Do Cabella's latest comments suggest a promising future under Pardew?

Remy Cabella

The Newcastle United star has been reflecting on life at St James' Park so far.

Newcastle fans could be forgiven for being underwhelmed by Remy Cabella's start to life on Tyneside.

The Frenchman, despite creating chances and showing plenty of skill on the ball, contributed very little in terms of end product in his first few games at St James' Park. His assist count read a big fat zero. And his goal count was equally uninspiring.

But a bit of man management seems to have kicked him into life - or out of first gear, at the very least. According to the Frenchman himself, Alan Pardew's decision to drop him for the Magpies was 'logical' and has now spurred him on to better things.

So far so good, as Cabella came on against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and registered his first Newcastle assist.

“Not being in the starting XI against Tottenham and for three matches now was not a sanction. It was logical. The manager played me in the starting XI during the first two months and I didn’t score or assist," Cabella told L'equipe, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“Putting me on the bench and not even playing at Swansea hit my pride. But I didn’t give up, I worked even harder. He trusted me to play the second half against Tottenham. I got my first assist, which is good for trust.

“Alan Pardew has spoken to me a lot. He has made things clear. He tells me when I am on the bench if things are good or not. He wants me to be decisive and score goals. I haven’t done that so far. That’s why I haven’t been playing a lot."

Could the 24-year-old, then, have a bright future on Tyneside under Pardew?

Cabella wouldn't have been the first foreign import to sulk at being dropped after failing to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League. But he didn't and, instead, responded to his manager's challenge.

More of the same could see Cabella finally come to life at Newcastle. Let's see if the Frenchman continues to heed Pardew's calls.

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