There was a slight element of surprise that Remy Cabella was named in Didier Deschamps squad for the friendlies against Portugal and Armenia. His performances for Newcastle United have not been up to the standard he set at Montpellier last season, but Deschamps still wants the forward to be an integral part of the team that goes into the Euro 2016 championships.
Against Portugal, Cabella didn’t feature off the bench in the 2-1 victory over Portugal, which could mean that the forward could play a larger part of the second friendly against Armenia.
Deschamps formation has been a standard 4-3-3 of late and Cabella could come into that team depending on how the France coach wants to play it. Cabella could play either on the left or the right, given the freedom to cut inside like Antoine Griezmann and Mathieu Valbuena were allowed to do against Portugal.
There is also a chance that Deschamps could change things up even further, moving to 4-2-3-1 for Tuesday’s game. That would give Cabella the chance at playing in three different positions. The most suitable would be in the centre of the three man attacking midfield, just behind either Loic Remy or Andre-Pierre Gignac. This would put the Newcastle player in his most favoured position and given the licence to find space and be his creative best.
It would also give him the chance to show on looking Newcastle fans, what sort of player he can be given a free role. Deschamps may favour Paul Pogba or Valbuena in the central role, but Cabella could again play on either side of the No. 10 and under Deschamps, he would still get the chance to drift and find space to cause the Armenian defence problems.
At this stage of the season you feel that the little forward needs something to kick start his season. If he was to remain on the bench for another 90 minutes, he would return to the North-East without the confidence boost that he needs. It would be perfect for both Alan Pardew and Deschamps to give Cabella worthwhile minutes and try and kick-start his season.