It wasn’t exactly a secret, but Montpellier playmaker Remy Cabella all but announced he would leave the club at the end of the season. He posted a picture on Instagram, declaring it his last home game at the Stade de la Mosson. There has been plenty of speculation since Christmas about where the 24-year-old will end up next season, with Newcastle United one of the early front runners. However, at this stage in his career Cabella is simply too good for the North-East club, and will be setting his sights much higher next season.
This has been Cabella’s best ever season in Ligue 1. In what has been a very poor Montpellier side he has still managed to score double figures in terms of goals and when his team-mates have been able, he has been setting them up with chances. To score 14 goals and add five assists is a wonderful return for the Corsican born attacker, but it should also mean that a whole host of clubs come in to prize him away this summer.
Things have gone downhill at Newcastle United since the big boom of French based players joined the club. The boat has been severely rocked and there is no longer a clamour of Ligue 1 stars looking to move to the north of England.
Cabella has played in the Champions League for Montpellier and is on the edge of the French national team, he is too good to be playing mid-table football. Regardless of how vastly better the competition is in England compared to France, if he wanted to play mid-table football, he could see out his contract in the south of France.
The player wants more from his next move, he wants to at least be playing Europa League football, or for a side that puts him among Europe’s elite players. Even Newcastle’s own fans are not happy with the direction their club is going in, so why would a very talented, potentially excellent player join Alan Pardew’s side this summer? It just isn’t likely to happen. Manchester United could be an option, but they will likely be targeting better known players with more experience.
There is little doubt Newcastle were interested, and they have the money to match any fee that president Louis Nicollin would want, but it’s ultimately the players decision where to play his football.
Marseille will be interested in his services, but so are the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid. If Everton aren’t able to extend the loan deal of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, then perhaps that would be the ideal next move for Cabella. He would be a joy to watch under Roberto Martinez and that is the sort of club that could nurture a talent like Cabella.
Unfortunately, Newcastle just are not at a level to entice the likes of Cabella to their club. It’s a sad demise for a club that looked to be going places just 18 months ago.