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Newcastle Manager Not Worried About Star Player

2:26 pm, Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

Loic Remy hasn’t scored now for five games, and he missed a couple of gilt-edged chances against Southampton on Saturday, but Alan Pardew – who is known as an excellent coach of strikers – isn’t too worried about the QPR player on loan at the club this season.

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Loic Remy – after scoring at White Hart Lane
Yoan Gouffran has chipped in while Loic has been on his dry spell, and Yon has a goal in each of the last four games, and Moussa Sissoko scored his first goal recently too – a fantastic striker against West Brom that gave us the win.

Alan Pardew doesn’t seem too worried about Loic recent lack of goals:

“We spread it around reasonably well, but it would be nice to have goals from all sorts of areas of the pitch.”  “But I don’t think we are over-reliant on him, if I am honest. He’s just at the pinnacle of our attacks, mainly.”

“Being a natural goalscorer, he gets the bulk of the chances.”  “He is playing very well and we have just got to hope that continues.”

It remains to be seen if Newcastle can somehow persuade the French International to sign a permanent deal in January, much like fellow Frenchman Ben Arfa did three years ago, when he was also on loan – from Marseilles.

If his good form continues then Loic will likely wait until the summer, to see what other options he has, but he did the dirty on us in January, and maybe he will look at his situation – and realize he’s in a very good place at Newcastle.

It would be fantastic if he signed for us permanently next month.

For the record Loic has played 14 times for Newcastle with 8 goals, and you cannot complain with those numbers.

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60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    theartfuldodger @ 79

    ‘It would be absolutely amazing if Willo went to brazil’

    Nutty comment

  • 2 DokToon // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    “Yon has a goal in each…”

    we should sign his younger brother Hither Gouffran :)

  • 3 spitfire_ // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    When Pardew say ” if I am honest” … he is probably lying.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    As long as we are scoring i don’t mind if it’s remy or krul, as long as we win.

  • 5 Magpies-till-d3ath // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    So apparently we need a striker….hmm?

    1. Seydou Doumbia
    2. Abel Hernandez
    3. Kostas Mitroglu
    4. Bafetimbi Gomis
    5. Cheick Diabate
    6. Alfred Finbogasson

    All would provide that extra bit of pace/strength and goals. Doumbia is the perfect age, lightning quick and has scored goals his entire career. Only worry is that he has been playing in Russia. Hernandez is fairly similar except he creates more chances for his team-mates, although he’s only really begun scoring goals this year, in Serie B. Mitroglu would offer more strength and not so much pace, but this lad has proven he can do it at the highest level(UCL). Gomis, I think we all know all about him by now ;). Diabate would be my least preferred of all six but isn’t all that bad. Would be like a Shola with much more goals. Finbogasson, has tore the Eredivisie apart for two seasons now in a Herenveen team that isn’t particularly good. Quick, agile and good in the air given he isn’t the tallest.

    C’mon guys! I could be a scout no bother. ;)

  • 6 70TWO // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    Que 4231 with Shola up front and Remy on the bench.

  • 7 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    croftus

    I don’t think that Willo has had too many games with Saylor, not that that matters, but with Colo as you say he is the leader, but he tends to lead the lambs to the slaughter as he is that bad, whereas with Mbiwa who is far better than Colo you have a genuine partnership, I agree with what you say apart from Willo being the more vocal or being the leader if you prefer, Mbiwa was the Cptn at Montpellier when they won the league, he is a natural leader and organiser which brings the best out of Willo, but when Mbiwa is playing alongside Colo Mbiwa is being lead by a clown which makes Mbiwa look bad, at the end of the day the common denominator is Colo, who is so obviously the weak link, but sadly he is still Pardew’s first choice.

  • 8 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Magpies

    don’t give up your day job m8 lol, what we need above all else up front is power, someone to unsettle the opposition and hold the ball up, the nearest we have to that is Shola, he is poor, forget all this Nigeria has brought the best out of him nonsense, our system has brought the best out of him, now just imagine what an upgrade of Shola could do for us, and you missed the best of the lot Konstantinos Mitroglou, he plays for Olympiakos, is 6tf2″ tall and is superb with both feet, he is just what we need, look him up, you will be impressed.

  • 9 ethiomag // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    transfer sage
    i completely agreeeeee wid u ,as long as we win games,it doesn’t matter who scored who.but we definitely need atleast one more striker alongside him.Remy’ll continue scoring sooner or later,it’s the nature of football sometimes,messi didn’t score for 5 or 6 games since he return from injury remember.
    ts
    can u tell me how many times a club make training/prepare for the next game in a week??

  • 10 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Magpies

    I do apologise as you did have him on your list, well done you’ve got the job lol

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    ethiomag

    I honestly couldn’t tell you. It depends entirely on the manager.

    Some do a single training session a day for 3/4 days a week. Some do double sessions 5 days a week. It’s up to the manager, not sure what pardew does.

  • 12 scottoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Remy will be fine. He is getting into good spaces. He does need to learn to give it up some more…play for some nice little touches around the box…but overall his movement is good and his chances will come.

    Anyone with any news on his rape charges? I can’t find anything, but thought he was supposed to appear last month.

  • 13 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    TS

    how did the points versus placings debate end up, did they eventually realise that you were spot on or did they try to squirm out of it.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    spoof

    I have no idea, I had to leave as had things to do. I just didn’t see why points were more important.

    But not getting into that again, sure nobody wants to read it all.

  • 15 G // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    @13 / 14, I take it those points refer to a few ‘individuals’ who keep jacking the blog? Kind of why I don’t get on here that much these days.

  • 16 scottoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Spoof – Regarding Collo….are you having a laugh? Is your view the same as your name…a spoof? What is it about him that you don’t like, or that the rest of us don’t see.

  • 17 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    TS

    I have to say mind, that it was a good debate, it started with me and you against each other and then I was on your side as the debate evolved into a different debate, another thing which I must say is that on so many occasions I have found myself with a totally different view to yours, but you have never got personal or childish, always just commented in a good manner with good grace, for that I am thankful, it’s how it should always be, I just wish others could take your example.

  • 18 ethiomag // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    TS
    there is no way pardew’ll leave for spurs
    there is no way Remy ‘ll leave for QPR again
    there is no way Gomis ‘ll sign for othere english clubs but us
    there is no way s taylor ‘ll replace williamson

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    ethio

    Agree on pards
    Remy i am unsure, he will go where he gets the best offer, not just money but football too
    Gomis will go where he gets the best offer also, possibly us
    Taylor is too injury prone and won’t replace anyone

    Spoof

    I always think it’s best to try and discuss things, why bother posting if you don’t want debate, might as well just say things to myself if i won’t want others to comment or disagree.

  • 20 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    scottoon

    we all remember Colo’s first season which was very poor, even his biggest fan will admit to that, his second season in the Championship was very good, but in fairness we were men in a boys league so was that season a true reflection of his abilities ?, since we have been back up Colo has had some fantastic games, I could not argue, against Sunderland he was immence, but Colo at his best is when we are far superior to our opponents and Colo can put his footballing skills to good effect, but he is a defender, a defender at his best should be when we have to defend, and Colo cannot defend, he is slow generally, very slow off the mark, weak in the air and he is too easily pushed off the ball, Willo is Willo, with Colo he is poor, with Mbiwa he is now getting talked about for a possible England call-up, that says it all for me, I cannot understand why so many rate him as highly as they do, to show the ignorance of so many, they would say Colo v Sunderland where he was so majestic was probably his best display for us, how pathetically ignorant is that, he is a defender not a creative midfielder, the best performance which I have seen from Colo was the week before last against Man U where I saw Colo do things which I have never seen him do before, things like rush out and make himself big even though he could get hurt by doing so, putting his head on a ball knowing that a striker could possibly kick him in the head, generally he was brave and he really did impress me for the very first time ever. To little too late, unless he really has now realised that to succeed it may well be painful.
    Without any doubt whatsoever Colo’s best performance in a B&W shirt was against Man U because he done his job of defending and he done it bravely and effectively.

  • 21 cyprus // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    ‘Alan Pardew – who is known as an excellent coach of strikers’

    ? :)

  • 22 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    If Pardew could leave us for Spurs then I am sure he would, based on the fact that Pardew has sold something like £20m more than what he has spent and has currently got us into the top six then he must wonder what he could have achieved if he had a bit more backing which he would get at The Lane, if I was him it would be a no brainer, Spurs here I come, and could you blame him

  • 23 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    spoof

    fully agree, but i don’t see him being offered the job

  • 24 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    TS

    no neither do I, and I have to say fortunately as well as I feel that Pardew has done wonders with the restraints which he has had placed upon him.

  • 25 Transfer Sage // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    spoof

    i don’t say wonders but he has done a reasonable job…i think this team is getting the points it should be really

  • 26 scottoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Spoof – interesting take. I recognize his limitations, but I also see his reading of the game, and his ability to calmly bring the ball out of defence. I see him glide into coverage which allows Santon and Debuchy to press forward more. As I see it, if Willo has blossomed of late, it is because he had to. As much as I like Mbiwa, I still see some rash decision making. He has much to learn, and I think he learns it from Collo. This is the intangible role that Collo plays. He steadys things. He brings the experience. Have to say, I think you underestimate what he brings to the side. No question about his first two seasons….you are spot on there….but for me he is the rock at the back and with Willo’s heading ability, they are our best partnership.

  • 27 scottoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Agree Pardew won’t see a job offer from White Hart Lane. Not sure I buy the fact that this side has got the points it should. What I am not seeing (apart from Man U and Chelsea) is the side putting in 90 minutes. Too often it is a tale of two halves. I have no idea why there is the tactical shuffling when it seems unnecessary. If it ain’t broke…….

  • 28 ethiomag // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    spoof/TS
    it’s important to have experienced player/s in our squad.i know colo struggled to find himself for 3 or for yrs.it was pardew that makes him find himself,make him good cdf and so on.we ‘ve 2 give a lot of c to padew b/c he is excellent in man management.why did chris hughton sacked?b/c he was weak in m.mgt,no experience to settle coaching staffs so on.if he wants to leave i don’t mind b/c he was not irreplaceable.striker is nowadays difficult to replace if u think around.so it’s important moments we as a fan to keep support the club,the manager and players b/c if we get good result agst cp,stk arsenal b4 the new year,i’m confident we’ll finish in top 6 or even more
    it’s toon’s world..

  • 29 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Has there ever been a worse Premiership player than Shola to somehow play 272 premier league games (with 41 goals/ penalties).

    Shola symbolises everything that is wrong with English football. He has now played 374 games for Newcastle solely down to the fact that he is big and strong. He has probably stood in the way of superior players all his career because he occasionally wins a header and can hold the ball up.

    In youth football he would have been a handful to play against. I always struggled to play against strong or fast players when I was younger due to being a thin. In England these guys are fast-tracked ahead of far superior players who can pass or have great technique for the ones who are tough to play against. Only problem is when it comes to a higher standard these big stupid clumsy players are getting tore to shreds by the slight technical players from abroad and their weight is no longer an advantage. In England you only have a chance to succeed if you are a) big b) fast or c) a ferocious battler. When you look at our national team they are all really stupid thugs. But the bulldog spirit will win us no world cups. Also when we don’t encourage clever players is it a surprise we can’t produce good managers. I actually like John Terry and Wayne Rooney. They are good warriors, but they haven’t got the brains to manage.

  • 30 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    TS

    why do we judge a manager solely on what we perceive his squad to be capable of, what I mean is that since Pardew took over his net spend/income is ludicrous, by rights we should be now relegated, but we are top 6, but what so many fail to realise is that Pardew brought these players in and he has got them playing his way, without Pardew we would have by now gone down as history has proven that if you weaken your squad you do drop down, with Pardew we have weakened our hand in monetry value but on the pitch we are much stronger, so is wonders really that extreme.

  • 31 DokToon // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    pards is nowhere near the second coming… but ill give him credit, hes got us in good form lately, may he keep it up!

  • 32 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Pardew did not buy those players. It’s Graham Carr & Mike Ashleys policies (including keeping faith with pards & only buying younger hungry players) that are responsible for us doing well.

    If Pardew had been given the choice of who to buy we’d have players like Matt Taylor, Hooper, Defoe, Bent, Downing. We’d still be buying Man U’s cast offs on huge wages.

  • 33 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    I dropped my phone in the toilet today; don’t ask me how or why :(

    …I am just really bumed uot today!

  • 34 Thump // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    @29: I always struggled to play against strong or fast players

    I guess you are the next Mike Williamson after all! ;)

  • 35 Rotonda heights // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    the next mw

    very good point.
    we are doing well now but with half the French national team we b…y well should be!!

  • 36 Rotonda heights // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    jesper

    does it still work?

  • 37 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    scottoon and ethiomag

    I appreciate your views, only a fool couldn’t, but experience seems to be the common denominator here, Colo ceretainly has it, but having it it useless if you don’t use it, attack could can be a free for all which causes mayhem, defence has always got to be one, I do not see that with Colo, what I see with Willo with Mbiwa is if the ball is in row z we will not concede within the next 15 seconds, that is vital, quick free kick or throw in and your caught, Colo is and always has been a hindrance, but against Man U it must have been his better and braver twin

  • 38 The next Mike Williamson // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    haha. i could have been the next mike williamson :)

  • 39 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    I have left it on the radiator to dry!

    …it’s wouldn’t start :(

  • 40 Thump // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    @jesper: One of the worst things you can do with wet electronics is to turn it back on. Put it on it’s side and leave it on a windowsill or something for 24 hours. If you can pull the battery/sim/etc. out do it. Don’t put it in direct heat (ie: on the radiator) and whatever you do, don’t listen to anybody telling you to put it in a bag of rice.

  • 41 tequilamag // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    Jesper make sure you take the battery off

  • 42 tequilamag // Dec 17, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    and don`t leave it directly on the radiator

  • 43 Rotonda heights // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Spoof

    Just because we didn’t spend massively doesn’t mean we haven’t got an awful lot of quality. Sissoko was once valued at 23M and M’biwa at 13.8M.

    Just because they didn’t cost much, ie Gouffran for only 0.5M is hardly ” putting restraints ” on the manager. Most managers would love our squad. Some like Anita, Marveaux, M’Biwa, Cisse, Ben Arfa etc can’t even make the squad let alone the team.

    Carr brought these players in and I don’t think they are Pardew’s picks at all but fair play the penny has finally dropped and Pardew is slowly realising he is going to be more successful getting technical players to play football rather than negative hoofball.

  • 44 scottoon // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Spoof – I guess as an old fart I always value experience! Bottom line is that Willo has been the common denominator in more clean sheets, so maybe the discussion ought to be who benefits most from playing with him. Frankly don’t care much either way if the results keep coming.

  • 45 yo-yo // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Rotonda / Spoof

    I think ALL our signings are discussed and negotiated – I’m sure Pardew has had a fair if not final influence on who to go for all along. The plan seemed to be to identify three or so choices for the position they’re looking for and then Carr reported to Llambias and Pardew – with Ashley holding a veto / final approval. Joke confuses the issue but basically substitutes for Llambias.
    The overall policy was set up by Ashley so Pardew has certainly just had to go along with that but an owner who has shown remarakable faith in his manager despite some serioius failings is highly unlikely to leave him out of the equation completely in terms of signings

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Just a quick one, Pardew hasn’t worked wonders with the squad at his disposal. Over-performed then under-performed (wombling free, sorry, awful I know) and at the minute we are about where I expected and the points tally I would expect, although picked them up in different games to what I thought.

    Anyway, off to play 5 a side now. Catch up with this later/tomorrow.
    We are on a very good run of form, and credit should go to the entire first team squad, manager and staff, and Ashley and Carr for this. Would we be better off with 1 or 2 more in the summer, in my opinion yes, but no mistake this is a good squad of players that Ashley, Llambias, Carr and Pardew have assembled.

    The players are playing well, Pardew seems to be adapting his style and getting results, let’s see if Ashley will step up like everyone else has and add the centre half and striker that will enable us to kick on further in January.

  • 47 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Stupid fusking computer!! Seems to have a mind of its own at times!! The 1st sentence of the 2nd para was meant to be at the end, some how I dragged it up before posting….

  • 48 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Thanks guys :)

    Battery and Sim-card is out and I have taken the back side of the phone off as well.

    I’ll leave it to dry the next 24 hours or so!

  • 49 Spoof // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    RH

    Get over it, Pardew is the manager and will be for a sustained period, and why shouldn’t he be, he took over something like 6th from bottom, sold in the region of £15m profits and we are a better team, the man is a magician

  • 50 Thump // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    @jesper: Just don’t get the urge to turn it back on! Let it do it’s thing. Maybe let it sit longer if needs be. Best of luck, mate!

  • 51 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    We could either pay full price when there’s a desire for a particular sort of player or we could play hard ball with the negotiation and get player for a cut price.

    The first option would either leave us with a lot more debt or with fewer to players. The latter option has given us a very good squad in our 4th season back in the PL.

    For all those who think we could spend 20 or 30 million and get into the CL, I’d just like to point at how much Spurs and Liverpool have spent in recent years and how tough those clubs have found it to get into the CL.

  • 52 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Jesper- what model of phone is it?

  • 53 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Anyway I heard Alan Pardew has been linked with the Newcastle job. Can’t see it ever happening though.

    :)

  • 54 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Thump…thanks mate :)

    …did sadly try to turn it on earlier; hope it will work again!

  • 55 bills-son // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I like the look of Mitroglou. Big, strong, quick and a cool finisher who also packs a helluva shot. Exactly the type of CF we need.

    Finbogasson looks like a good finisher but he doesn’t have a physical presence and those type of players from foreign leagues usually struggle in the Prem.

  • 56 ToonDarnSarf // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    I don’t think Pardew has worked wonders with the squad at his disposal either. He’s done a good job but he’s not exactly a tactical genius. Fergie was the master at making the most of his squad, I can think of Rodgers with Swansea and Martinez with Wigan who have done it recently too.

    We finished in 5th because key players were on top form and rarely missed games, not because of Pardew’s tactical genius. This year we’re doing well because we have a top 8 team and key players haven’t missed many games either.

    He’s a good man manager and he’s a decent manager, but I don’t think we need to worry that Spurs will chase after him to get them into the Champions League…

  • 57 John Tudor // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    best chuck it in bucket of distilled water leave to dry naturally

  • 58 Tsunki // Dec 17, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Jesper the type of phone is important, if it’s an iPhone you are probably best leaving it in the toilet.

    Good shout about not putting it in a bag of rice, should be pasta twists every time, preferably tricolore. If you are going to cook the pasta afterwards boil it really really well. Then throw it away what were you thinking? :(

  • 59 dcdick // Dec 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    “Alan Pardew is known as an excellent coach of strikers”

    All I have seen is strikers coming here, scoring goals at first then slowly fading away into not scoring. Is that the sign of ex coaching ?

    You couldn’t make this up !!!!

    Pardew out !!!

  • 60 bobby mango // Dec 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Where’s this excellent coach of strikers bs come from?
    Cisse has really flourished under hasn’t he?!




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