Newcastle Player Reaching For The Stars – Getting Close

It was more than a little interesting when ESPN reported that Newcastle United winger Remy Cabella was voted their January Player of the Month a couple of days ago, and he beat out a certain Mr. Lionel Messi, and that’s proof that Remy Cabella has started to play somewhere near his top form for the Magpies.

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Remy Cabella after scoring on Sunday

Lionel Messi, Diego Costa and Remy Cabella were the three on the shortlist, and ESPN said that thanks to a strong voter turnout in Newcastle, Remy Cabella was named their ESPN FC Player of the Month for January.

How much are Lionel Messi and Diego Costa worth again?

It may be a coincidence that this has happened after Alan Pardew left the club, and it’s true that John Carver has started the French International, which must have given him some confidence.

Winning the ESPN award will give the lad even more confidence, and we could see a first ever home goal from him at St. James’ Park on Sunday?

Cabella had a (very) good game at Hull and certainly his goal was simply excellent, and he showed just how much he has learned since coming to the Premier League.

One thing he has learned is when you are knocked off the ball and land up on your behind, don’t look for a free kick or sympathy from the referee, just get up immediately and play on.

That’s what Remy did – and was just in time to intercept a clearance from a Hull player, and in an instant he had the ball in the back of the net – the first goal of the game and so important – and also his first goal ever for Newcastle United.

It was some goal!

What Remy now needs to do through the rest of the season is to keep learning, keep listening to what John Carver and the coaches tell him, and gain some consistency in his play.

When Remy Cabella first arrived at the club he was like a breath of fresh air, and told anybody who would listen to him how delighted he was to be at a club like Newcastle United.

But in the first half of the season he was probably our biggest disappointment of all the summer signings.

But now he’s coming through and needs to keep playing well for us, and it’s interesting that the fans’ support of him has never seemed to waver.

With the skills we’ve seen from Remy Cabella this year, and along with his character and determination to succeed, there’s no doubt the Frenchman can turn out to be a huge success on Tyneside, after suffering a shaky start.

That’s what we are hoping for. 😀

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24 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 6, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    No doubt he will be linked with a summer move to Arsenal? A couple of decent performces and a French passport seem to be the remit.


    Feb 6, 2015 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #2

    its one game cabella performed…chill

  • G

    Feb 6, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #3

    He’s actually been good in his last 3 performances, but the comment was a dig at the press, not the club Jamsha

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 6, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Jimmy from lastnight

    Your reasoning is sound but only on the presumption that we get what we need, which so far hasn’t been forthcoming because how long have we waited for a CB and a striker therefore in these two key positions the squad falls short thus not infact deep enough.

    Relying on a 21 year old (as good as he is) to lead the line because there’s nobody else doesn’t scream squad depth to me. It says we will make do.

    Relying on an ageing captain (who I don’t think should be captain) who has for the past 2 seasons had more bad games than good and then include the talentless willo who’s a tryer but VERY limited (fizzy pop level) and Stevie (pumper) sicknote to the mix then it’s not looking good is it. Down on paper we may have 3 senior CB’s but in reality we do not for my reasons listed above.

    The only saving grace if you can call it that is the emergence of the youth players so I’ll agree on that.

    In the January window the chance to rectify these issues was passed upon so I hold little hope they ever will. If the average joe off the street can see, the pundits, the papers also then why can’t our owner. If he can then he’s done nothing about it but why is that? The funds are there, the squad allocation isn’t full so why the hold up. We always seem to be short and that is not a coincidence. It can’t be after so many times of the same thing happening.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #5


  • JDdubai

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Colo being here is the reason we arent getting this other CB we need. Numbers wise we have 4 CBs plus kids so i dont think a team not in europe needs more.

    The problem is Colo is on 65k a week so his wages are stopping us getting another guy in, think when Colo goes, either this summer or next, we will get the Cb we need, hopefully to partner Dummett.

    Santon leaving i understand too, if they believe Haidara is the first choice then why have a reserve player on 40k a week when Dummett and Haidara combined are less than that. Makes sense to move Santon on and get ayounger guy as backup to Haidara.

    Think this summer we only need the Cf and CB to compete for Europa and the cups, the kids have given us much greater strength in depth than we have had ever before(the team who finished 5th had a better first 11 but little back up) so we can combine the extra cup games without jeopardising the league position.

    Think the new guy with his experience should be able to coach the team to greater things than the Parsnip did, just need to fix the fitness issues.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    JD…I noticed your Carr comment the other day, it’s okay, I come in peace! 🙂

    I understand you can’t reveal too much, but can you not give us a little insight in to why it is you feel better about things going forward?

  • frankie

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #8

    The Cabella voting was hijacked by a nufc supporters forum so don’t get carried away.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Lascelles to arrive in June
    Lubo Satka already looking the business at 19
    Paul Dummett 24 next September and improving every game (at centre back)
    Reasons to be cheerful 1 2 3

  • hibbit

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #10

    if we get a new coach he will have to start with sorting the back room staff ……. first the fitness staff and the quality of the other coaches should be priority even before new players

  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #11


    It’s not just the wages with Coloccini, he has Mike Ashley’s ear, and Ashley listens to him. Coloccini has more say at the club than people think.

    This is one of the reasons we will not get a CB, is Coloccini does not want competition for his place.

    I’m not being bitter here, it’s just that in the past a lot has been published regarding the Argentine defender.

    He goes out for dinner with Ashley, he gets involved in the picking of the team, and even Charnley consulted him about a new head coach.

    He play of late has been nothing short of abysmal and any manager/head coach would have dropped him, even if he only had a stick to replace him.

    Personally Coloccini need to go now, the sooner the better.


    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #12


    isnt carver the one who said…he changed cabella ?..

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #13

    What is Sir Bobby said ?
    “The trouble with Toon fans is they want success like their coffee …….. instant”

  • JDdubai

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #14

    Issue with Colo is he wont get the same wages anywhere else at his age so will most likely stay until his contract ends, even if the management would consider getting rid this summer.

    Its also unlikely a new coach would get rid of the captain and experienced CB when he starts at the new club, he would normally keep him around for a year to get settled, which would be the last year of Colo’s contract.

    I agree 100% he shouldnt be kept, just cant see how he will go this summer. Also the problem is then that Dummett is the current best Cb but him and Colo together dont work as they both need a big tough CB with them.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #15

    A/C…It would seem we have a new wave of optimism amongst some toon fans, that we are currently seeing the last stages of the Ashley re-building / cost cutting exercise and that come summer, we may well be in a proper position to start challenging without the shackles we’ve been burdoned with from the previous regime.

    I should be clear about the last stages bit. I doubt anyone thinks for a minute that we will become some free spending club, that’s clearly not, nor will ever be, the plan. I think people have been convinced that our previous treading of water is simply a neccesity and that the club have done well to have turned the financial situation around without falling away completely.

    I am far from convinced and cannot understand for the life of me where any trust towards the regime can come from, knowing what we know about them.

    I found it gobsmacking to read yesterday, that Jeff’s response to G2 regarding the Ashley / Keegan tribunal – was nothing more than a put down of Keegan for not winning what he had filed for and no comment on the fact he actually won the thing. Talk about skirting the issue.

  • stan anderson

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #16

    I,ve waited about 46 yrs for success mate.
    Is that not long enough.?

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #17

    He goes out for dinner with Charnley not Ashley
    Most club captains would interact with their MD
    It’s nice that LC is getting the inside track on players
    Why put a negative spin on everthing
    If Moncur had been invited to dinner by McKeag he would have fainted clean away.

  • Ibizatoon

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Jeff…No need to talk about you, you’re here!

    Can you explain your Keegan / Ashley comment, as I really didn’t get your response.

    It came across as you can get your head around the fact they were proven liars, by whatever the governing body was, as Keegan had basically been accussed of trying to overplay his hand?!? Did I get that right?

  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #19


    Morning me ol’e mukka, Yes we want success mate, but we don’t expect to challenge for the PL title, we want a team that will compete on all fronts, win, lose or draw as long as we compete.

    As for instant success? We have had seven years now, the five year plan to success has been and gone, and we are still in the same position, without any ambition to move on.

    Come on even you cannot deny the evidence that is in front of you.

    We must be the only club in the world who dread the transfer window coming around.

    How many of those players that are saving our season this time will be gone in the summer?

  • carl

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #20

    We were all waiting for your response to Jimmy with bated breath.!
    What a disappointment all you did was cultivate boredom. Jimmy Smith is well worth reading but your the waffle at best and the drunk in the pub most of the time. Give it a rest.

    You need to remember that more fans read the blog than post. We have to plough through your contributions and we really can do without the long winded say nothing that you’ve not said countless times before.

    My rambling last paragraph illustrates the point.

    You could have simply said Jimmy’s reasoning isn’t sound and we need a CB and ST.
    Is it a saving grace or not ? Please don’t let us into the secret.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #21


    You say 4 CB’s and I’m assuming your including dummett in that but then go on to say we had enough cover for Santon to leave with hairdryer and dummett at LB.

    Unless I’m mistaken I’m pretty sure dummett cannot split himself in two 😉 add to this that pumper is out for the season….again, willo is substandard and clearly not a premiership CB not for want of trying mind.

    It’s all well and good saying we have infact 3 (not 4, the distinction being dummett is not senior and isn’t classed as a cb yet) senior CB’s but what happens if hairdryer gets injured? Dummett at LB? In that case we are down to two ageing CB’s. On top of this dummett is currently injured and the youth back-up you mentioned have disappeared up north so no it probably wasn’t the best idea to let more defenders leave.

  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #22


    It was reported he went out for dinner with Ashley, He may well go with Charnley as well, but he was having dinners with Ashley when Llambias was still here.

  • bobby mango

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #23

    This comment from Colo worries me
    “We are working very hard during the week – about tactics and shape – and I think we showed that on the pitch in the second half against Hull.” “We took advantage of the space they left, when we counter-attacked.”

    Clutching at straws if they think Hull was a good tactical performance. The first two goals we were gifted possession, then scored with great individual efforts. Neither were made by the team purging Hull up, through good play.
    Second half a poor Hull team lost their shape and provided many opportunities on the break, yet they still created many more clear chance than we did.
    There’s few positives to take from the game and to try and dress it up as a good tactical performance is embarrassing.
    I know his reason for being positive but I can see right through it.

  • firebug666

    Feb 6, 2015 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #24


    Just wondering here but Who are you to tell people what they can and cannot write on the blog?

    If you don’t like someones posts don’t read them simple.


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