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.
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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