Cabella was arguably Newcastle’s man of the match against Hull City last weekend, grabbing a goal and producing a complete all round performance.
He’s revealed that he’s been doing extra work to make himself stronger and more difficult to knock off of the ball during games.
“I do bodybuilding sometimes at the club, and I also work on it alone at home,” he said.
“I have gained eight pounds of muscle weight since I came to Newcastle.”
Cabella deserves a pat on the back for addressing a direct threat to his performances as a smaller midfielder.
He’s very talented in possession, which makes him a target for the opposition in terms of sides trying to bully him physically and knock him off of the ball.
However, an increased core strength means he should be able to find ways of staying effective in games against sides that have much bigger and imposing players.
The job for head coach John Carver is to ensure that Cabella doesn’t over train and manages things in the right way to get a good balance between additional work and rest.
However, Cabella’s Newcastle teammates could take a leaf out of his book in terms of taking it upon themselves to push forward and improve weaknesses in their game.