REMY Cabella can write his name into Geordie folklore, according to Alan Pardew.
The summer signing has captured the imagination of Newcastle United fans already.
Cabella, signed from Montpellier for £7million, made his debut in last weekend’s season opener against Manchester City at St James’s Park.
And the 24-year-old showed his potential in the final third of the pitch.
While widely seen as a replacement for January departure Yohan Cabaye, Cabella, a dynamic attacking midfielder, is a very different player.
Cabaye, a fierce competitor, was often used in a deeper role, while Cabella is most at home with the ball at his feet in the final third of the pitch.
But they are similar in one sense according to United manager Pardew – they are both match-winners.
“They’re different players,” said Pardew, whose side take on Aston Villa at Villa Park this afternoon.
“What Remy does in terms of great moments in the game ... he can create them. Obviously, Cabaye could do that, so there’s a similarity in that.”
Importantly, Pardew feels he has a squad capable of giving the likes of Cabella and Siem de Jong, his fellow new signing, a platform to perform.
“You need a framework for those players and a platform to win games,” he said.
“Now we need the other side of it, that special quality that Cabaye gave us, that Demba Ba gave us, Loic Remy gave us.
“Cabella is very much a replacement for one of those three names.”
– MILES STARFORTH