REMY Cabella has warned the Premier League’s boot boys that they won’t kick him off his stride.
Cabella was given a bruising introduction to English football in Newcastle United’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City last weekend, given close attention by midfield pair Yaya Toure and Fernando.
But the Magpies’ £7million summer signing still showed glimpses of his talent.
And Cabella, a dynamic, attacking midfielder, is confident he can quickly adjust to the physical demands of the Premier League – and the kind of close attention he will get in the division as Newcastle’s chief attacking threat.
The slightly-built France international, preparing for tomorrow’s game at Aston Villa, has also been working on his physique since arriving on Tyneside.
Asked about the experience against City, the 24-year-old said: “I definitely felt that!
“The referee doesn’t always blow when you take a knock, and I felt a few knocks!
“I’m here to learn. I’ll get in the gym and make sure I’m a bit bigger to maybe stand up to it a little bit better.
“I’ve got to work on that.”
Cabella – who lined up behind fellow new signing Emmanuel Riviere against City – feels the pace and intensity of the Premier League is markedly different to France’s Ligue 1.
The Corsican admits he is on a steep learning curve.
“The speed and intensity of the game is much different to France,” said Cabella, who won the league title during his time at Montpellier.
“It’s a real change from Ligue 1. It’s end to end – you’re attacking and you’re defending.
“It just goes really, really fast. It’s definitely different in that respect.
“I just need to get used to how fast it goes.
“I’ll take a little bit of time to learn, but I’ll learn as fast as I can.”
Cabella won praise from Newcastle manager Alan Pardew after the City game, which was decided by goals from David Silva and Sergio Aguero.
“You know he is going try something,” said Pardew. “He is going to make a moment and when he has a hot day. He is going to punish teams.
“He’s a little bit like (Samir) Nasri and Silva for Man City. He has that quality on the corners of the box to take that extra second, that extra moment to make the pass, and I was really pleased with him.
“I thought he might struggle, especially against the champions, physically, but I thought he coped quite well, and that was really pleasing.”