Loic Remy Staying Permanantly – That’s An Ongoing Thing

It took only two minutes yesterday for Loic Remy to score his eighth league goal for the club, and then the excellent Yoan Gouffran scored his 4th goal of the campaign, following an excellent Shola Ameobi header that been only partially saved – and so 2-0 up at break and we were flying – but Newcastle made hard work of killing off the game in the second half, and we came out winners by only 2-1.

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Loic Remy in action yesterday

But as Alan Pardew was quick to point out after the game, it was a win and Newcastle are never good against poor sides after beating the big boys like Chelsea and Tottenham, and he’s right there.

Lots of Newcastle fans are wondering what the status of Loic Remy is at Newcastle, and Alan said the Frenchman still has things to learn as a player, but that he played well again yesterday:

“That’s another goal for Loic and it keeps his run going. I thought that was one of his best games today, but he is still a young player and he is still learning.”

“There were a couple of times when he could have set other plays up and didn’t. It’s too early for me to talk about him staying beyond the end of the season, that’s an ongoing thing.”

“Shola has had some fantastic players as competition while he has been here, and he has that again now with Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa on the bench.”

“I’ve challenged him to find that consistency and credit to him because he has done that. He was excellent for us today, especially in the first half. He played for Nigeria on Monday and he’s not the sort of lad who can play two games in a week regularly because he’s a big guy. He was cramping up at the end.”

Shola looked very good yesterday, and at times showed some nifty footwork, and he looks a player who has had a second lease on life, with the 32 year-old in all likelihood to play in the World Cup for Nigeria next summer in Brazil.

Alan Pardew has always been a good coach for strikers, and he seems to be improving Loic as a player.

We wonder if Loic every thinks that he’s got a great position at Newcastle (a cushy number), both on and off the pitch, and he would do well to remember – a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Just remember what happened to Demba Ba, who was also outstanding at Newcastle – that was before he left for Chelsea.

It would be a coup if Newcastle can get this lad signed up permanently either in January or is the summer, and it’s good to hear it’s an ongoing thing.

At least it tells us that Newcastle are trying their best to sign the player behind the scenes.

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5 comments so far

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Shola was definitely in the mood yesterday and is justifying the faith put in him and the decision to give him a starting spot, thought he was terrific yesterday deserved a goal, had a couple of great efforts (definitely went off at the right time though after his wild shot!)

    14toonarmydownsouth // Nov 24, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Agree it was a weak challenge for the goal, and he was caught out over and over
    He was caught with a route one ball over the top which luckily Redmond fluffed, there was a little chip across the six yard box which willo called for him to clear but he was sluggish and mid read the jump and was almost punished by Russell Martin

    It wasn’t just his defensive display, the team seemed to bypass him as well, many times he was the easy option but the team used krul or wilo

    I’m guessing the lads didn’t take to well to his comments either

  • roy

    Nov 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Pardew, should move Colocini, on in January and sign a young replacement along with another striker to replace Cisse.

  • bobby mango

    Nov 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed – don’t agree Pardew is a good coach for strikers. Cisse’s decline is completely contrary to that argument. Remy hasn’t been coached into what we’re getting, he arrived here this good. Campbell hasn’t come on at all.

    Gouffran is doing great but we all like him because he’s a grafter. Again he came here with that style of play. Don’t to think Pardew has added much to his game.

    Ambeobi. Great to see him playing so well. Perhaps Pardew can get credit for that one.

    This isn’t Pardew hating. Just saying I don’t think saying he’s a good coach of strikers is accurate.

  • Magickit

    Nov 24, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #4

    From what i ve seen. Cisse plays well n knows the offside rule well based on the last motion while sissoko was fouled. He ran brilliantly

  • Sav

    Nov 24, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #5

    Shola has improved over the last 3 seasons and now seems to be regularly fit, albeit with a 70 minute time- limit. Credit to Fay Downey? He is bulkier than ever, his touch has improved and these days is playing with a smile as wide as the Tyne. Add to that he is a calm head who reads the situation very well and I can’t say he’s ever been this good. He is bossing defences and playing in his team-mates. Everyone knows how frustrating he has been in the past. But if the club lets him leave on a free in the summer, it will be a mistake as he has become a bit of a monster..


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