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Newcastle Should Knock Back Remy

8 years ago
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After the appalling performance at home to Reading in January, fortunes at Newcastle changed immediately.

The signings of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Massadio Haidara and Matthieu Debuchy not only rejuvenated a jaded-looking team, but helped recover the fans’ confidence in the side, which was in danger of forcing Alan Pardew out of a job.

However, the failure to capture Loic Remy from Marseille cast an unwelcome shadow across a largely successful transfer window for the Magpies. As a full French international who can lead the line or play on the wing, he’d have undeniably been a brilliant acquisition for Newcastle.

His decision to join QPR over Newcastle was greeted by a chorus of universal bemusement, with many pundits and fans alike questioning the player’s footballing ambition and attitude. However, with a return of 5 goals in 8 games including last weekend’s outstanding finish against Wigan, it’s obvious that Remy has the ability to succeed in the Premier League.

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It would therefore only seem natural for Pardew and Mike Ashley to take advantage of Remy’s reported relegation release clause of £8m, right? Absolutely not.

For too long Newcastle were associated with buying mercenaries, players who once had an impact on the Premier League but who had become a wage-sapping annoyance. The likes of Alan Smith, who had an abundance of workrate but a lack of genuine quality. The signings of Damien Duff and Michael Owen brought a lot of joy amongst the fans, however despite their previous footballing achievements, they never bought into the Newcastle United ethos. Rather than recognising that this club is a place of worship and pride for the Geordie faithful, they saw it as a last big pay-packet before retirement.

Many Newcastle fans are of the opinion that Remy should be given another chance to sign, however there’s a reason why they should avoid him – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Saint-Etienne’s Aubameyang is a player of supreme quality and shares a lot of similarities with Remy, such as raw pace. He also has that goalscorer’s instinct, something that Remy was largely criticised for not having during his stint at Marseille. Aubameyang’s 17 goals is only bettered by the relatively unknown…Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s 26 goals at PSG. Interestingly, Saint-Etienne haven’t lost a game in which the Gabon international has scored.

He reportedly refused a move away in January as he was focused on guiding Les Verts to their Coupe de la Ligue final against Rennes next weekend. If Demba Ba had similarly committed to Newcastle until at least the summer, he’d have a received a slightly warmer reception on his return to St James’ Park. Aubameyang has already shown glimpses of his attitude that could go down very well with the Toon Army. Don’t be fooled by the recent story which revealed that he warmed up for a match against Lyon with Swarovski crystal-encrusted football boots that were worth £2,500, he may be flash but he’s most certainly all substance.

Remy had the chance to become a fan favourite, but was too tempted by the huge, immediate payday offered to him by Tony Fernandes and the QPR board. This type of signing for Newcastle would not fit their strict financial guidelines, is unlikely to be a long-term signing but would also show a great deal of desperation from Pardew and Ashley in a scenario where Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is available, a player who has shown great loyalty to his club whilst demonstrating the sheer ability he possesses that’s led to him being linked with Europe’s elite.

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