Unfortunately – very unfortunately – Loic Remy has already having been ruled out of the trip down south to Southampton on Saturday, and it’s now been three weeks since he played his last game for the team – for France in a friendly against Holland, when he picked up his injury.
Vurnon Anita - in action against Fulham
And the chances of Newcastle getting anything out of this game must be slim – because the Saints play very much like Everton – and they are very quick on the break, and we just haven’t been able to score with Loic out of the side – in fact the only time we’ve done that with Loic missing was against Crystal Palace.
That’s once in eight games and that’s why everybody went bonkers – but it doesn’t say too much about out current strike force either.
We may be able to score on Saturday – but it will probably be a tough slog, which is why we need Ben Arfa starting that game as a withdrawn striker with a free roaming role.
This is what Vurnon Anita has said today:
“Everybody knows that Loic is very important for us,” “He makes scoring goals look very easy, and when you lose a player like that for whatever reason, you are always going to be a bit disappointed.”
“But that is not to say that we cannot score goals if Loic is not in the side (yes it does). I should have scored against Everton myself. It was a fairly easy opportunity to score, and things might have been different if it had gone in.”
I think that’s the point – we are missing chances and not scoring goals without Loic – and we are missing him because other players are not taking up the slack and sticking the ball in the back of the net.
Newcastle desperately need some new strikers brought in over the summer, with both Loic and Shola Ameobi leaving the club – and it doesn’t look like Luuk de Jong can get the job done for Newcastle.
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