JOHN Carver says Remy Cabella will flourish at Newcastle United – if the club can surround him with talent.
Cabella returned to Carver’s starting XI for Saturday’s home game against Arsenal.
I knew he was going to tire. But he showed some flashes of skill. He’s a huge talent.John Carver
The midfielder, signed from Montpellier last summer, had missed a month’s football with a knee injury.
And the 25-year-old showed “flashes of his skill” before tiring late in the 2-1 defeat to Arsenal.
Pacy Cabella – who is steadily getting to grips with the demands of the Premier League – is now focused on the Wear-Tyne derby against Sunderland on April 5.
“He just tired towards the end, which is natural because he’d had that injury with his medial ligament,” said Carver. “It was his first game back last week coming on off the bench (against Everton), so I knew he was going to tire.
“But he showed some flashes of skill. He’s a huge talent.”
Carver has already had discussions with the United’s hierarchy about the club’s transfer plans.
“We’re already speaking about summer investment,” said Carver.
“There are meetings coming up in the next few days to talk about recruitment, which is encouraging.”
Carver – who says he is “excited” by the names under consideration – is keen to see more players of Cabella’s ability at St James’s Park next season.
He added: “If we invest in the right way, and get players like him around him, then who knows what we can do?”
In the meantime, Carver – whose squad has been decimated by injury and suspension – must work with what he has at St James’s Park.
He spoke to his players about the derby in the aftermath of the Arsenal game.
“I’ve already done it because it’s important they know they have to be focused for it without getting too excited and pumped up for it,” said Carver.
“I think it’s important to put it in their minds now and make sure they don’t switch off and forget about the good work they have done (against Arsenal).
“It’s good to put in a good performance just before a derby game.
“We’ve already touched on it, because our preparation starts now for it, and we have got to get focused for it because we have not had a win against them for a while.
“It’s very important that we are focused for it, and we will have a normal week. There is no time off this week.”