Remy Cabella has found life tough since his return to France as part of the deal that took Florian Thauvin to Newcastle.
The French media and footballing public at the time, made clear that they thought Marseille had got by far the best of the arrangement.
The fee that Newcastle paid for Thauvin was seen as way over the top, whilst getting Remy Cabella on loan was seen as a real coup for the French club, with the former Montpellier winger/playmaker generally much higher rated than Thauvin.
However, whilst Florian Thauvin is taking time to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League, Remy Cabella is arguably doing even worse.
Despite dropping back to the lower level of the French league, Remy Cabella has failed to finish a Ligue 1 match so far.
In all four league matches the Newcastle player has been subbed, the latest after a shocking display against Lyon on Sunday, with Remy Cabella dragged off at half-time with his team trailing 1-0 at home.
To a backdrop of regular stoppages in the game as missiles were thrown onto the pitch, Marseille eventually equalised in the second half for a final 1-1 scoreline.
Whilst the match made the headlines mainly because an effigy of former Marseille player Valbuena (now playing for Lyon) was hanged inside the stadium in front of a crowd of over 56,000, after the game Marseille manager Michel wanted instead to talk about the failings of Remy Cabella.
The Marseille boss played Remy Cabella on the left side due to injuries but hasn’t been happy with the Newcastle midfielder’s attitude or performance, plus Michel says that Cabella isn’t stuck on the left side but has the freedom to move off from there and isn’t tied there as a traditional winger.
Michel speaking to L’Equipe:
“He (Remy Cabella) must improve. He has shown before that he can play in that position. Besides, we do not use it just like a winger, but for other things I will not detail here.”
“Every time we need him (Georges-Kevin Nkoudou who replaced Cabella), he is good. He knocks on the door hard.”
With any permanent deal for Remy Cabella being triggered by a certain number of appearance, if the Newcastle midfielder doesn’t wake his ideas up then we could see him sitting on the sidelines for much of this season, with Marseille not wanting to be trapped into buying him.