Loic Remy Wonders When He Is Going To Get A Bit Of Company
Precisely 47% of Newcastle’s goals this season have come directly from our latest french recruit, Loic Remy.
It is slightly concerning that nearly half of Newcastle’s goals have been provided by a player who currently, is not a permanent employee on the books.
However, it can be difficult for fans to develop an attachment to a player whose career path remains uncertain. West Brom found this out the hard way after Romelu Lukaku became a fan favourite for his goal scoring exploits, Everton might soon find themselves in the same boat also.
If you consider that last season, Liverpool’s Luis Suarez scored 34% of Liverpool’s goals and when you consider they were often labelled as a “one man team”, Remy’s current figure of 47% highlights the need for other players to regain their lethal touch.
With 7 goals in 8 games for Remy, it is certain that this run cannot carry on all season, which will surely be providing a concern for Pardew. It remains to be seen if he will restore Ben Arfa in the next few weeks to add to the goal scoring pot.
Whether Pappis Cisse will regain his outlandish fortune in front of goal like he did in his early days at the club, or whether he continues his ‘Akinbiyi’ type form, it accentuates the need to recruit another striker in the January transfer window.
It is worth noting that Cisse has gone 16 premier league games without scoring now, while the infamous Ade Akinbiyi went 14 games before finally hitting the back of the net for Leicester. A chilling stat that puts things into perspective.
Newcastle were heavily linked with Lyon’s Bafatembi Gomis in the summer only for talks to break down, reportedly due to inflated agent fees.
This season Gomis has scored 3 goals in 9 games, considering the standard of Ligue 1 it does not exactly generate much excitement for Newcastle fans. At 28 years old and unproven in the premier league, can Newcastle fans wait until he is 29 to adjust to the Premier League?
Pardew has stated Newcastle’s desire to start buying British once more. It can be argued that a proven goal scoring record in the Premier league is required, but with an inflated market on British players, it remains to be seen whether this is a realistic feat.
Loic Remy’s signature remains a high priority for Newcastle and with Joe Kinnear’s seemingly sloppy negotiation techniques it remains anything but a certainty.
What is certain is that Newcastle require an answer to the over reliance on Remy, whether that comes from a new signing or a player that sits in their ranks currently.
We all know they most certainly are not going to come from corners…
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