Former Newcastle United midfielder Remy Cabella enjoyed a solid night in the Champions League last night as Krasnodar held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw.
The 30-year-old scored the opening goal of the game at Stamford Bridge, with the Russian outfit dropping into the Europa League after finishing third in the group.
It was Cabella’s eighth goal of the campaign with the ex-Magpie now seemingly enjoying his football.
An air of intrigue whizzed through St James’ Park in 2014 when Newcastle parted with £7 million to sign the versatile player from Marseille.
He was dubbed the man to replace Yohan Cabaye who had departed six months earlier for PSG.
The man with four caps for France became Alan Pardew’s fourth signing that summer following Jack Colback, Siem De Jong and Ayoze Perez to the club.
The most eye-catching aspect of the deal was the length of his contract. Cabella penned a staggering six-year deal with Newcastle, despite signing as a relatively unknown performer.
What went wrong at Newcastle?
Quite simply, the Frenchman flattered to decieve.
He struggled to cope with the demands of the Premier League and never really looked like living up to his billing as the man to replace Cabaye.
In 34 appearances for Newcastle he scored just once in a 3-0 win over Hull City during the 2014/15 campaign.
Cabella was loaned back to Marseille after a single season before rejoining them permanently the following year.
It ended his Newcastle nightmare, with the Magpies recouping £6.3 million and making a small loss on the player.
One aspect that perhaps didn’t help him in England was his inability to nail down a position.
His versatility was evident, with Newcastle trying him on the left, right and through the middle in the No.10 role.
Nothing really stuck though and ultimately the signing proved to be a poor piece of business.
At Krasnodar, he seems to have settled and is clearly enjoying himself in a regular No.10 role.
Chelsea found out what he is capable of last night and after flopping in English football he might have taken some satisfaction from his latest strike.