Newcastle’s head coach John Carver has talked about Remy Cabella, who has shown signs of becoming the player we thought we had signed last summer from Montpellier.
Remy Cabella – after scoring first Newcastle goal last Saturday
This is what John has said in the Mirror today about Cabella:
“He’s always been a lively character around the place and is a really pleasant guy.” “He picked up the English very quickly and he’ll always come in our office for a chat in the morning.”
“He’s always been loud — sometimes too loud, irritatingly loud.” “You’ve got to see his silver trainers — he’s a weird dresser! But that’s fine, he’s a good personality to have around.”
“Cabella and Ben Arfa are two totally different players. Remy’s now starting to produce things which Chief Scout Graham Carr saw — and the fans are starting to see that.”
“But with these flair players, it has to be consistent, and that is difficult. He is starting to show some good traits.”
“But work ethic is massive — if you haven’t got that it doesn’t matter how much ability you have, you won’t be in my team.”
“He’s starting to show things now, and he’s Remy Cabella, he’s not Hatem Ben Arfa. He has a different style and a different personality.”
“You have to keep hitting them with a stick sometimes, but everybody reacts differently to a rollicking. You have to understand which ones you can and cannot do that with.”
“Hatem was one that you couldn’t take very far. Personally, I respond to criticism — that drives me on harder.”
Cabella was brought into the club in the summer to add some creativity to the team, and that sadly missing in the second half of last season, and we found it difficult to score a goal, never mind win a game.
So while Remy has had trouble adjusting to the physical demands of the Premier League, the other flair player we brought in last summer, Dutch International Siem de Jong – has been out injured with a badly torn thigh muscle, since early September.
It’s too early to see Siem return today, but hopefully we’ll see Remy Cabella again have a good game at home to Stoke.
And who knows perhaps he can get his first ever goal at St. James’ Park for Newcastle in a competitive game.
And we may also see another flair player getting some playing time today, Gabby Obertan is fit again, and he looked a very good player early in the season, before he was injured at home to Liverpool.
We are hoping for all 3 points today – as usual. 😀
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