Where did things go wrong for Remy Cabella?

The midfielder is back in Ligue 1 on loan with Marseille after just one season at Newcastle.

Cabella has returned to France on a one-year loan as part of a deal that has seen winger Florian Thauvin move in the opposite direction for £13 million, as reported The BBC.

Marseille have the option of signing him on a permanent basis for £6.5 million, a significant cut on the £10 million Newcastle paid to Montpellier last summer.

The 25-year-old arrived on Tyneside lauded as the answer to Newcastle’s lack of creativity following the loss of Yohan Cabaye. Known also for his versatility, Cabella had the talent to play in a variety of midfield and forward positions, through the middle or out wide.

A member of the World Cup 2014 squad with four caps to his name, the Frenchman had the pedigree to be a success at St. James Park. Unknowingly, Cabella was joining a club that was about to undergo one of their worst campaigns in modern history, on and off the field.

Deployed primarily on the right-wing, Cabella showed glimpses of his ability in the first half of the season including a wonderful assist in a 2-1 win away at Spurs and scoring in a 3-0 win at Hull in late January, his best performance in a black & white shirt.

Although at times struggling with the physicality and pace of English football, it was understood that on the basis of a six-year deal, the aim was for Cabella to become a success in the long-term after an initial period of transition.

Following the departure of manager Alan Pardew in January, Newcastle's form dropped dramatically. After missing three games in February and March, Cabella returned to a squad who had lost all confidence under caretaker boss John Carver.

During a run of eight consecutive losses, the 25-year-old found himself deployed in a variety of advanced positions across the midfield in the hope of rejuvenating The Magpies'.

Instead, the Frenchman had to regularly track-back inside his own half to receive the ball, given the task of making something out of nothing with no more than one or two players further up the field. Muscled out by the typically strong defenders of the Premier League, the chances for Cabella to shine were few and far between.

With his form dipping, Cabella watched from the bench as Newcastle secured league safety with a 2-0 win at home to West Ham on the final day of the season.

Injured for most of the pre-season, Cabella did not have the chance to impress new boss Steve McClaren and although understood to want to stay on Tyneside, the midfielder has been told to seek first team football elsewhere.

Time will tell if Newcastle have made the right call to offload the former Montpellier man in favour of Thauvin.

Premier League stats for Remy Cabella:

Number of times named in squad: 35, Starts: 21, Substituted in: 10, On the bench: 4, Suspended: 0, Injured: 0

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