Newcastle fans will get their first chance to see striker Loic Remy today in the game against Fulham this afternoon, and if Newcastle are going to have a decent season, and we suppose that means staying in the top half of the table and avoiding relegation, then Loic Remy will need to become a big player on Tyneside.
Loic Remy – can become big player at Newcastle
Certainly the way he played for struggling QPR earlier this year, seems to suggest he can become a top Premier League striker, and his speed and movement, and goal scoring prowess is exactly what Newcastle need at the moment.
Hatem Ben Arfa knows Remy well, and both played at Lyon together from 2006-2008, although Ben Arfa left Marseilles in August of 2010 for Newcastle, when Loic arrived at Marseilles from Nice, but of course both players have been in the French squad and both are 26 years of age.
This is what Ben Arfa told the local papers today about Loic:
“I know Loic well,” “He’ll bring a lot of things to the team.” “He’s a striker, and he loves to score a lot of goals. He makes a lot of runs, and can keep the ball.”
“It’s a very, very good thing that he has come to Newcastle. I think we’re going to be stronger with him. I’m looking forward to playing with him again.”
“I had a very good pre-season – we worked very hard – and I know I am important to this team.” “I’m going to do my best for this team. I want to help us get back to the top 10.”
Certainly it’s obvious Ben Arfa is trying to jump start Newcastle this season, and when he came on at Morecambe on Wednesday night his extra class was evident, and he put a great ball through to Shola late in the game, and the big man dispatched the ball brilliantly into the back of the net, for Newcastle’s all important first goal,
Both Remy and Cabaye will likely start on the bench today, and we’ll see both top players in the second half, at some point today.
Of course if Loic does have a great season for the Magpies, we are likely to lose him next summer as other English clubs with more ambition will be able entice him away from Newcastle United, who seem to be becoming a small club far too quickly, and are now only a stepping stone for top players – before they join bigger clubs.
That’s all very sad, but also true.
What do you think?
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