We had mentioned in an article yesterday that it’s not unusual for a football manager in a new job to go after some of his targets at his previous club, and the news yesterday was that Alan Pardew wanted to sign Dutch center-back Virgil van Dijk of Celtic – a Newcastle target too.
Loic Remy – while on loan at Newcastle
Well would you believe it – but Crystal Palace are reported to be preparing a shock bid fOR Chelsea striker Loic Remy, who was on loan at Newcastle all last season, but refused to sign for us in the summer.
Remy joined Chelsea in last August, after he had failed a medical in Boston for Liverpool, but he is the third choice striker at best at the Blues, and hasn’t played too many times this season.
When he does play he looks good, but it’s difficult to reach your best form when you don’t play regularly – especially for a striker – since you cannot get that sharpness that is so crucial to strikers.
When he was at Newcastle Loic played very well for us with 14 goals in 27 appearance, and at Chelsea this season he has scored 5 goals in 23 total appearances, but he’s only appeared 12 times in the league with 3 goals.
Remy joined QPR instead of Newcastle in January two years ago, and that turned out to be a big mistake for the Frenchman with QPR relegated, so it would be a difficult choice for Remy to join another small club like Crystal Palace – but they are in London and that could be an advantage.
But Remy left Newcastle principally because he wanted to play in the Champions League, and Crystal Palace will not be in the Champions League any time soon.
Newcastle have a better chance of Champions League football in the next five years than Palace, and that chance is like 5% at best, and would mean a new owner coming in to buy out Mike Ashley as a very necessary first step.
It will be very difficult for Palace to attract Loic Remy, and it will be interesting to see if the 31 times capped French International (7 goals) will push for a move in the summer to get more playing time at another club.
What do you think?
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