REMY Cabella is close to a recall for Newcastle United – after being dropped by France.
Cabella has been on the bench during the club’s four-game winning run.
And the attacking midfielder’s spell on the bench has cost him his place in Didier Deschamps’s France squad.
But United manager Alan Pardew feels Cabella, signed from Montpellier in the summer, has reacted to his omission in the right way.
The 24-year-old could come back into the equation against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns tomorrow with Gabriel Obertan injured and Rolando Aarons doubtful.
Pardew feels Cabella is “getting to grips” with the Premier League.
Asked about his decision to drop Cabella after Newcastle’s defeat at Stoke City, Pardew said: “We didn’t have any wins – I needed to make sure we were strong enough.
“I think he’s beginning to get the intensity of the division. The cameos he’s done have been significant.
“He’s on the cusp of starting again now as he gets to grips with what this division’s about. It’s about physicality and mentality, about where you should be on the pitch at a particular time.
“I think some of his play is too central. He needs to kind of open up the pitch a little bit at times.”
Pardew feels slightly-built Cabella – who was given a bruising welcome to English football – is realising the challenges that would be deemed fouls in France are acceptable in the Premier League.
“His conduct and professionalism are very, very impressive,” said Pardew.
“That gives you heart that he’s going to be a success. Obviously, he’s definitely got technical quality.
“I don’t think he really gets referees. He moans (in training) when me and John (Carver) referee. He goes down he finds that some of the challenges in this divisions should be fouls.
“He genuinely believes that – but they’re not. “
Pardew is confident he will find a way to get Cabella and Moussa Sissoko – United’s standout player in recent weeks – into the same side.
He said: “Moussa’s playing some of his best football. The last three games he has been a mountain.
“Him and Cabella are completely different, but if we can find a way to play them both we can have the best of both worlds. They are very different.”