In the summer of 2014, Newcastle United signed Remy Cabella from Montpellier on a six-year-deal as yet another French player moved to the north-east.
The Frenchman joined Newcastle following an impressive season with Montpellier where he scored 14 goals to go with seven assists. Following that season, it’s not surprising why the fans were so excited by his arrival.
Unfortunately for Newcastle fans, he began his career badly as Newcastle lost 2-0 to Man City at home and in truth, that was a sign of things to come.
Here’s what the fans said on his arrival at the club…
@NUFC so happy !! Great news !
— Nathan Cooper (@Cooperman9) July 13, 2014
@NUFC YES FINALLY. ONLY TOOK LIKE 2 YEARS SINCE WE WERE FIRST LINKED WITH HIM.
— Stevie Daglish (@steviedagsi) July 13, 2014
— Thomas Hefford (@ThomasHefford) July 14, 2014
@NUFC In the immortal words of Homer J Simpson…. "Wahoooo"
— Kelly (@kmwarn68) July 15, 2014
@NUFC what a player! Great signing! Imagine Ben Arfa and Cabella on their best on the wings!
— I_Am_Dylan (@dylanroux) July 13, 2014
— Jamie Ball (@Jamie_Ball) July 13, 2014
@NUFC you beauty
— JJH (@nycTOON) July 13, 2014
While the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Loic Remy and Yohan Cabaye had made the successful jump from France to Newcastle, Cabella struggled. In fairness to the diminutive playmaker, he was playing in a side managed by the infamous Alan Pardew, who was at the helm of a team that was going down.
Cabella played 31 games for Newcastle in the league but only scored one goal. He was voted the club’s ‘Player of the Month’ for January but that was the one highlight of a pretty poor career in Newcastle.
He was sent on loan only a year after joining the club in a deal that saw another future Newcastle flop, Florian Thauvin, join the club. While in France the once tricky winger did see an upturn in form but, after such a poor time in Newcastle, he was never going to return to St James’.
He was sold to Marseille the following summer to end what was a poor spell at Newcastle and it seems the Geordie faithful were completely wrong to express such rich enthusiasm following his arrival.