Fans of the Premier League have exploded in the last week having seen Newcastle’s summer signing Remy Cabella come in and pull off all sorts of skills and tricks, and bringing another attacking talent into the best league in the world. Despite this, how do his stats match up in Newcastle’s game against Aston Villa on Saturday?
Against Villa on Saturday, Cabella completed 36 of the 40 passes you can see above, with many coming in the final third of the pitch, and all four failed came after the 60th minute. In comparison, in the City game which everyone was so impressed with, he managed to complete 39 out of his 46, a worse comparison to that against Villa, but it’s not a surprise with how deep Villa kept throughout the game. This is again shown by Cabella’s pass completion statistics, completing 90% of his passes against Aston Villa compared to 85% against Manchester City in the opening weekend. Pardew brought the young Frenchman in to be a key focal point of a struggling Newcastle side, and key passes and assists are where Pardew needs Cabella to perform. Yet to register an assist seeing as Newcastle are yet to score, but 3 key passes at Villa and 4 at home to City show a positive sign, and the assists will come if Newcastle can find that top, top striker, who they hope could come in the form of Emmanuel Riviere, another French summer signing for big money AS Monaco.
A weakness noticed by many in Cabella’s game in the opening two games is a lack of end product. Having notched up 14 goals for Montpellier last season, I didn’t think goal scoring would come as too much of a problem, but two games into the Premier League season and the creative midfielder is yet to register a shot on target. Some exciting runs against Manchester City ended in close calls, both going over from 8 and 18 yards. Against Villa, he had the best chance of the game when the ball found it’s way through a number of bodies to Cabella and he seemed to get his legs caught up, eventually seeing a weak effort trickle wide from 6 yards.
A drop in performance between the City and Villa games is evident, and this can also be seen by his number of touches in each game. Against Manchester City, appearing full of energy, Cabella touched the ball more than any other player on the pitch, with 80 touches of the ball, but against Villa he touched the ball just 64 times, putting him 6th in Newcastle’s team alone. In terms of the stats in the pictures above, Cabella showed what may seemed to be a lack of effort in the Villa game. Having a successful four take-on’s out of six against a side as good as Manchester City, then not managing to complete one out of two in against a side like Aston Villa.
Overall, Remy Cabella looked very positive in the opening fixture against Manchester City, but looked a totally different player against Aston Villa on Saturday. If the French international can continue to show what he did against City with pace, trickery and class to match, he could go on to be a great player for Newcastle for years to come.
What have you made of Remy Cabella’s start to his Premier League career at Newcastle United? Will his performances only continue to improve once he becomes used to the frenetic action of England’s top flight? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @TBRFootball .