After we were beaten by Reading 2-1 at St. James’ Park in January, the good news for Newcastle fans was that we were bringing in Loic Remy from Marseilles as a replacement for the departed Demba Ba – but he changed his mind at the last minute when QPR offered him massive wages – said to be around £80K/week – and they would also give him a release clause in case they were relegated.
Loic Remy – Newcastle missed out on striker
But of course – we missed out on the French striker and didn’t replace Demba Ba in Jnauary, and that’s one of the reasons we’ve scored just 3 goals in our last 7 league games – we are short of strikers – especially when Shola Ameobi when he plays, seems to injure himself – and has a terrible injury record on Tyneside.
Alan Pardew held his press conference this afternoon, and he admitted that he had indeed watched the Wigan game, but Alan didn’t want to wish anything bad on one of this fellow Premier League managers Roberto Martinez.
This is some of what Alan said today:
“It would have given us a bit more power scoring goals because if you score goals, it takes pressure off your back four a little bit.” “I think we would have scored more and conceded fewer if he had signed – but he didn’t.”
“The fact that we lost out on Loic Remy was a major blow to our season. We lost our main goalscorer in Demba Ba and he was our replacement.” “We felt he was going to sign for us and then at the last minute, he changed his mind.”
“And that was a particular blow to us because it’s very difficult to get a striker in that window.””I am as worried about Remy as I am about Zamora, who I know very well.”
“I don’t fear Remy on Sunday. We have to be good enough to cope with the qualities he has got, which are many.”
As we reported earlier today, Moussa Sissoko and Shola Ameobi will miss the rest of the season, but the good news was that Davide Santon and Sylvain Marveaux trained today – so maybe they could be available for the last couple of games.
The manager said that if we can get a couple of wins in the last two games we could finish fairly high up the league form where we are at the moment – in 4th bottom place.
But he wasn’t raising expectations too much that we can get a win against the London side – which is really what we need.
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