Remy To Stay At Newcastle For Champions League Football?
Spoiler alert: What you are about to read is possibly 90% delusions of grandeur and 10% extreme optimism – the Loic Remy Champions League deal?
If Newcastle United qualify for next season’s Champions League it could change the entire complexion of things on Tyneside.
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Regardless, it feels unusually difficult to avoid a sense of optimism following a recent run of form that has happily coincided with the stuttering mishaps of a host of the usual suspects.
Yohan Cabaye said recently that he missed playing amongst Europe’s elite. Who can blame our star man for expressing such aspirations? He is one of Europe’s premier playmakers based on recent efforts, someone who wouldn’t look out of place in among the cream of the continent.
He’s not alone there, with at least a dozen of our current squad equipped to excel in a competition we last graced more than a decade ago.
Keeping those ‘purples’ interested by making progress is vital. The only way I see Cabaye and, less likely, Coloccini staying put beyond 2014 is with the promise of a tilt at club football’s premier tourney.
In theory attracting better players should also prove less difficult with a seat at the top table. Thoroughbred forward Loic Remy’s ears might prick up at the thought of joining an ambitious squad fighting for honours on various fronts.
One slight caveat on the Remy scenario – Sylvain Distin proved before our previous Champions League adventure that some players are simply mercenaries, and will put financial gain above all else. My instinct is that Remy might be cut from the same cloth.
Before I get butchered in the comments section, let me again emphasise that this is all fairy dust and moon shine, the equivalent of when Nolberto Solano used to predict the league, domestic cup and UEFA Cup winners as: Newcastle United, Newcastle United, Newcastle United and Newcastle United every year in Match magazine!
One thing is for certain, a return to those halcyon days of wins in Leverkusen, 2-2 draws in the San Siro and Shola Ameobi scoring at the Nou Camp would have even Mike Ashley purring like a content kitten, if only for the increased exposure it would allow his nasty little retail empire.
What it would take for this dream to come to fruition is a large dose of lady luck in certain matches and a relatively clean bill of health, specifically for the likes of Cabaye, Remy, Debuchy, Sissoko, Gouffran, Tiote and Krul.
With Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea all seemingly in the midst of transitional phases, ‘tis probably the season to break into the top four for the likes of Newcastle and Everton, who have looked like two of the better sides in the top flight recently.
30 points from 17 tricky fixtures has many of us dreaming but it’s the next 21 that will define the campaign and decide our fate.
Until then, I’ll happily trade the overwhelming pessimism of last December for the current heady optimism I’m consumed by.
Even if I stop short of doing a Nobby Solano and predicting four trophies in 2014/15!
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