Newcastle attacking-midfielder Remy Cabella has admitted that he must prove his worth to manager Alan Pardew, reports Sky
Cabella lost his place in Newcastle’s starting eleven due to a lack of goal contribution, but made a notable introduction off the bench against Tottenham that saw him setting up a goal in their recent 2-1 away win.
“Not being in the starting XI against Tottenham and for three matches now was not a sanction. It was logical. The manager played me in the starting XI during the first two months and I didn’t score or assist. Putting me on the bench and not even playing at Swansea hit my pride. But I didn’t give up, I worked even harder,” he said.
Big things were expected of the former Montpellier man, 24, as he enjoyed a standout campaign in the French Ligue 1 last season, scoring 14 goals and making 5 assists. But he struggled with the intensity of the Premier League upon his arrival, and is slowly finding his feet.
“(Pardew) trusted me to play the second half against Tottenham. I got my first assist, which is good for trust. Alan Pardew has spoken to me a lot. He has made things clear. He tells me when I am on the bench if things are good or not. He wants me to be decisive and score goals. I haven’t done that so far. That’s why I haven’t been playing a lot.”
Big things were expected of the former Montpellier man, 24, as he enjoyed a standout campaign in the French Ligue 1 last season, scoring 14 goals and making 5 assists.
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