OM started the season dreadfully, and their struggles were compounded by the loss of Marcelo Bielsa—as well as a host of star names—during the summer. However, new coach Michel has finally got the side ticking again, and the manager has steadily begun to find team cohesion and mutual understanding among the many new faces drafted in to fill the various gaps in the squad this summer.
One of those is Cabella, who was brought in on loan from Newcastle United after struggling to make the grade at St. James’ Park having moved to the club from France in 2014.
While Cabella has taken his time to demonstrate that he can replicate the unpredictable—and unreliable—genius of Thauvin, he has started to rediscover the form that made him such a sought-after talent during his time at Montpellier.
He bagged the only goal of the game to down Rennes—his first strike since returning to France—when he struck past Benoit Costil from outside the box on 21 minutes after being played in by Mauricio Isla.
Cabella, playing in the hole, was the game’s outstanding individual, while another OM star of recent weeks, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, could have doubled OM’s lead just before half time.
Ultimately, the visitors were unable to extend their lead, and could have been pegged back late on when Benjamin Mendy brought down Juan Quintero in the box, only for the referee to wave play on.