Montpellier boss Rolland Courbis has explained why Remy Cabella should never have gone to Newcastle United and how when the player arrived, Alan Pardew exasperated the problem.
Cabella’s fomer manager says that the player made a really ‘bad choice’ when he chose Newcastle, describing it as ‘an already complicated club’.
Courbis obviosuly referring to the fact that a new player walking into a new club with so many existing problems on and off the pitch, was always going to be up against it.
The ‘complicated’ club became an even bigger basket case when the manager walked out halfway through the season, something else that a new signing doesn’t need.
However, Rolland Courbis points to Alan Pardew having also played a big part in Remy Cabella never getting a proper chance at Newcastle, explaining that the player needs to play behind the centre-forward.
That is the position where he scored 14 goals from for a relegation threatened Montpellier in his final season, whereas Alan Pardew moved Remy Cabella out to the wing – making it all but impossible for him to succeed in the Premier League.
Courbis though is confident that Remy Cabella can now fill the boots of Dimitri Payet who played that position so successfully for Marseille and is now doing the same at West Ham.
Rolland Courbis talking to Le Phoceen in France:
“After being part of the 23 for the World Cup, he (Remy Cabella) made a bad choice of career by joining an already complicated club, especially when the coach who (signed him) left shortly after.
“However, he can’t have lost his qualities in one season.
“While he may sometimes go to the outside, his position is in line in support of the number nine, just like (Dimitri) Payet last season. There he can be effective in front of goal or make the final pass.”
As for Remy Cabella himself, he has been finding his form and after recovering fully from his injury problems, he has completed the full 90 minutes in the last five Ligue 1 games.
“I am finding the rhythm of matches and I feel better physically. I am showing my qualities but I can still do better.”
Confirmation is still awaited that Remy Cabella has triggered a permanent deal, with claims previously that this would be the case after 12 appearance for Marseille which he has now completed.