Looks like Pardew has already lost the plot with Remy Cabella
Before the season kicked off, the pressure Alan Pardew put on Remy Cabella was outrageous.
Repeated comments about how Newcastle’s attacking threat had been transformed, expectations of how well the team could do and even Champions League football could be on the menu…
Well, using all of his tactical genius, Pardew’s plan appeared to be to tell all of the other players to give the ball to Remy Cabella and then watch the fireworks begin.
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Behind all the pre-season talk, when it came down to the reality, the only flair Newcastle had to start the season with was Remy Cabella.
Coming from a weaker league and a small club, Cabella was thrown in at the deep end and expected to do it all by himself.
With each minute spent on the pitch you could see the confidence draining from Cabella, losing faith in his tricks and style of play he retreated further away from the business end of the pitch, looking for space instead of the all too predictable in your face marking we knew he would get.
Time after time he was left sprawled on the pitch forlornly looking at the referee for a free-kick that was never coming.
I don’t think any of this was a surprise to most fans, neither the close attention of the opposition or the lack of other Newcastle players prepared to share the burden of creativity and making things happen.
What Ashley and Pardew were expecting Remy Cabella to do was beyond what even a more established and experienced playmaker could have realistically handled, never mind a young player making his first move onto a bigger stage.
Newcastle were unlucky with De Jong’s injury, though after the Dutchman’s injury-riddled recent past, that was no big surprise either.
With a lack of real quality strikers and other midfielders brought in, Cabella was always doomed to short-term failure, made to sink or swim by our genius of a manager.
After giving him a few seconds against Leicester last weekend, Alan Pardew is now supposedly thinking of throwing Remy Cabella back in after he ‘trained well this week’ – how often have we heard that one!
“Remy Cabella has trained well this week. We brought him here to produce a moment like Lamela produced at Spurs, that’s what we need from him.”
So no pressure there then, [intlink id=”49275″ type=”post”]Pardew is only expecting Lamela moments![/intlink]
After a rest he’ll be coming back stronger;
“Hopefully, coming out of the side and giving him a little rest has given him the opportunity to understand what the Premier League is about and he’ll come back stronger.”
So Remy Cabella has played a few seconds in the last month and on the back of that could be thrown straight into one of our toughest away matches of the season.
So Pardew’s message to Remy Cabella, no pressure on you of course but you do already owe us a few Lamelas.
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