When we wrote earlier today about Loic Remy’s future, we surmised there would be other clubs coming after the striker, and we thought even that Arsenal and Tottenham, and maybe even Chelsea could be interested in signing the striker for just £8M next summer.
Loic Remy – bye bye Newcastle
And today there are reports that Tottenham and West are already interested, and while West Ham need some strikers, since they have £15M Andy Carroll on £100K/week still out injured this season, they would not be a threat to Newcastle signing Remy – but Tottenham will be.
Tottenham are an ambitious club, and have been in Europe fairly regularly over the last few seasons, but mainly in the Europa League, but there ambitions are to break into the top four in England, and be in the Champions League.
So if Tottenham, or any one of Arsenal, the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool or Chelsea come after Remy next summer, Newcastle will have little chance of signing the player permanently.
And that’s because our ambitions are so muted compared to those other top six clubs in England, and it seems that under Mike Ashley he wants Newcastle to simply stay in the Premier League to collect the £60M to £100M dished out every season in May, and if possible be in the top half, so we are not fighting relegation.
And of course players like to play at the highest levels possible when they are good, and we wouldn’t blame Remy much if he did choose one of the top six clubs in England over Newcastle.
And it’s really one of the costs that Newcastle will continue to pay until they become a lot more ambitious than we have been under Mike Ashley these last six years.
That’s the truth – unfortunately.
What do you think?
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