ALAN Pardew’s desperate for Newcastle United’s Remy Cabella to find his feet in the Premier League.
Cabella is yet to display the kind of form which earned him a £7m summer move to the club.
The 24-year-old has had a bruising welcome to English football.
And United manager Pardew wants Cabella – who he feels needs to strengthen his upper body – to get more protection from referees.
The France international was anonymous during Monday night’s 1-0 defeat at Stoke City.
Pardew must decide whether to keep faith with Cabella for tomorrow’s game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium – or take him out of the firing line.
“We have to give him a platform on which to perform,” said Pardew.
“We are trying to find a way we can do that for him. He has played on the right, through the middle and even on the left a little bit.
“We are trying to find an avenue for him where we can get the best out of him.
“He’s an individual who needs time to adjust to the Premier League because it’s so much more physical than he is used to.
“He’s had some terrible decisions go against him, and been absolutely hammered and not been given fouls.
“The ref’s haven’t been giving them, and that power is what he needs in the Premier League.
“Half of it he needs to do himself by building his upper body and making sure he doesn’t go over easy. The other side of the coin is that we like to think referees will give him more protection that he’s getting.
“He’s not getting enough at the moment, that’s for sure.”