Newcastle winger Remy Cabella says that those critics drawing comparisons between himself and Dimitri Payet are unfair.
Due to a dire financial situation, Marseille were forced to cash in on stars such as Payet and Florian Thauvin in the summer, as well as not being able to offer competitive wages to players such as Andrew Ayew who moved to the Premier League with Swansea.
As part of the Florian Thauvin deal, Remy Cabella moved on loan to Marseille with a view to a permanent deal, something seen as essential for the team and to raise the spirits of the fans after losing so many of their best players.
The move has been a limited success so far but Remy Cabella says there are valid reasons, with no proper pre-season for the last two years.
The Brazil World Cup limiting his preparation for life at Newcastle, whilst this summer he had a thigh tear.
Whilst Dimitri Payet has been the star of the show for West Ham and already scored five goals from midfield to help the Hammers up to sixth in the table, Cabella has had a limited impact with no goals and only one assist.
However, Cabella says that Dimitri Payet also took time to settle at Marseille and that he (Cabella) needs to be at 100% to be able to play at the top of his game.
There are signs of improvement for both player and club as Marseille have climbed up to mid-table respectability, whilst Remy Cabella is showing definite signs of regaining full fitness and the ability to influence games.
In his first five Ligue 1 matches he was substituted in every one as he struggled physically, though in the last five he has played the full 90 minutes.
A side to the game that Newcastle fans certainly never saw, has surfaced over in France. Cabella picking up five yellow cards already, including four in the league.
Remy Cabella speaking to L’Equipe:
“Dimitri Payet did tremendous things at Marseille but it took him time to impose himself.
“Remember, I have missed the (summer) preparations for two years.
“I went directly to Newcastle United after the World Cup and then this (close) season I missed all the preparation with a thigh tear.
“I need to be in top condition psysically because I give 100%.”
Still no confirmation that Remy Cabella has triggered a permanent deal yet, previous reports claimed this would be the case after 12 appearances and the winger has already made 12 starts for Marseille plus another as a substitute.