew. Don’t mention his price or his worth you imbecile! No need to dent confidence any further we’re in the mire as it is.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2


    he is such an important player for you..

    we already had a better version of this type of luxury player that does not track back

    can you remember his name

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #3

    bare ignorere meg homofil gutt

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Fat face Bruce will never be appointed by big Mike
    There was absolutely no need for HBA to be in SJP blubber heid was just being provocative

  • croftus5678

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    cabella played really well against hull ! we call him for his poor finishing (and it was poor finishing) but he has been able to get into the positions and open up the teams in the first place !

    he creates the same as sissoko and even tiote who seems to be more offensive now ! i’ve no doubt once we start winning a few results and he gains confidence he will start scoring but we need our strikers to kick off that regular scoring streak imo to give confidence to the midfield.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    du har ikke en klar tanke I ditt tomme hode

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7


    så du can bruke google translate

    du agså suge cok

  • sparky55

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #8

    I remember vividly what it was like to support the toon in the late 70’s and early eighties before Keegan came along and inspired the Geordie nation to greater things.

    We used to get between 15,000 and 16,000 supporters every week, we used to watch some abjectly awful football (just like now), but we had a load of local lads in the team and they left nothing on the park (unlike now).

    We still however left SJP with the biggest of smiles (not like now), because we’d paid homage to the lads, we’d have some great crack after the game, win lose or draw (not like now) because by that time being in the old second division we had no real ambition but the very passionate supporters still turned out irrespective of who was in charge, and the quality of the football being served up (just like now)

    Keegan came…we got promoted at the second time of asking and the football (albeit a bit dodgy at first until such time the team mentally caught up with keegan), just got better and better and better with Beardo and Waddler and Zico and Varadi and with a certain young Gazza to come through in 86 it was heady days and it was a joy to part of all that happened (unlike now)

    Jackie Charlton got involved but walked after the season opener (against sheff Wednesday I think) and we again went downhill from there and got relegated again….but the very passionate crowds kept on coming back irrespective (just like now)…and then Keegan came back to manage us and the whole thing moved to another level.

    My point here is as follows.

    It doesn’t matter what dross Pardew throws at as…the stadium will be filled because Geordies love it too much to give it up….it’s a drug and although they get disappointed week after week after week, they keep going back for their hit…but the big thing I’ve noticed over the years is the lack of passion in the stadium, it’s like a morgue up their sometimes and that never ever happened back in the day…we sung our hearts out for a full 90 minutes…but not any more and that’s in my opinion down to detachment between the owners and supporters, and that we’ve come off a footballing high from 10 years ago and never really recovered…so the support is as lacklustre as the football on the park…but back in the day irrespective of the performance…the support was 90 mins of non stop singing.

    We’ve had dodgy owners before but their biggest problem was they also loved the club as much as the supporters did and they were genuine supporters of the club who took it to the verge of finical ruin because their heart was ruling their heads…(unlike Ashley now)

    The only real difference between now and forty years ago is the supporters passion for the club, the Managers Passion for the club and the owners passion for the club…it’s non fcukin’ existent!

    When Keegan sold Cole, Keegan had the balls to come out onto the steps outside the players entrance and explain to us why had he sold Cole…now we get nothing from upstairs…just silence and a big FCUK YOU…it’s my club and I’ll run it how I like…and that’s because he’s a chelsea / spurs supporter, a cockney and a heard- nosed businessman who only bought to club to promote his brand.

    I’m saying all this because we’re stuck in a malaise not of our making…the supporters keep coming back and all they want to do us support the team…but there’s no real fight there in real numbers…and unfortunately Ashley and Pardew know that and it’s their ACE up their sleeve.

    Pardew is a nothing that sits between the supporters and the owner…he’s nothing but a bulls!tting mouth piece of the owner who unlike many before him won’t have the good grace and balls to walk once realising he’s lost the supporters and the team…AND ONLY BECAUSE HE’S IN HUGE DEBT TO THE OWNER AND BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE’LL NEVER GET A JOB LIKE THIS AGAIN …BUT THE LONGER HE KEEPS THE JOB THE LESS CHANCE HE’LL EVER HAVE OF GETTING ANOTHER JOB IN FOOTBALL BECAUSE HE’S SHOWING THE WORLD HOW TOTALLY INEPT HE REALLY IS.

    The owner has said he’ll be keeping the club for another two years and that Pardew has his full backing. We have learnt over the years that if he says something, we should believe the absolute opposite.

    That says to me he’s ready to make his investment into Rangers… so has no enthusiasm whatsoever to change the manager when the time frames involved in selling the toon and buying rangers are so short-term what’s the point in sacking Pardew, paying off his debt, and paying compensation to bring in another manager and all the hassle that goes with it….there’s no point and too much money to fork out. As soon as the club is sold, pardew will be sacked and he gets the remainder of the contract paid up so he pay his debt to Ashley and Ashley pays nowt to get shot of him.

    I therefore see no point in demonstrations, (apart from if it makes you feel better) and no point in getting upset if the masses of sheep that now go to the match don’t support the sackpardew movement or other good anti Pardew / Ashley cause

    Let’s just save our energy for the new owner and keep supporting the team in the meanwhile whilst letting the manager and owner know what a pair of tw@ts we know them to be.

    sorry for the long ramble…had to get it off me chest!

  • Slank

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    Cabella played better because he spent more time in the middle of the pitch and not on the wings where he is very ineffective. His skills are more suited to playing between the striker(s) and the midfield.

    Sissoko is equally effective in the middle or on the wing as his game is all about power and pace.

  • expatmag

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #10


    I think he thinks your an alien from the planet Zog….lol

  • Goofy

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Maybe just me but I thought Colback had a really bad game. He made the blunder for their 2nd goal and lost the ball just about everytime, and was a yard off the pace, maybe Tiotes presence stole his thunder. Tiote for captain.

  • 70TWO

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #12

    This managing malarky seems a bit easy, its not the first time I have heard players saying “the Gaffer said I was going to score”.
    AP is a tactical genius and should not be underestimated. Who else can serve up diluted crap and then keep their jobs by blaming the lack of ingredients and unsatisfied customers?

  • jayphoto

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #13

    Some difference between Cabella and Ben Arfa! HBA more gifted but cabella will notch up more goals and assists! Cabella got the better football brain too!
    Also cabellas attitude based on his whole career is streets ahead of Ben Arfa!
    Different players tho! Ben arfa much better on the wing whereas Cabella is more suited centrally!
    Crimininal that we’re not lining up with both really!
    If Pardew has to keep this 4-2-3-1 a line up of
    Janmaat willo colo santon
    Tiote Sissoko
    HBA Cabella/de jong Aarons/Riviere
    would be seriously exciting to watch and with potentially Anita, Colback, Riviere, Gouffran , cabella (de jong edges it) Armstrong, Haidara etc to come from the bench there would be options to rotate and change!
    Don’t let pardew fool you, the squad here is every bit capable of entertaining and challenging top 6

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #14

    sorry for the long ramble…had to get it off me chest!

    well done now shut the fcuk up

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #15


    im ignoring him from now

  • Slank

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    sparky55 @ 8

    When I started supporting the team back in the early 60s some elderly Geordie wit next to me on the terraces said, which I have always remembered, that a crowd could be guaranteed to gather around 11 black and white jerseys hung on a washing line.

    Nowt has changed.

    Is that good or is that bad ?

  • Go toon gooooo

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    Don’t underestimate this player.He is a world class quality player.Surely the best player we have at the moment and in the future for sure.Football virtuoso.

  • Spellcheck

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #18

    Nice ramble Sparky.

  • Slank

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #19

    Goofy @ 11

    I think whoever would have been alongside Tiote would have appeared more static as Tiote was mister perpetual motion.

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #20


    I have said for a long time now, we have a very good squad, that is totally mismanaged by an out of date manager.
    I do think we have a top 6 team,

    Liverpool were just suarez
    man u just bought a forward line and half of there squad is a championship squad
    everton and spuds ,are like us , some very good players ,

    Chelsea and man c are mile ahead

    arsenal 3rd

    the rest are not that great imo

  • 70TWO

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #21 were certainly hung out to dry

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Not worth the money?

    If Pardews on more than £2 a week the club should ask for a refund!

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #23


    Bad, for the fans

    Good, for Ashley


  • jayphoto

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #24

    For me Southampton are dark horses! Seemingly great manager and despite english pundits not having heard of their players they really strengthened! For each player they sold they replaced with for me a more productive player. Pelle will score more than Lambert. tadic will score and create more than lallana and Mane is going to take the league by storm! alderweireld looks more solid than lovren and forster is 10x the keeper boruc is!
    Whatever the possibility of us in the top 6-8, we definately shouldn’t be 20th!
    Cant see us gettying anything at palace, stoke or swansea and surely pardew cant survive this

  • jayphoto

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Catchy where in Norway are you mate?

  • catchy in norway

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #26


    I live in Næebø , work in Stavanger

  • Slank

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #27


    I don’t think we are a top 6 team.

    Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal will always be better than us.

    Man Utd, Liverpool, Spurs and Everton will nearly always be better than us.

    The best we can hope for is 8th.

    To get any higher those teams I have mentioned must have a significant blip in form and we must have a corresponding surge in form. It’s possible but doesn’t look likely.

  • jayphoto

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #28

    At Gatwick airport at the moment! Just put the mrs on a flight to Bergen! Shes gonna be working in Førde for the next 12 months! Was trying to remember if it was you or Dannyo who were bergen based! Gonna be there 10 times in next year so need a few recommendations

  • toonbrother

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #29

    The stench that follows Pardew seems permanent. Everything he says rubs me up the wrong way.
    I cant wait to see the back of him

  • JP...from The Rock

    Sep 22, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #30

    This Wednesday is the League Cup then? Great I can see more of NUFC and soon, hopefully we will improve on that gutsy performance.

    Cisse can’t play that game but it was great to see him back and with a bang on Saturday. He could be back in the fold against Stoke on Monday. But already Pardew the twat is saying that he could replace Riviere as he still has lots to learn. Message to Pardew; HOW ABOUT PLAYING THEM BOTH TOGETHER YOU FOOL!!!

    Honestly the sooner Pardew goes the better it is for all of us. And I never knew he was a doctor going against the medical staff as in his eyes he saw Cisse fit enough to play. Again risking the players health to save his arse- De Jong anyone?

    It may yet backfire on him and Cisse has a negative reaction to that early comeback, who knows.

    I just hope the day comes that we play attacking football from the off for the full 90 minutes. If it weren’t for a Jonas inspired team I doubt we would have dished out the same level of performance.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #31

    Superb motivational skills by the inept one. 5 games in and he goes public with ” he’s not been worth the money”. Way to raise the lad’s morale !!

    I think Leicester proved yesterday it’s not always about the money and it’s now looking like we missed a trick when we had Pearson.

  • Slank

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #32


    Why can’t Cisse play in the League Cup ?

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #33

    Quite a funny article, bang on about Cisse, and a couple digs at Pardew

  • martoon

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #34

    I never comment over the weekend because of all the hysterical posts on here.
    I thought we actually played quite well and again our patterns of play were good with hardly any punts up field but it was our usual problem of lacking a cutting edge (until Cisse came on 🙂 ) Hull’s goals were both crackers and initially I thought Willo could have done better for the first goal but they showed on ‘Goals on Sunday’ he did the right thing and it was a piece of individual skill by Jelovic.
    The protest was a bit non-existent I would estimate less than 1% participated. I think it clearly shows that the 50 000 who attend matches think differently to the keyboard warriors who pontificate on social media!

  • Slank

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #35


    ‘…we missed a trick when we had Pearson…’

    And Allardyce ? Surely not !

  • beermonkey

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #36


    I cant see pards being sacked

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #37


    The guy played HBA after 4 months out for a full 90 mins on a plastic pitch in sub zero conditions.
    Go figure!

  • NUFCJackW

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #38


    Do you really love that quote ?

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #39


    Not really following your sarcastic comment there.

    Surely pearson would be a far better number 2 than carver ever has been if he had been retained.

    pearson has far more to his game than Allardyce which came as a pleasant surprise.

    WHU’s recent successes have come with the mandate that they have to play entertaining attacking football and had to employ Sheringham.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Sep 22, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #40

    Martoon do you remember calling for a pint in your local after being to SJP and the pub “know it all “clever dick who didn’t go to the game and was an expert on everything would try and hold court and offer his opinion on NUFC ..It would always start off with light banter and end the evening in a big argument.
    Well Ed has provided a shelter for all the know it all clever dicks of the world.
    God bless the internet it has a lot to answer for


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