The signing of Loic Remy a week last Monday was a real shot in the arm for the Newcastle fans, but unfortunately we haven’t been able to follow that up with the signing of Bafe Gomis or Darren Bent, and it now looks like Bent will go to Fulham on a season-long loan deal.
Loic Remy – a great signing but the only one
And it seems Newcastle players last week were buoyed by the arrival of the 26 year-old top French International striker, who seems to be quite a character, and Tim Krul has talked to the local press about the only senior signing so far this summer:
“Loic Remy’s given everybody a boost – that’s what everybody has been waiting for,” “They’re the kind of players we like to sign.”
“Newcastle is such a big club, and those are the kind of players that are going to make us better. “We’re definitely delighted with that.”
“Everybody looks fit and sharp.” “Pre-season’s not all about the results – it’s about fitness and confidence.” “It’s nice to get the chance to play behind the boys again and have that feeling.”
“Three and a half months is a long time out, and I’m looking forward to the first game.” “It’s going to be a season where we have to take it game by game.” “I think we belong in the top 10 – 100%.”
“Like the gaffer Alan Pardew said before, we’ll look where we are in January and February.” “Hopefully, we’ll do what we did two seasons ago.”
Newcastle’s goal to finish in the top 10 is hardly earth shattering, after we finished 5th a short 15 months ago, but we suppose that’s a conservative goal – we hope that’s a conservative goal.
And Newcastle could be a lot more ambitious and think more about how we can become a top four team in the Premier League, rather than bickering over transfer fees of our top transfer targets every summer.
We had the excruciating non-transfer of Mathieu Debuchy last summer, and the same thing seems to be happening with Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon this summer – why is it always so hard for Newcastle to sign their top targets?
Stewart Downing – signed for West Ham yesterday
That doesn’t seem to be the case with other Premier League clubs, and West Ham just signed Stewart Downing yesterday – with lightning speed..
There are bigger things possible for Newcastle in football, than just getting good deals on players in the transfer market – and Mike Ashley and company would do well to get an injection of real ambition for the famous Tyneside club.
Are there any of those types of injections on the market yet?
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