Former manager Alan Pardew signed the 24-year-old France international from Montpellier in a £9 million deal during the summer, with the club hoping he would replace the creative flair of Yohan Cabaye, who had been sold to Paris Saint-Germain in January.
However, he has found the Premier League a tough nut to crack, with his opening months at St James' Park proving difficult. Recent performances have shown an improvement though, with the recent loss to Chelsea involving a stand-out showing from the Frenchman.
Now he has revealed he has been watching videos of Peter Beardsley in an attempt to improve his game and prove himself in England.
“I have watched YouTube a lot to watch Peter Beardsley over again,” said Cabella to ITV.
“When I arrived at Newcastle, every player here told me to check what he did on YouTube. Peter was a top-class player. I looked and 'Woah!' He was brilliant. More than that, he is a great human being and a very nice guy. I like him and I hope to learn more from him."
Beardsley is currently the club’s football development manager and has been assisting caretaker manager John Carver and first-team coach Steve Stone since Alan Pardew’s departure to Crystal Palace.
He is also highly thought of on Tyneside, with Cabella keen to emulate the Geordie hero and other players such as Paul Gascoigne and David Ginola.
"I know Peter very well now. I see him every day and he's a top man, top-class,” added Cabella.
“I want to be like him because he was a good player for Newcastle, like Ginola, and some other players. I want to be like them, of course."