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Joe Kinnear ‘I Think The Penny Has Finally Dropped’

8 years ago
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Remy, Gomis & Wor Joe. Gambling Is So Last Year…?

With the club announcing the temporary signing of Loic Remy, a simultaneous sigh of relief was aired, the likes of which can only be rivalled in recent history by Gouffran’s effort catching the back of the net at Loftus road, or Titus Bramble being sold to Sunderland.

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Finally acquiring a striker with Loic’s attributes will not only ensure Cisse stays hungry, but should restore a Bellamy-esque dimension to a side that has been badly lacking finesse and pace in advanced positions since the latter’s controversial departure.

Although Remy’s arrival is shrouded by just about as much controversy as is humanly possible, the signing is no less impressive (for me at least). This lad is exactly what we need and provides the perfect foil for our diamond in the rough, Papiss.

If Demba Ba was so similar to Cissé it was born for failure, Remy provides a near perfect partner for our number 9, where Cissé lacks – Remy excels (awareness and speed). Cissé can hit a 40 yarder but Loic can run for 40 and slot one home.

Whilst Joe, Director of F***all, Kinnear, is far from the first name I would pull to educate potential targets on the stature of the club (I always envisaged Ginola flicking his hair with a vogue cigarette in one hand and a French novel in the other), we cannot as supporters criticize his every move, and he has actually engineered a good one, believe it or not. Not only has he secured something that could not be done in January (irrelevant of circumstance) the timing of this deal has in essence become a blessing in disguise.

We now have Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Loic. Whether those acquisitions would have come to fruition in full had we secured Remy on the first time of asking remains to be seen.

“So they say I haven’t had any experience in buying and selling players? – sure I have. I bought Dean Holdsworth for 50 grand [actual figure: £650,000].”– Joe Kinnear, 2013

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However, we cannot rest on any preconceived laurels and must push forward to ensure we approach the season strong. For me, Bafetimbi Gomis personifies this strength, and any deal for ex-mackem and current doss-artist Darren Bent should be last on our list, when the former is still available.

We desperately need a Gomis to ensure that we are not left pinning our hopes on a Shola at crucial points during our season- we cannot gamble on player fitness and we badly need options.

Our important players are hardly ever-presents: Ben Arfa, Marveaux, Coloccini were all players we never anticipated to be missing for extended periods last season, but it happens- even Remy’s brief spell in England resulted in a month out with a groin strain.

If I am being honest, when injuries dilapidate this squad of its quality we are strugglers, we aren’t even mid-table mediocrity in our current position when the sh*t hits the fan.

At the moment I am not thinking beyond Gomis despite talk of supposed cherries on top; interest in Tom Ince and Stewart Downing have become rabid in recent media-driven days. Whilst it seems improbable any additions would extend beyond strikers, the left flank, despite not being our highest priority, should be an area we look at. Let’s not dismiss Downing so quickly, at least he can cross the ball? I’m pretty sick of Cabaye corners and Gutierrez toe punts and honestly wonder what our tally aerially would be if Laurent Robert was still on the wing- even if Gutierrez works hard he isn’t a patch on Robert and his laziness. Downing was out of our league economically when he was at Villa and has proven that he can get his head down, with the world cup coming up he has a point to prove- for 5 mill why not? With an injury prone Marveaux we are hardly comfortable in that position.

As Cheick Tiote reaffirmed in a frank interview last week, anything can happen in the premier league, and whilst we are building the foundations for a decent squad we cannot be complacent this summer and gamble on any predetermined “too good to go down” thoughts.

Although the business world is crammed with gamblers, personified by Britain’s dire economic state, and Ashley himself isn’t shy to a million pound flutter, it’s about time no chances were taken and for once we could approach the season safe in the knowledge we have strengthened appropriately and are weak in no key areas. Maybe the appointment of Kinnear wasn’t as ill-advised as we all thought and when the season finally rolls around we will stand in good shape. Maybe, just maybe.

“I think he’s learned his lesson. I know it’s been said before but I think the penny has finally dropped.”– Joe Kinnear (then Newcastle interim manager), 2008, on Joey Barton.

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