Alan Pardew bottles the Remy Cabella question
The stage was set for Remy Cabella at West Ham on Saturday.
The playmaker having started to show a little bit more in recent matches and with no realistic alternative for creativity due to injuries, the French international could be encouraged to give it his best shot against the Hammers.
West Ham had lost most of their influential players to injury as well, with their two best strikers Valencia and Sakho missing, plus Song who pulls all the strings in midfield – it gave a wonderful opportunity to Cabella to take the game by the scruff of the neck and see his confidence soar.
So what did we get?
Remy Cabella dropped and Yoan Gouffran playing!! You quite literally couldn’t make it up.
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Gouffran has been woeful for the last 11 months and done absolutely nothing to warrant a place in the team, yet Alan Pardew sneaks him back in the team the first chance he gets.
The Newcastle manager clearly thinks he’s a ‘safer’ option but what does that actually mean? Well I suppose he believes Gouffran gives a bit more dfensively but I don’t even think that is true anymore as laziness often gets the better of him recently. As for going forward he offers absolutely nothing.
I’m convinced as well that the introduction of Gouffran back into the team was a major part in Moussa Sissoko being less effective and not being able to find the space he has in recent matches. With Gouffran’s lack of movement and preference for coming inside and hiding, it left Sissoko largely ineffective and quite possibly was a big factor in the frustration that led to his sending off.
When you look at the matches coming up such as Chelsea and the mackems at home plus Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United away, surely you had to give Remy Cabella this golden chance against a team missing their best players.
The French public must be amazed that a run of the mill player like Yoan Gouffran is getting a game ahead of one of the rising stars of French football in Remy Cabella.
Yesterday was the time for the Newcastle manager to be brave and he failed dismally, going for a negative team selection and failing Remy Cabella and the fans.
Only one shot on target in the whole ninety minutes tells you a story.
Whether Remy Cabella can be the answer to Newcastle’s lack of creativity is an unknown at the moment but he has to be given the opportunity to let us all find out.
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