Not good enough: Newcastle need the Remy Cabella of last season

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Taking a closer look at one of Newcastle United's summer signings.

When Newcastle United signed Remy Cabella from Montpellier last summer it looked like a wonderful piece of business.

After all, the Frenchman had just finished a campaign in which he scored 14 goals and provided eight assists, with some of his strikes proving to be absolute beauties.

A six-year deal for a French international with creativity and an eye for goal made sense, but unfortunately for Newcastle they are yet to see the Cabella they paid for.

This season, the 25-year-old has scored just once in 30 league matches, and he has only managed to set up two more in that time.

Quite simply it is not good enough and while players take time to settle, that return speaks volumes about how Cabella has failed to click thus far.

  Passing AccuracyGoalsGoal AssistsKey PassesShotsOn-target Shooting AccuracyDribblesAppearancesMins Played
Rémy Cabella 83% 1 2 38 41 24% 109 30 1,874

He may have had 41 shots in the league but only 24 per cent of those have found the target although to be fair to him he does average more than one key pass a game, suggesting that the Magpies’ strikers also have to ask themselves why they are not converting more of the chances provided to them.

Cabella could have been a star signing, a fan favourite, a player to help Newcastle back up the table.

Instead he has been caught up in the malaise that means John Carver’s side are still fighting for their top flight survival with two games remaining.

Next season, Cabella must do better. He must replicate the form that saw Newcastle buy him in the first place. Otherwise it is hard to see him staying there for all six years of his current deal.

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