If Loic Remy hadn’t scored 4 goals for Newcastle last season we may have been in another relegation fight and certainly when he was injured in early March playing for France, we just coudn’t score many (any?) goals without him in the side.
Loic Remy – joining Arsenal?
And there’s just no way Loic Remy will be signing for Newcastle this summer, and recent news was that Newcastle had given up on signing Remy, but that was only because Remy had given up on Newcastle – at least four months ago.
That was when Mike Ashley in his wisdom decided to sell our best player in January, and not replace him.
That affected our squad more than is being talked about – and certainly contributed to our terrible form and results this year.
But now we have to replace Remy, and that’s why we need to bring in at least two strikers this summer who can score goals.
And it looks like Shola Ameobi will look elsewhere and probably will sign on at Hull City, who will be in the Europa League next season – even though they finished 5th bottom of the Premier League.
As the losing FA Cup finalists against Arsenal on Saturday, they qualify because Arsenal have already qualified for the Champions League for the 16th time running under Arsene Wenger.
And for the third time in four years England have a bottom five side representing them in that competition.
In the 2011-2012 we had Birmingham represent England after they beat Arsenal in the League Cup, and had been relegated, and last year we had Wigan who had just been relegated but beat Manchester City 1-0 in the FA Cup.
But Hull City just don’t have a big enough squad to do well in the Europa League and if they do reach the play-off rounds next year, that could stretch them in the league, and we wouldn’t now be too surprised if they are relegation candidates next season.
But they were simply terrific against Arsenal at Wembley, and Steve Bruce had almost the perfect match plan, and the Tigers almost pulled off the seemingly impossible, as Birmingham had done in the League Cup three years ago.
It’s certainly a good time for lesser clubs who have never made a Cup Final to do it – Birmingham, Wigan and Hull have done that in the last four years .
And the top clubs are tending to shun the local cups in England, because there’s no money in them compared to the Premier League – but there’s still the glory.
Newcastle unfortunately are shunning the cups, and those at the top must still think we are a big club. 🙁
If we realized we are not a big club we could win something, and put an end to 45 years of misery – that’s the truth.
And it finally looks like Shola’s career is over at Newcastle, and for one year, we suppose he could have provided us some cover at striker, but again he wouldn’t have been a starter on Tyneside.
Newcastle need two good goal scoring strikers this summer, otherwise we could be in trouble next season.
Note – I am having some surgery this morning, and will probably be out of action for most of the rest of the day.