Alan Pardew – At Last We Have Replaced Demba Ba
Speaking in advance of the Aston Villa match, Alan Pardew predictably looked a lot more relaxed than before the last Premier League match against Fulham.
He was particularly happy when asked about Loic Remy and had high praise for him as he talked about the gap in the team since Demba Ba left.
“I think he has enough in the tank to be considered for a start, whether he can produce his best performance he could possibly do in that first game, I’d doubt. At some stage though he needs to be pitched in. The one thing I can say is that he has impressed in training, the signs for success are there.
Since Demba left we have lacked a player that has increased our goal threat, with all due respect to players we have, we needed someone to really put the other team on the back foot and I think Remy does that. We have Papiss, Shola and Gouff to complement that and I hope they stay fit. That is probably the only fault you would say against us in this window, that other offensive player would have just protected us a little bit, which unfortunately we didn’t secure.
Our fans wanted a marquee signing, probably, and I think that is what we were looking at. Somebody who would really threaten the first team but we couldn’t get it over the line. Having said that though, I still think we have a very strong side.”
A bit of a conundrum I suppose, Alan Pardew obviously sees Remy as essential to potential success this season, especially with not being able to get that marquee signing ‘over the line’.
If Remy starts then it seems unlikely that he would last the 90 minutes but if you keep him as an impact substitute then the match could be lost before he gets his chance.
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