REMY Cabella WILL soon set the Premier League alight – after enduring a baptism of fire in England.
The Newcastle United midfielder was dropped from the starting XI for the club’s last game, the 2-2 draw at Swansea City a fortnight ago.
And Cabella, signed from Montpellier for £7m, could again be on the bench for this afternoon’s Premier League fixture against Leicester City at St James’s Park.
The 24-year-old was pitched in at the deep end at the start of the season by United manager Alan Pardew.
Cabella showed glimpses of his undoubted talent in his first few starts.
But the France international and fellow summer signing Emmanuel Riviere – who also lost his place against Swansea – need time to adjust to the pace and pace of the league.
Under-pressure Pardew is confident Cabella and Riviere will start having an influence on the pitch “sooner rather than later”, though Riviere is doubtful for the Leicester game with a knock.
“It’s like anything – when you are not winning games, everything gets blown a little bit up,” said Pardew.
“I think Manu (Riviere) and Remy have got to be given more opportunity in terms of settling.
“They have played seven games. We put them in because we had no Papiss and we had great belief in them.
“I believe they are going to come to us sooner rather than later in terms of their real ability.
“You need to gain your confidence and without a win it has been difficult for those guys.
“But I do hope that whether it is Saturday or in the next two or three, that they deliver for us.”
Slightly-built Cabella – who is working on his physical strength – didn’t make it off the bench against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, but he is likely to feature against Leicester on home turf.
Pardew said: “I’ve shown here and through my career I’ll give young players a chance and players the chance to return if they produce the form and commitment that’s needed to regain their place.
“When you get that odd cameo you have to deliver. It’s difficult for those players sometimes to secure that place.”
NEWCASTLE United can finally feel the “force” of Gabriel Obertan – three years into the winger’s St James’s Park career.
Obertan’s future looked to lie away from the club in the summer.
The 25-year-old, in his fourth season at Newcastle, only made five substitute appearances last season.
But Obertan is back in the starting XI at United.
And manager Alan Pardew says Obertan - who set the first of Papiss Demba Cisse’s two goals against Swansea City a fortnight ago - is finally translating his training ground form on to the pitch in a make-or-break campaign for him.
“Gabby’s a player that on the training ground you would pick every day,” said Pardew.
“It’s about transferring that to a matchday, and when he does - like he has done recently - then he is a real force.
“We need to keep that self-belief in him.
“He’s getting older now - he is getting to that point where he has to deliver week in, week out.
“So for Gabby, it is a big period for him.”
Obertan’s biggest asset is his pace, and Pardew has labelled him as “breathtaking” on the occasions he harnesses this in the opposition’s half.
“Obertan has had some games, at home in particular, where it’s not gone well for him,” said Pardew.
“But when it does go well for him, he can make us look a different side. We’re hoping he’s reached an age when he can deliver.
“I don’t think anyone would question his ability - sometimes he can be absolutely breathtaking - but he needs to reproduce it on matchdays.”
Sammy Ameobi came off the bench at the Liberty Stadium to set up Cisse’s second goal at the Liberty Stadium.
The 22-year-old, out of contract next summer, is playing for his future at St James’s Park.
“Some players come later than others,” said Pardew.
“We have still got our fingers crossed for Sammy. He hasn’t really delivered for us, but he’s had moments.
“In training and in games recently, we’ve seen more moments, and that’s encouraging.”