Player Admits To Huge Difficulties At Newcastle

Remy Cabella is finding it very hard to adjust to the English way of playing football – and we can all see that – but the Frenchman just needs to keep his head down and he will hopefully come through what has been a difficult period of adjustment for the 24 year-old.

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Remy Cabella challenges Danny Rose on Sunday

We saw two flashes of Remy’s class on Sunday in that second half – after 58 minutes he sent over an inch perfect cross for Ayoze Perez to head home the winner.

And then after 65 minutes he beat a few defenders along the left wing byline, and Perez was waiting for the cut back – but Cabella shot and the goalie pushed it out for a corner. 🙁

That will be a lesson for Cabella as he looks back on the video – that he has to look up and see what the situation is – because if he had cut the ball back we would have been 3-1 up. and Ayoze would have had his second goal.

So we know Cabella has class – and he is honest enough to admit he is finding things tough at the moment:

“Even after 45 mins I am dead on the field! I’ve been surprised by the rhythm and intensity of matches.”to stay upright and fall as little as possible.”

“The idea isn’t to bulk up to a ridiculous extent. I do 15-20 mins before or after training, or in afternoon. I needed it.” “Doing weights is a must, lower and upper body in order to resist challenges. I’m not as powerful as Moussa or Yoan.”

“I didn’t have the necessary pre-season. I came back from Brazil and was with squad straight away as coach needed me.”  ”Being on the bench has wounded my pride and made me work even harder.”

It’s true that Remy didn’t really have enough of a pre-season as preparation for the Premier League after the World Cup in Brazil.

And it was pointed out when Cabella joined that he was frail looking – in fact his Chairman at Montpellier, Louis Nicollin said this about Remy after he signed for Newcastle in the summer:

“He wanted to go. I wasn’t happy, but I told him, ‘Congratulations’. In England, there is Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, which are above Newcastle.”

“But Newcastle is a club with a lot of French. He likes them, so great.”  “Personally, I would not go to Newcastle. But hey, I’ll see him when he plays against a club in London!”

“He has what he wants, fine, we’ll see. But in any case, he has the ability to succeed in England, that’s for sure. He is frail, but he’s hard to catch.”

Once Remy is stronger and fitter he should be just fine – form is temporary but class is permanent – and Remy definitely has the class – and we saw glimpses of that on Sunday afternoon.

By the end of the year we should be seeing the real Remy Cabella at Newcastle.

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75 comments so far

  • Reyantoon

    Oct 29, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    lesh… yesterday advised him to visit doctor to fix his extreme negativity towards the players and the mgr.
    Looks like he didn’t take the advice and his problem hasn’t been fixed yet!!

  • mindshaft

    Oct 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #2

    He needs to have a look at players such as Silva, Coutinho etc who aren’t exactly big guys but use the ball and movement to their advantage

  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3


    Last thread.
    It happens – we won at Chelsea 3 -4 years ago without our strongest side. Yeah I know they didn’t have their stongest out either but there is no comparison with the strength and depth of both squads. Similar to tonight.

    We are perhaps overdue some luck against them as well after Habib Beye wrongly sent off (later rescinded), Ben Arfa being crippled by De Jong and not even booked , Tiote’s goal being disallowed and no doubt there are more.

    Here’s hoping but Saturday is ironically more important – I think most of us probably agree with club in this instance League is the priority.

    Even if we get through probably will get away draw again to Chelsea or L’pool.

  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #4


    They are good role models. Not sure on Silva’s start but Coutinho didn’t exactly hit the ground running as I recall took some games to adjust.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Coutinho is different because he has a low centre of gravity and ride challenges well. Cabella doesn’t have that and is easily jostled.

    Silva again doesn’t really run with the ball past players he has usually released it before making any contact.

    He should look at Di Maria playing for United they are of similar build but Di Maria seems to be more robust when moving with the ball.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Tonights match – City are not doing as well as they hoped for this season and I’m sure just like us the Premier League is the priority. Unfortunately any weakened team they field is going to be better than any weakened team we field. So I anticipate we’ll get knocked out. This is not pessimism or negativity but just an assessment of reality based on my assessment of the teams/squads so far this season.
    Priority has to be the PL for us.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    On the Cabella debate – he clearly has got the skills of being a good footballer and tricks as well. I’m sure he’ll come good -just needs to get used to the PL and perhaps avoid man to man contact by use of his trickery.
    In contrast when considering Obertron -he will never get any better – I shudder when folk suggest he’s playing well and will be our saviour.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Cabella will never be a heavy runner because his nature simply is not THAT.And Pardew plays him as a winger.Parde shake your head.Good players like Cabella are rare.He needs his right position and that is evident what that position IS.

  • bills-son

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Mister Tuff // Oct 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    You are deluded -getting me rattled – you could not rattle a khazi chain.

    SO – MR SOFTEE – if that’s the case why do you post your drivel after every post I make? Take that rattle out of your hand and tell me.

    -just illustrates your hypocracy.

    REALLY? I’ve heard of HYPOCRISY – pray tell, Mr Softee what is hypocrAcy?? I think you must have left infants school today before your spelling lesson. Naughty little rattled Mr Softee.

  • Toon1985

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Does anyone know if tickets are still on sale for tonight? Im in Manchester and cant get hold of a ticket from anywhere.

  • mag92

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Man City have got the Indian sign over Newcastle. The makems showed last season against city that they don’t like being pressed on the ball, Westham did the same against them, if Newcastle sit off them and let them play their passing game they’ll lose.

  • Dulcinera

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Bills son

    I’ve kind of been there before name calling and arguing with certain people on here lol. I’ve kind of taken a step back from it as it never was my intention to get into petty arguments and name calling and i apologise for it

    Me and you are on the same page, regarding the doom and gloom constantly spewed on here before, during and after every match we play.

    This blog has recently become not a fans forum but an anti Pardew/ashley/club forum mob. Everyone is entitled to their opinion of course but i agree sometimes there is a hypocisy. The majority of posters on here are the anti-club mob who routinely name call those of us who do not tow their line and then have the cheek to call other poeple out for this same thing

  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #13


    Tell me to mind my own business and I won’t be offended but I think you are better than to be sucked into responding to another blogger simply about his spelling.

    I don’t always agree with all that you say but your post on last thread did have some validity in my view. I know only too well what it is like to be goaded on here when you post an alternative view but it is usually better to rise above the name calling that goes on.

    I am glad that you post notwithstanding what some have sought to pull you down with reference to what it seems were intemperate posts. I say seem because I do not recall the particular quotes being used but I do always read yours out of interest.

    You are well versed in fighting your own corner so I will butt out now

  • Dulcinera

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #14


    The best we can hope for i hate to say is that we park up bus for 90+ mins, try to stay organised and try to disrupt the onslaught of attacks that will be inevitably be waiting for us and hope that Perez or someone gets 1 clear cut chance – and all that only if our luck is in! But it is possible!

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #15

    I dont think people on here understand that half of the negative comments are just realistic views, they are not all influenced by disliking Pardew or Ashley.

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #16


    Im not sure on the parking the bus idea… I doubt our defence can handle city for 90 minutes. I do understand your point and it could work, the defence just doesnt fill me with hope.

    I would set them out to attack them from the start with an attacking formation-i know, unlikely from pardew- with high pressure. Try and get the first goal and then park the bus and hope we can hold on.

  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #17


    I think you and Mag92 are probably on same page. What we need is to stay organised as you say but to actually press the ball in midfield (and upfront) much more than the pathetic showing in 1st half at Spurs.

    It will be interesting to see what midfield he will put out Abeid, Ameobi Anita colbeck with Cabella as No 10? I suspect Obertan will figure however as if you park the bus you need as much pace as you can muster. Might Armstrong get runout? Depending on injury situation up front he may want to keep Perez fresh

  • Dulcinera

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18


    Trust me pal, it pains me to say those words “park the bus” i hate teams and managers who set their teams out to specifically do this. But we cannot go out to attack a man city team, we just aren’t capable, It won’t work. We could barely outplay liecester city at home. Our attacking play is almost non existant.

  • mag92

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #19

    Let’s see what team Pardew plays tonight, it’s a cup game so anything could happen. I hope that he goes for it and doesn’t worry about Saturday instead, success breeds success.

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #20


    Sometimes attack is the best form of defence.

  • mrlizard603

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #21

    If we’re going to lose I’d rather lose playing hard than just letting City have their way. Field the B-team but at least try to score.

    And Remy will come around. We’re on the up.

  • Dulcinera

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #22


    True, and i hope we play an attacking side. I’d love to be proved wrong by this team for once!

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #23


    “I’d love to be proved wrong by this team for once!”

    Asking for a lot there. 😉

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #24

    I am expecting to see Ferreyra get a start. I am assuming Pardew will want to protect Perez for the Premier League.

  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25


    You may be right about some being realistic but I think there is a problem with the total lack of balance shown by some. It is evident that Pardew cannot do anything right by some. He is in a very difficult position in the unique way this club is run and whilst he wasn’t even in my thinking when he was appointed ( I was dumfounded to be honest) he is all we are going to get until Ashley decides otherwise.

    I posted a quote from Pochettino earlier which if Pardew had uttered it he would have been totally ridiculed. All managers when faced with questions from the Press often say something which on reflection would have been better left unsaid. Pardew albeit often through his own shortcomings faces difficult questioning and has to react politically. Needs to protect players and not blame Ashley – everything isn’t always his fault. He was hung out to dry from the moment he was appointed facing the press without any senior figure at the club alongside him to defend himself after Hughton’s unpopular sacking.

    Still not my choice but without any sign of there being a viable upgrade in Ashley’s eyes I see no point in the endless repetition of hatred for him by some.

  • bills-son

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #26

    Dulcinera & magscar,

    I appreciate your comments.

    I know I should ignore Mr Softee but his responses to every post I make are so infantile that I find winding him up amusing – and he is so arrogant he can’t see it. But in the interests of the blog I’ll just leave him to fester from now on.

    As for negative/positive posts…

    There is a difference between commenting on tactics, players, matches etc., by making and explain a point of view in a reasoned way …. or, constantly banging on and on and on making the same ‘Pardew’s crap’ ‘every player has been Pardewed’ ‘we only play hoofball’ ‘every win or draw is lucky’ ‘Ashley hates us’ etc.

    Reasoned criticism doesn’t make you a neggar – however banging on and on repeating the same old ‘everything is shyte’ does IMO definitely make you a neggar.

    Not everybody on this blog falls into the latter category but as Dulcinera quite rightly points out “The majority of posters on here are the anti-club mob who routinely name call those of us who do not tow their line and then have the cheek to call other poeple out for this same thing.”

    That’s why so many decent long standing posters have left this blog.

  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Good to see some discussion about the match without bloggers different views on Pardew being overarching. It can be done 🙂

  • NUFCJackW

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #28


    I agree with everything you have said. I understand Pardew is in a difficult position and it is unfair to give Pardew no option to be right. I just wanted to put my opinion out into the negative comments matter. 😀

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #29

    boohoo Bills – so now from disliking the blog so much you rarely post you are now in addition to being an arrogant/know all poster (was that because of your own experiences or as I recall because of you bragging about top contacts in the football world which you had – yawn) you now want to go against the blog convention of criticising spelling and become the Grammar Police.
    You want everything your own way and get the lip on if you do not.
    booohooo. booohoooo.
    That is my last post with reference to you as you are acting like a petty tart and I cannot be bothered to waste my time with a blockhead/tool.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Mister Tuffty – besa mi pito

  • magscar

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #31


    You are preaching to the converted about the negativity. I did my rant a few weeks ago to try a restore some balance to the Blog but with no success. Not that I really thought it would make a difference to the entrenched views of the more regular posters of the anti-Pardew camp but I felt better for saying it publically instead of moaning at home in frustration. I had hoped it would encourage those with different views to come (back) on and feel free to express their opinion

    This is a forum for NUFC fans o f all views and some posters could do with reading Ed’s rules on home page and taking them to heart.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #32

    My thoughts on Cabella :

    1. He needs to play centrally not on the wing.

    2. He has done more in a few games than Gouffran has done in 8 months.

    3. He needs to stop diving and doing a trick as soon as he gets the ball . Against Spurs he received the ball and put in a great cross straight away which got us the win .

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Is this a blog open for debate or a farmers field?

    I’m sure it’s a field as there’s BS being spread all over.

    Funny how people are happy today because no one is challenging their views or opinions.

    I’ll tell you what negative is, it’s when you dismiss someone’s views then bracket them as pro Pardew or anti Pardew.

    Could it not be people pointing out facts form and tactics sound negative because they are negative?

    The people who point those things out aren’t negative there pointing out what is actually happening at the club, if you don’t see it that way fair enough. IMO the people who claim to be fair minded are anything but, don’t beleive me check the rubbish written by a few on here today regarding the anti Pardew or anti club posters.

    Balanced and fair? Yeah and I’m a unicorn riding space cowboy

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #34

    The difference between bills-son negativity and those that have negativity towards the standard of football at NUFC: bills-son negativity is directed at his fellow fans.

    If you do not agree with bills-son, you are no longer a fan of NUFC and are “anti-club.” According to bills-son that is anyway.

    The way I figure it, we all love this club but have different ideas of what is the best direction for it. To call somebody “anti-club” for differing opinions sounds like methods a dictator would use. “If you are not with me, you are against everything that we stand for” type of baloney.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #35

    Bills @25

    That’s about the most balanced post if read on here today.

    Atleast there’s one

  • Ancientcoptic

    Oct 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #36

    Has Cabella played with 2 strikers yet? The stats indicate he creates chances – maybe if there were more players running into the box he wouldn’t have to hold the ball so long and ride challenges.

  • optimistic prime

    Oct 29, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #37

    I’ve changed my mind, is that allowed?

  • mag92

    Oct 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #38

    As long as Anita is benched!

  • bills-son

    Oct 29, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Ancientcoptic // Oct 29, 2014 at 4:57 PM
    The difference between bills-son negativity and those that have negativity towards the standard of football at NUFC: bills-son negativity is directed at his fellow fans.

    That is totally false – for instance Jail and I disagree on most things but I’ve never tried to make out he isn’t a fan. Ask him.

    My point is that anyone who constantly criticizes even when we win, wants us to get beat, won’t go to games until Pardew and/or Ashley goes – isn’t a true fan IMO.

    That’s my opinion – and just as I am entitled to have it you or anyone else are entitled to disagree with it.

  • roblee7

    Oct 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #40

    Is anyone else massively disappointed that Ferreyra hasn’t been given a chance yet? I know the rumours about him not pulling his weight in training, etc, but the guy came from one of Europe’s top clubs in Shaktar Donetsk so surely can’t be that bad? I wouldn’t of thought the Ukrainians would put up with poor performance in training. I fully expected him to be a first team player, with sub appearances at the bare minimum and even with all of the injuries this season he still can’t get a look in. I’d really like to see him get a start tonight so we can all see what he’s about but this all smells a bit ‘Xisco’ to me


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