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Stories Of Newcastle Chasing Remy and Ba Take Some Believing But…

7 years ago

There is an old adage that if you are going to tell a lie, then make it a big one if you want to be believed.

While I’m not saying any journalists are lying of course…I do have to say that the idea that Newcastle United would be actively interested in trying to bring both Remy and Ba back to Tyneside is certainly a big….story to swallow.

Two players that actively wanted to leave Newcastle, two strikers that Mike Ashley clearly had no intention of meeting their wage demands long-term.

Yet a lot of the media are running with this story today as though it is a possibility that firstly, Newcastle are actually chasing both players and secondly, that both Remy and Ba might come back to Tyneside.

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Demba Ba is 29 and Loic Remy turns 28 in January, so if hypothetically Newcastle did buy the pair of them, if they stayed any length of time then their transfer value would be minimal compared to what United would shell out for them now.

While I don’t think there is even a remote possibility of either forward signing for Newcastle, I think that in the position the club have found themselves with a lack of investment in the squad, bringing in the two of them would make perfect sense. I think it even works within Mike Ashley’s idea of ensuring Premier League survival at the cheapest price.

Newcastle are desperate for goals and having a couple of quality strikers can paper over so many cracks, which has actually been proved by both Remy and Ba in recent seasons at Newcastle…and that is when we’ve only had one of that pair scoring for fun at St.James’ Park. It makes even more sense when you consider Loic Remy is happy playing out wide, unlike Papiss Cisse, to complement Demba Ba through the middle.

If you look at the money for Cabaye and what will come in for Debuchy, that could easily fund the two strikers. Even if that was Newcastle’s lot in terms of transfer spending then I think that with that striker pairing and De Jong’s addition already, then you could get away with a workmanlike midfield of players such as Tiote, Colback, Anita, Sissoko and so on.

This is a quick fix that could help Newcastle bounce back if there is ambition to do so at the club, then next summer on the back of a positive season you could then be targeting slightly younger players, including a striker, to be working for the longer term.

The Remy and Ba deals are almost undoubtedly pie in the sky for Newcastle fans but surely any other striker(s) United do manage to get over the line, are going to carry a much higher risk factor in terms of delivering goals, compared to these two who have already done the business in the Premier League.


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