Alan Pardew is set to hand Remy Cabella his first start in a month tonight when his Newcastle side travel to Manchester for a Capital One Cup tie against current holders Manchester City.
It has been a turbulent start to Cabella's career on Tyneside and a failure to impress Pardew meant he made just two substitute appearances since his abject display against Stoke City last month.
However, the club's big summer signing was instrumental in helping Newcastle win at Tottenham on Sunday after setting up Ayoze Perez's winner from the bench and Pardew is set to reward his efforts with a start against the Premier League champions.
Speaking about his start at Newcastle, Cabella said: "I didn’t give what he wanted (Pardew). He preferred to put me on the bench. Coming on, you have to make a difference.
"I didn’t give what he wanted (Pardew). He preferred to put me on the bench. Coming on, you have to make a difference.”
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A win against City would put the Magpies into the quarter-finals, a place that has been unfamiliar territory in recent years. But, after wins against Leicester and Tottenham, it seems that Newcastle's fortunes seem to be turning and they will go into this tie with great confidence.
Perez is also set to start after his heroics in the capital last weekend and the 21-year-old will be in even greater spirits after picking up two prestigious prizes at the Liga de Futbol Profesional’s annual awards on Monday night, including Liga Adelante’s breakthrough player and being named Segunda Division’s best attacking midfielder.
Pardew will be unable to call upon the likes of Papiss Cisse and Chieck Tiote though, who both miss out through injury, whilst youngster Rolando Aarons has been included in the provisional squad for the game.
Newcastle will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season's exit, when they were coincidentally knocked out at the same stage by City at St James' Park.