Newcastle United’s Remy Cabella hasn’t enjoyed the best starts to his career on Tyneside. Alan Pardew’s side sit 18th in the Premier League and after seven games, are yet to register their first victory this season.
Cabella has played in six of those seven games and Newcastle United fans are already questioning if the French playmaker was the best signing for the club. There are doubts over whether the playmaker can adapt his game to suit the Premier League.
When Didier Deschamps announced his squad for the friendlies against Portugal and Armenia, Cabella was fairly lucky that he was still included. One of the main reasons he is still in the squad is due to his style of play.
Apart from Cabella, Mathieu Valbuena is the only other creative playmaker in the full national team. Looking towards Euro 2016, Cabella is set to take over from Valbuena and become that creative force for Les Bleus.
Looking at the rest of the players available to Deschamps, there are no real options outside of Cabella, except when you look at one of the newest member of the France under-21 set-up.
Although born in Lyon, France, 21-year-old Nabil Fekir is eligible for both Algeria and France, it had looked like the Olympique Lyonnais playmaker was leaning towards the African side, until he was named in Pierre Mankowski’s under-21 squad for the play-off against Sweden.
Fekir has been superb for Lyon this season. Pairing up with Alexandre Lacazette, the youngster has scored three times this season and as well as some stunning performances against Lille and Nantes, he has added one assist so far as Lyon climbed up to sixth in Ligue 1.
With an ability to drop his shoulder and beat his man, and the guile and skill that you want from your No.10 playmaker, he is everything that Cabella showed at the same age, but with perhaps a touch more pace in attack.
Don’t be surprised if Fekir is quickly given a full cap as soon as possible, just to make sure he can’t be brought into the full Algerian squad.
Deschamps is looking to build a talented squad for Euro 2016, mixing youth and experience but if Cabella isn’t careful he could find himself replaced by the younger, more in form Fekir.