Alan Pardew will be hoping to catch a glimpse of the form that saw Remy Cabella star for France against Serbia earlier this week, when his Newcastle team travel to Southampton at the weekend.
The Toon boss is under pressure at St James’ Park after picking up just two points from the first nine available to the Magpies in the Premier League.
And with the Independent previously reporting that the Newcastle boss had two games – against the Saints and local rivals Hull City – to save himself from the sack, the likes of Cabella need to start performing, pronto.
Signed from Montpellier for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £7 million, the 24-year-old has made a largely bright start to life in the English top-flight.
But Magpies fans will be hoping to see a little more from the France international, particularly after his fine hour-long appearance for Les Bleus against Serbia.
Cabella was lively throughout and even set up Paul Pogba for the opening goal.
Speaking after the game, the Frenchman appeared wholly positive for his future at both club land national team level – something that can only bode well for Newcastle.
The Frenchman, in quotes published by the Shields Gazette, said: “I feel very good about this [France] team,”
“I have been integrated, and now I will work to be part of the starting XI regularly,"
“We ran into a team that was very athletic – the coach said he expected this kind of game – but we didn’t lose. That is the most important thing.”
Will the good times continue to roll at St James’ Park? Only time will tell but it will need to happen sooner rather than later if Pardew is to remain at the helm.