There have been a number of embarrassing claims coming out of Newcastle this week, claiming that Loic Remy isn’t such a big loss.
However, the actual facts tell us something different, and it isn’t just when it comes to scoring goals that the on-loan Frenchman appears to be missed.
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0-4 Manchester City
0-0 West Ham
0-2 Manchester City (League Cup)
Leaving aside the League Cup defeat, without Remy it leaves a Premier League record of;
6 Matches 0 Goals 15 Conceded 1 Point
The record with Remy reads;
23 Matches 37 Goals 25 Against 42 Points
The statistics to me tell us that while Loic Remy is invaluable in attack, his threat means that the opposition can’t rest as easy when he’s playing and throw too much forward, just in case they leave the door open at the other end. Whereas when they have only Shola, De Jong and Cisse to contend with it is a different matter.
Based on the statistics above; without Remy we average no goals and only a fraction above no points thanks to the dour goalless draw with West Ham, while at the other end it is a case of conceding two and a half goals per game.
In the matches Remy has played, United have averaged over one and a half goals per match, only one conceded and a really impressive just a fraction below two points per match.
While I wouldn’t suggest Newcastle would have picked up another ten or eleven points which would have put is fifth, I do think that it is realistic to think that with Remy in the team we could have picked up another half dozen points in those matches and have been above Man U and Southampton, just on the heels of Everton.
As for the cups, if Remy had played against eventual League Cup winners Manchester City and mor ethan five minutes against Cardiff in the FA Cup, then who knows…
What I do know is that it would have been a lot more fun finding out than what transpired in the cups this season.