The Newcastle boss has given a possible reason for Remy Cabella’s inconsistent form.
24-year-old Cabella has struggled to adapt to the pressures of the Premier League since his move to Newcastle over the summer.
Arriving as a recently debuted French international, much was expected of the attacking midfielder, but a run of inconsistent form has seen Cabella frequently lose his place in Alan Pardew’s starting XI. He has just one assist to his name - coming in the 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur - and has struggled to keep up promising performances.
After coming on as a substitute and impressing in the 1-1 draw at Burnley, Cabella was ineffective as a starter against Chelsea, and his substitution early in the second half for Papiss Cisse changed the game.
However, Pardew has admitted that he expected the Frenchman’s first season in English football to go as it has been, and the 53-year-old coach believes that Cabella ‘can get a little lost’ when on the field of play which costs him promising performances.
Speaking to the Chronicle, Pardew said: “Before I started him against Chelsea I said that he would be like this all year for us – he’ll be in, out, he’ll start, he’ll be sub.
“I’ll pick and choose. He’s not ready for the demands of this division yet.
“The way he plays, sometimes he can get lost a little bit. But when the game gets open, like it did second half at Burnley and Spurs, he can have more and more influence when we get a bit more possession.
“It actually favours him a little bit when the game slows down and he comes off the bench and can affect the game.”
Pardew’s words indicate that he has a substitute role in mind for Cabella at the weekend, as the Magpies travel to North London on Saturday to face Arsenal. Having excelled when coming off the bench to influence games as they wind down, the 24-year-old midfielder could develop into something of a super sub for the Toon. Should he have a positive impact for Pardew’s men this weekend, it could prove that the coach has finally figured out the best role for Cabella at St James’ Park.