As someone who seems to have developed a reputation for some knee-jerk responses to events in the past (think of my annoyance and frustration with Mathieu Debuchy against Swansea), let me offer an opinion on the events down at Norwich on Tuesday night. Anyone within about 22 inches (my lower leg length) move away now.
The first half, a brilliant display of attacking football, one which albeit against Norwich, really made me excited, got me thinking that, if this is what we can do without Yohan Cabaye then great, who needs the little so and so. Heck, we should have been 2-3-nil up.
Then comes the moment (81 minutes). The ‘Newcastle’ moment. It happens every now and then, where we seem to have turned a corner, sorted things out, only for someone to shoot us all in the collective foot and bring the crosshairs right back onto an individual/the club. The target this time, Loic Remy?
Bradley Johnson, first and foremost, didn’t cover himself in glory and should get a further match ban for ‘exaggerating’ the ‘head-butt’. But Loic has raised his hands (twice) and then gave the referee no option but to send him off.
For a moment I forgot about Saturday coming, I thought ‘What a stupid way to lose a player for three . .’ ‘Oh, s**t!’ Then reality set in. If he’s going to miss the derby, our last full-on game of the season, then why keep him at all? Why drag out a player’s loan deal when he’s going to miss a vital game and then not be required afterwards at all? We won’t drop below 9th spot no matter how hard we try, and to get into the Europa League (which the club don’t want to do anyway) we will have to oust Manchester United, Everton AND Tottenham. Not likely.
Personally, Remy’s been good for the club. His goals have been much welcomed, a good replacement for Demba Ba? Definitely, but only short term. That’s where it ends I’m afraid.
If he (agent in tow) doesn’t want to stay beyond the summer then fine, bye bye. Harry Redknapp, the rotter that he is, seems to think that he’s worth £16m. Hardly ‘Arry, but nice try.
We can all move on and tie a striker down that wants to play for the club long term, if such a plan or player exists. Also Loic could have a court date in the near future that would deem any future deal dead in the water.
Maybe Luuk De Jong could be the man we’re Luuking for?