REMY Cabella has put himself in the frame to start against Chelsea – after sparking a comeback at Turf Moor.
Cabella came off the bench at the break with Newcastle United trailing Burnley 1-0.
And the summer signing helped revitalise Alan Pardew’s side, who had had an abject first half.
It was a shot from Cabella, blocked by Stephen Ward, which led to the move for Papiss Demba Cisse’s 48th-minute goal, which saw Newcastle claim a point from a 1-1 draw.
United manager Pardew is now considering starting the 24-year-old against Premier League leaders Chelsea at St James’s Park on Saturday.
“Cabella gave us some technical ability and produced a really great second half for us,” said Pardew.
“That’s really good news. We’ve been waiting for him to come alive. He’s been a slow burner, but he changed the game.”
Asked if slightly-built Cabella’s performance on a freezing night in Lancashire ticked another box for him, Pardew added: “They are the kind of question marks you put against an eight-stone Frenchman.
“He played like one of the front row of a rugby team in the second half – he was terrific.
“He’s not going to be dominant physically. He has to be a player to get on the ball and create, and he did that.
“He was instrumental in the goal.”
Cabella, signed from Montpellier for £7m, has been in and out of Pardew’s team this season.