Monday morning has brought reports that Newcastle United have been offered the chance to sign Loic Remy on loan from Chelsea.
The Chronicle claim that their information is that Newcastle and Crystal Palace are two of the clubs interested after the West London club have allegedly made him available.
Loic Remy only made seven starts last season and it has been even worse this time, despite Chelsea’s less than stellar start to the season.
The French international has only started one Premier League match in this campaign with a further seven as a sub, scoring only the one goal.
Ironically the only game Loic Remy has started in the league this season was at Newcastle, a totally anonymous display saw him subbed as soon as Wijnaldum put United two goals up, the blues of course coming back to draw 2-2 in Remy’s absence.
At the moment the striker is said to be carrying a calf muscle strain and hasn’t been named in the last two 18 man matchday squads for Chelsea.
With player availability, or not, you can’t always believe what managers say.
However, when asked recently about Loic Remy potentially going out in January, either on loan or permanently, Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink appeared to contradict the claims by the Chronicle when he said:
“He is our player, we are not going into that
‘We need all our players until the end of the season.
“You know as much as I do, Chelsea is still in a position where they have to improve a lot to go up the table; we need all the players for this moment. We don’t go into rumours.”
Loic Remy of course played one season at Newcastle United under Alan Pardew, after the infamous 2013/14 summer under ‘Director of Football’ Joe Kinnear, when Newcastle didn’t buy a single first team player.
The French international arrived injured in a desperate late move just before the start of the season by Newcastle, to provide some much needed goals after almost being relegated the season before.
After regaining fitness, Remy proved a big success as he scored 14 Premier League goals in 24 starts, plus two appearances as a substitute.
It is also easy to see why any club would be interested in a player of Loic Remy’s ability and versatility, at Newcastle he was just as happy playing a more withdrawn role on the left, as well as through the middle.
However, the final stages of his stay on Tyneside left a bad taste in the mouth after the player revealed after the season ended, that he had made an agreement with Alan Pardew and the club to miss the Liverpool away game, with injury given as an excuse even though he was fit. This being because he didn’t want to risk injury before that summer’s World Cup.