What Will Newcastle Do Without Loic Remy?


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Note – I am having some surgery this morning, and will probably be out of action for most of the rest of the day.



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96 comments so far

  • Santon03

    May 19, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #1

    regarding what shepperd said about pardew can’t do his job without ammunition, we got beaten against teams that have less quality at home and away. Against top 6 teams, I can understand even if we got slaughtered. We got beaten by sunderland, fulham, cardiff (FA), stoke, swansea. These are the games that expected we could get at least a point especially when playing at home.
    Yes, we lose Cabaye but is it really that bad against those teams?

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  • Shot Bru

    May 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2

    Gonna struggle to replace Remy…

    Not only are we in need of some of our own players that can actually score…

    We are in desperate need of some quality defenders..if Williamson has been voted our best player…it shows we are in the Sh*t big time….

    We can’t score and we can’t defend.

    Can’t see Pardew gelling a bunch of new players together a month before the season starts…we must be one of the favourites to go down this season

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  • croftus5678

    May 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #3

    we will have armstrong and cambell they are like new signings >..<

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  • Santon03

    May 19, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    Shot Bru

    not to mention if those players are involved in world cup.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 19, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #5

    Previous thread re Williamson being voted best player.
    Whilst Williamson upped his own game a bit -to vote him the best player defies football logic/knowledge.
    Those who voted for him need to change their game – could I suggest ladies rugby or ladies wrestling.

    As for Remy – there is no way he wants to stay -it has been apparent for some time. It is a bit disingenuous for Percy to keep suggesting that he had not given up hope of keeping him here – it just is not going to happen. Seems to me to be another device to string the fans along.

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  • croftus5678

    May 19, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #6

    before the transfer window opens and we havent even made any signings yet with what we know is going out the door i’d say we wont be in relegation next season as i think we will recruit enough players overall to get a decent 1st team but we will not be challenging for top 6 come the end of the season !

    my prediction is 8th next season

    and i’d bet on cisse getting 12 goals rolando making some 1st team appearances and becoming a crowd fave

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  • jimiley

    May 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    SIXTY years since we won a domestic Cup and nearly 90 since we won the league. They had not invented fire then. Big clubs win things. You do not define a big club as a lot of deluded supporters. Cairo City get massive support but they are hardly a big club.

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 19, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    God we are happy this morning aren’t we

    Dear me

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  • beermonkey

    May 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    welsh

    it is Monday
    and there never is any good new regarding the toon

    but the sun is shining

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 19, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Wait and see what happens they might surprise this summer with signings

    I’m sure i just saw a flying cow over my house

    Ha ha ha

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  • Graeme

    May 19, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    Welshgeordie – A blue pig just flew past here!!

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  • beermonkey

    May 19, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    welsh

    I am sure there will be signings but weather they will be what we need and get the goals we need
    I am not so sure

    we wont find another remy in our price range
    we need to change the way we play to create more team goals rather than rely on 1 or 2 for them all while I think we have a pretty good base to work from with. will they fill in the blanks, yes some and then will pards change the way we play prob not

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  • ~Anita One Bites The Dust~

    May 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    Could have sworn I saw a winged purple hippo spewing rainbows fly across the sky as I made my way back from Lidl

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  • Average_Contents

    May 19, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Hope the surgery goes well ed!

    On the cabella link, SSN have got a bit more on the interview saying he’s going to make a decision after he’s finished training with the french squad at clairefontaine as he’s on standby for them

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  • welshgeordie9

    May 19, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #15

    Well the talk this morning is Cabella will make a decision about his future after he finishes training with France

    Nice signing that would be

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  • Average_Contents

    May 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #16
  • welshgeordie9

    May 19, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Average_Contents
    May 19, 2014

    Damn you beat me to it

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  • Average_Contents

    May 19, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    Too slow boyo 😉

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  • trojan615

    May 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #19

    Would like to wish edd all the best for his operation…

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  • lesh

    May 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #20

    As Cabella doesn’t seem to be busting a gut to join us, best forget about him and find someone who does want to come to SJP.

    It looks like our professed ambition’s really acting as a magnet for top players!

    It’d be interesting to find out just how many spurn our supposed interest.

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  • lesh

    May 19, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #21

    What’ll we do without Remy?

    Watch our negative goal difference increase and increase as we languish near or at the bottom of the pile.

    =(

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #22

    under Pardew and a regime that aren’t interested in winning anything which half decent player would come.

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  • jayphoto

    May 19, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #23

    Be same old next season! We’ll win most games where pardew has his first choice 11 by grinding out 2-1’s and we’ll get hammered and go on losing streaks the moment 1 player from that first choice 11 is injured or suspended and end up 10-12th! Can see Colback coming into the midfield, guessing Armstrong will get more games too

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  • Graeme

    May 19, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #24
  • Rotonda heights

    May 19, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Posted 18/5/2014 23:46
    #426197 – in reply to #426119
    Subject: Re: Strolla
    From TOTT

    If NUFC really did offer Shola an extension, that’s about as much confirmation as one would need to come to the conclusion that there is no plan at all going into this summer.

    Basically any player is for sale if a bid comes in, big or small. And we might replace them with some b——ks journeymen who have achieved nothing in recent years.

    Add to that the confirmation that our clueless mealy mouthed half wit of a manager will be in charge is all I need to walk away from the club until someone else buys the club in another decade or so.

    I don’t even care anymore, that’s what Ashley has done to us.. complete disassociation with what has been a huge part of my life for 20 odd years.

    Cheers Mike, you really shouldn’t have..

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    If Gateshead had made it I was that close to changing allegiance.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #27

    I see Cabella is talking about a move to NUFC.

    Mike and his team won’t be best pleased, expecting more of, we tried, but we couldn’t get him over the line. Or, they wanted to much which was over our valuation for the player.

    I get the feeling Ashley dosn’t like it when a player issues a come and get me because with that comes an expectancy to sign the player.

    He is far too used to haggling with injury plagued players, unknowns, behaviour problems, contracts with loopholes.

    Basically, he is a lowlife owner which dosn’t put the club in a good light. Im all for picking up unknown gems but that’s Carrs doing, he finds the unlnowns, without him we would be despised and shown up all over world football, not just France.

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  • Graeme

    May 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #28

    Rotunda – I think Gateshead played some great footy yesterday, kept it on the ground, got the ball out wide and used it intelligently. It was good to watch, for sure. It was also a million miles better than what we were served up last season by that other club on Tyneside!!

    Anyone who cant bear the thought of not getting their footy fix next season, would be far better off supporting The Heeed. At least the will see footy played by a team who goes for it, is up for the challenge and is exciting to watch. Everything you dont get at SJP and the money really would help the club and the fans.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 19, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #29

    Reality check people…

    We can’t replace players like Cabaye and Remy with the same quality and experience because players like them want to play for clubs in the Champions League.

    If you’re only going to be happy if we do, then you’re only going to be disappointed I’m afraid…

    Look at what Spurs did last summer. Spent a huge amount trying to replace a world class player (Bale) and not one of them was absolutely proven in terms of quality and experience for a top top club. Every single one of them will have joined in order to prove themselves in the PL and sooner or later, make the step up to a bigger club. Unless of course Spurs incredibly established themselves among the existing top 5…

    So we need to do what Villa, Spurs and Everton try to do and pick up players that are just below this level. And for every Cabaye, Remy, Benteke or Mirallas there’s a Lamela, Luque or van Wolfswinkel…

    Whatever happens, let’s get behind the lads hey?

    But if we don’t bring in enough decent players, then we can slag off the owner…

    And if Pardew doesn’t get us performing, then we can slag him off too…

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #30

    Graeme

    Well said. Anyone who is fed up with the money grabbing nature of PL football is better served following their local team.

    Money grabbing isn’t a NUFC problem it’s a global football problem, it’s all about the commercialism these days for most big clubs….

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  • Grumpy

    May 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #31

    Good luck with the surgery

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  • Wayayman

    May 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #32

    I totally get where you are coming from Rotunda. I grew up in Byker, where we’d go and stand at the top of Commercial Road by our estate when the mid-week matches were taking place, just to marvel at our two floodlights in the near distance, then we’d wheel off, taking shots against a wall while imagining it was a free kick in the last few minutes of a game at our beloved St James’ Park.
    I was in love with the club before I ever got to go to a game, in the days when live matches were on TV once in a blue moon, and Newcastle appearing on The Big Match was a once in a season occurrence.
    My first visit was in a season when Bobby Shinton finished top scorer with a massive 7 goals. In years to come we got humped regularly but the atmosphere in the Gallowgate in years to come, with us boys in The Corner outsinging the Scoreboard before they outsang us and the surge of the crowd dragged us from the top of the terrace to the bottom, narrowly missing being smashed up against the concrete barriers if you were lucky, tripping into an old gadgy taking a p!ss on the terraces if you were’nt.
    I’ve loved this club with a passion, through the Entertainers to the Allardyce eras, from one-eyed chairmen to the cut-price-tracksuit peddling jumble sale merchant that owns the club today. I’ve never felt such bewilderment and apathy as I have done these last 6 months. It’s just turned to hatred towards the people responsible.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    May 19, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #33

    ToonDarnSouth,

    Only Mike Ashley takes it to the extremes and way beyond what is necessary.

    He is starving this football club of passion and excitement. There is not one Geordie and beyond who can’t feel that. This, there is no need for.

    Goodnite folks, nightshift at the minute.

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  • cyprus

    May 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #34

    Bassong (2009) and Williamson won players of the year! 🙂

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  • Black and White with an army lol

    May 19, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #35

    first thing first Cabella WON’T sign for Newcastle, second tomorrow is Tuesday so where’s these signing’s Pardew said we were getting?

    seems to me it’s the same bullsh!t that was said last season, there’s only one reason why Loic Remy didn’t have any intention to stay and that’s he know how sh!t Newcastle are with management and style

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  • 70TWO

    May 19, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #36

    So much for NUFC research:

    http://www.thejournal.co.uk/sport/sport-opinion/mark-douglas-newcastle-uniteds-cup-7129437

    Whilst progressing in cup competitions can never be guaranteed, as that is the nature of them and what makes them special, to be dismissive of them is a huge mistake. If the squad had been invested in properly and consistently there would be no need for this debate to arise. However, another season of making the same mistakes and getting the same kind of inconsistent performances awaits. Toon! Toon!

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    May 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #37

    One word – Struggle .

    Pardew has been found out when he doesn’t have a striker to get him 15 goals a season as he actually has to outsmart the other manager tactically and not just rely on Remy doing something special .

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    May 19, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #38

    It’s so bloody annoying with the club using business language to football fans then the football fans taking things to the nth degree. It’s like bloody Frenchmen talking to Japanese here…

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  • cyprus

    May 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #39

    TDS,
    I certainly hope we’ll do BETTER than Cabs, tbh. Everton have MF whom I would gladly have swapped with… I’m not sure I agree with the way you put it, ie, let’s look for worse than (slightly better than average) Cabs. Sometimes, with good scouting you can get top players on their way up. Will they eventually leave to richer clubs? Well yes. BUT, if you ‘get lucky’ (or scout well) you could yourself become a big club with this method. Get into CL, bigger payouts, etc.
    And, in truth, NUFC ain’t as small as some may think. It’s in the Top 30 teams (revenues) in the world, right? Not exactly an APOEL (a local club, which made it big in the CL)

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  • Shot Bru

    May 19, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #40

    It will be interesting to see what Ashley does with P45DUE if we have a poor start to the season.

    I actually hope the fixture list includes a tough start to the season…

    Then we will see how Ashley’s business plan holds up…

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