Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insists that Remy Cabella will come good in time for the Magpies.
The £8 million summer singing from Montpellier has come under criticism after his performances in the early stages of his Newcastle career, but Pardew believes that once he adapts to English football he will prove his worth.
Pardew feels that Cabella does need to bulk up, but he also feels that the naturally tricky winger is not getting enough protection from referees against strong-arm tactics.
“We have to give him a platform on which to perform,” Pardew said during his press conference today.
“We are trying to find a way we can do that for him. He has played on the right, through the middle and even on the left a little bit.
“We are trying to find an avenue for him where we can get the best out of him.
“He’s an individual who needs time to adjust to the Premier League because it’s so much more physical than he is used to.
“He’s had some terrible decisions go against him, and been absolutely hammered and not been given fouls.
“The ref’s haven’t been giving them, and that power is what he needs in the Premier League.
“Half of it he needs to do himself by building his upper body and making sure he doesn’t go over easy. The other side of the coin is that we like to think referees will give him more protection that he’s getting.
“He’s not getting enough at the moment, that’s for sure.”
Newcastle are still aiming to pick up their first win of the season after a terrible start to the campaign.
Much was expected of the side this season after a summer where they brought in some high-profile players from across Europe, but Cabella is just one of a number of their additions to have struggled.
There more experienced stars have been off-form, too, and the pressure is growing on the squad to start picking up the points otherwise relegation could be a possibility.
Newcastle take on Swansea City at the weekend and they will be looking to pick up the win in what looks a tough tie.
The Swans have started the season well, but Newcastle know they can be a match for them if they do play to their best and time is running out for them to get into top-gear, otherwise the atmosphere around St. James' Park threatens to turn toxic.