Plenty has been said about Remy and Cisse over the last few days, weeks, months.
When you put everything together though, it doesn’t really make sense.
There have been two general stories repeatedly put about concerning the two players and they go as follows;
Papiss Cisse – The form of two years ago a distant memory, frozen out by Alan Pardew and hardly played in Premier League. Has just one Premier League and that was a gift of a penalty from his mates against Stoke. A one trick pony who can only play a single way, facing goal through the middle.
Turns 30 next summer, no World Cup to potentially enhance price and looks clearly to be on a downward slide. Confidence looks totally shot and the strengths he did have appear to have been totally destroyed under Alan Pardew’s coaching. Claimed that random Russian and Turkish clubs are after him and that at least one has offered £8m but Newcastle holding out for at least £10m.
Loic Remy – Great goals record since arriving in Premier League, scoring decent number for an abysmal QPR side and then stepped up on that despite relatively few chances created by his Newcastle teammates. A versatile striker who can go through the middle, out wide, or drop deep and support another forward.
In his prime as just turned 27 and likely to be heading to World Cup with France which could further increase his attractiveness to clubs if successful in Brazil. Said to be in demand from many clubs as well as Newcastle trying to keep him, Champions League clubs such as Arsenal interested in taking him, and the fee generally speculated to be between £8m and £12m.
So taking the two together it all gets very bizarre.
If you believe the press and insiders & sources/sauces etc it would look as though you have two strikers both worth around the same £10m or so figure.
Unlikely. So what is the truth?
Well, I would say that much as Newcastle are clearly in denial, Loic Remy must be worth a minimum two or three times as much as Papiss Cisse.
Putting figures on their heads, I would think Newcastle will be lucky to claw back £5m in Cisse’s current state, so unless they gamble and keep on playing him in the hope he starts scoring again, then he will only lose value. However, by playing him you run the risk of him firing yet more blanks and becoming all but worthless.
With Remy, I think you have to be looking at an absolute minimum of £15m for a free scoring Premier League striker, especially when you consider that the only players to score more goals than the Frenchman this season are Suarez, Sturridge, Aguero, Hazard and Toure. All of those would fetch in excess of £20m in the transfer market now and in most of those cases, much more than that.
The reality for Newcastle fans is that we have a striker who now can’t score goals and is valued at £5m tops, though we could struggle to shift him with the wages that accompanied a £10m price tag two years ago.
On the other hand we have a striker who we’d love to sign permanently but due to no cast-iron buying clause in his loan deal, there is no way Ashley will pay the £15m fee and accompanying wages.
The writing is on the wall for next season unless there is a major shift in strengthening the Newcastle United squad.