'He's special but it'll take time' - Pardew gives his take on new Newcastle star

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew has talked up the “special” talent of Remy Cabella, but warned Newcastle United fans that it may take time for him to adapt.

Cabella was signed from Montpellier over the summer for around £12 million, and the France international turned in an eye-catching performance on his home debut on Sunday.

The Magpies slipped to a 2-0 reverse to champions Manchester City at St James’ Park, but the flamboyant Frenchman was a constant source of creativity for the home side.

Not everything he tried came to fruition, but his close control and ability to beat a man was evident throughout the game, and the display was certainly an encouraging one for Newcastle supporters.

The 24-year-old will surely enjoy easier days than a home debut against a backline as formidable as City's, and the skilful Cabella could become a key player for the club this term.

Pardew is in agreement with that assessment and believes that his new star could could have a big part to play in his new-look side’s attack.

Speaking to The Chronicle, Pardew said: “He has a lovely balance, he can show you the ball then take it away from you in an instant. They are special players and the players Newcastle love.”

However, Pardew urged caution against expecting too much from the versatile Cabella, and he thinks that it may take time before they truly see the best of the former Ligue 1 player.

It is easy to surmise that Cabella’s off-days are likely to frustrate fans, and that is something that the Magpies boss alluded to, but he called for patience.

“For us, this year, he will take some bedding in and getting used to things,” he added. "There will be games which will bypass him. We will be patient with him and his quality will come through.

“He is only a young player. Getting used to the Premier League is not easy. He coped quite well with the physical aspects of it because in his first two games that looked like it might be a problem.”

Newcastle continue their season with a visit to Aston Villa on Saturday.

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