Remy Cabella arrived at Newcastle United as a much sought after player by many clubs.

The playmaker almost singlehandedly kept Montpellier up in 2013/14, scoring 14 goals and grabbing 5 assists.

Newcastle wanted him to sign mid-season but the player insisted on staying to ensure the French club wouldn’t drop out of Ligue 1.

His form was such that he went to Brazil in summer 2014 as part of France’s World Cup squad, before then linking up with Newcastle for the 2014/15 season, what could possibly go wrong…

Maybe under a better manager than Alan Pardew (and John Carver) he could have been a success but instead he and Newcastle were a disaster, as Remy Cabella managed only one Premier League goal and two assists all season, as NUFC only avoided relegation on the last day of the season.

Newcastle never really recovered and their downward spiral continued until the arrival of Rafa Benitez.

As for Remy Cabella, he returned to France and joined Marseille on loan with a £6m permanent deal then triggered, which gave Newcastle half their money back.

However, the Premier League experience had maybe affected the midfielder long-term, as two poor seasons with Marseille saw him towards the end on the bench more often than not.

Loaned out to St Etienne at the start of this season, could another fresh start get him going again?

As the season has gone on, the answer seems to be a big fat yes.

Ironically, this upsurge in form has coincided with another former Newcastle player joining him. After his own disaster at Arsenal, Mathieu Debuchy has been released from the remaining six months of his contract and joined St Etienne until the end of the season.

Brilliant recent form from Remy Cabella has seen St Etienne unbeaten in nine and his 17th minute goal looked to have beaten champions-elect PSG on Friday, only for a 92nd minute Debuchy own goal to draw the game.

Nevertheless, in 20 games this season, Cabella has six goals and five assists, having scored four goals in only his last three Ligue 1 matches. St Etienne have a real chance of Europe in eighth place, only four points off fifth.

The former Newcastle midfielder’s recent form is highlighted in this latest form guide…

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The WhoScored ratings are automated stats based rankings, on all kinds of stats during a match – not just goals and assists etc, this form guide covering the last six matches.

There have even been mutterings  in France of Remy Cabella even forcing his way into contention for this summer’s World Cup plans but they look a little optimistic.

However, just maybe Cabella is finally once again showing why Newcastle paid for him four years ago.



  • Gianfranco Shola

    Give me a Ritchie over a Cabella/Thauvin anyday, they might look good on YouTube and tear up the weak French league but I’d far rather hang my hat on the likes of Ritchie who, even when the going gets tough, will run through a brick wall for the NUFC cause!!

    • Down Under Mag

      To be fair, there is still a place in a strong team for a flair player to have a free role….I always thought they would both come good and had potential, they were highly mismanaged and never given time to adapt. Both suffered from the expectations of hitting the ground running like Cabaye did before them…

      While I agree we needed hard grafters in the side like Ritchie, we didn’t really hit form until we had some flair added in the form of Kenedy – although he also work shis socks off for the cause where I can’t see the likes of the two French players putting in the same tackles and work-rate.

      • Gianfranco Shola

        Agree with what you’re saying but I just can’t imagine Rafa putting either of them in the side. Many fans are desperate for us to bring in HBA on a free this summer and whilst I love him as a player and consider him one of our best players of the last 10 years, Rafa would never in a million years pick him up and play him over the likes of Ritchie. It’s the Ritchie’s and Lascelles’ of the group that have got us to where we are and I don’t see that changing any time soon. However best of luck to both Thauvin and Cabella

    • MadMag83

      Every team needs hard working players, especially teams like us. Burnley are fighting for 7th and you’d have to say it’s based around being solid and working hard rather than prima Donnas.

  • Mrkgw

    Same will happen with Mitrovic when he moves to pastures new.

    • Doug Sweeney

      No chance – he’s too slow!

  • mentalman

    He’s another one on the list of players here at the wrong time

  • Peter Robson

    He was “Pardewed” Plain and simple !!! On the flip side of things Mo Diame has been “Rafa´d” !!!

    • Alreet

      Hmm think lascelles yedlin kenedy and shelvey have also been rafa’d. Pards could have turned aguero into Riviere.

  • ghostrider

    If all players hit the ground running when bought, team building would be at the barest minimum for every team.
    You win some, you lose some and it’ll always be the case.
    Buying a book because of what the cover promises does not guarantee the read being anything special.
    And vice versa.

  • Alreet

    Hmm one of the weakest leagues in europe. Yea. Thauvin is doing well there too. Cannot see barca real or city breaking the bank for him can you.

  • HarryHype59

    I thought needed another season to adapt to the more physical EPL. Instead Carr/Charnley brought in an even more lightweight winger in Thauvin.

  • MadMag83

    Stats can be misleading. Would anybody really rate Cabella above the likes of De Bruyne, Greizmann, Salah, or Eriksen? Sissoko would probably tear the French League up!

  • Desree

    So over the last 4 years he has had 7 or 8 good games? Why are we obsessed that our bang average sold players will turn out to be superstars?

  • Mxpx

    We pulled the plug on him far too early he was just starting to adjust to English football when we sent him back to France