REMY Cabella WILL soon set the Premier League alight – after enduring a baptism of fire in England – says Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.
The midfielder was dropped from the starting XI for the Magpies’ last game, the 2-2 draw at Swansea a fortnight ago.
And Cabella, signed from Montpellier for £7m, could again be on the bench for tomorrow’s Premier League fixture against Leicester.
The 24-year-old was pitched in at the deep end at the start of the season by manager Alan Pardew.
Cabella showed glimpses of his 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 power of the league.
Under-pressure Pardew is confident that 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 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.”