Newcastle United agree fee for Cabella: Is he the right man?

Remy Cabella

Newcastle United have reportedly agreed a fee with Montpellier for Remy Cabella. Now he has to prove he is the right man for the North East club.

Earlier today the CEO of Montpellier HSC, Laurent Nicollin, has announced that an agreement has been reached on a fee for La Paillade playmaker Remy Cabella.

There has been no formal announcement from either club, but it seems a deal is close from both sides. Now Newcastle just have to convince the player that they are the right club for them.

Newcastle are landing the player that was top of their wanting list, but the question still remains…Is he the right player to take Newcastle United forward, and are the North-East club the right club to develop Cabella to the next level.

Cabella’s last season in Ligue 1 was a great success. He scored 14 goals and five assists in a struggling Montpellier side. So often he was the standout performer as his teammates floundered.

At 24 years old, this needs to be the right move for Cabella. If he wants to make the 2018 World Cup squad, or the more pressing Euro 2016 championships in his home country, he needs to be playing football every week and playing to a high level.

Cabella has played in the Champions League, but failed to really impress. The everyday rigours of the Premier League should improve him physically, as this is the weakest part of his game. Quite often he has struggled with the physical side of Ligue 1 and it could affect him quite a lot in the high tempo nature of the English league.

Newcastle United need players who can come in to the side quickly and hit the ground running. They only need to look at the slide of Hatem Ben Arfa to see what can happen to a playmaker in the current Newcastle set-up.

Cabella’s best position is to play as a free No. 10. Not consigned to a position, but having a license to find space and look for the ball. If he is asked to play in a more rigid system, he could adapt, but it will take time. With a high fee paid for his services the pressure will be on him to produce the goods from the off.

Anyone who has watched Remy Cabella will tell who how good a player he is, and how exciting he can be to watch. Newcastle United have had their troubles and need players of quality.

This is not to say that it won’t work, but there are signs to say he may not be the right player to push Newcastle forward. Only time will tell.

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