Loic Remy raised a few eyebrows when he opted to join QPR over Newcastle during last months transfer window.
It was no secret that Alan Pardew was desperate to bring the player to St James’ Park. It was suggested that Remy was a done deal and the forward was due to fly in and complete his £11 million transfer to Newcastle.
Things didn’t go quite so smoothly and the potential deal was hijacked by our favourite ‘dodgy geezer’ Harry Redknapp. Saggy chops had also spent much of the window chasing the Frenchman, but Remy himself originally turned QPR down and told the club he wasn’t interested in heading to the capital. However Harry remained patient and persisted in his pursuit of Remy. Seemingly Redknapp slipped something into Remy’s nightcap as the former Marseille man agreed to put pen to paper on lucrative QPR contract.
As a consequence Newcastle missed out on their number one target. It was rumoured that Remy was so set on sealing his move to the Londoners that he didn’t even bother to turn up to Newcastle and have a look around, allegedly he preferred to stay in bed and enjoy a lie in rather than head up North. .
Newcastle fans were beyond disappointed when the news broke that the club failed to get the player ‘over the line’. The board were blamed on social network by a number of fans, some complaining the club didn’t act quickly enough to close the deal. Others suggesting that those in charge lacked negotiating skills and couldn’t sell Newcastle to the player. I know this was the mentality with some fans at the time as I conversed with some of them and thought some fans were going a bit over the top. For me the bottom line was the player opted for the £80k odd a week and the promise of a free transfer if QPR failed to maintain top flight status.
Remy began his career in England with a bang, netting for his new club on his debut. It was maybe at this point we could look on with envy, had we missed out on a goal scorer? Had we let a great opportunity slip in Remy? We could be forgiven for being distracted as this happened the same afternoon we pathetically lost at home to fellow stragglers Reading. QPR drew with West Ham if I remember correctly, but seemingly their new man had made an instant impact on the Premier League.
The Reading game seemed to be a real wake up call for the club. The performance in the second half was below par, we had no real options on the bench and the fans made their displeasure known to Alan Pardew in the dugout. Alan identified the real need to strengthen the squad following the game in his post match interview. I think at the time his comments were maybe taken with a bit of pessimism, we could all see the need to get bodies in but that had been obvious since the end of last season. I wasn’t sure we were going to do much if anything at all, being a Newcastle fan I have been forced to look at the glass as half empty rather than half full over the years.
Of course I was wrong and we added to squad significantly the following week. We were able to bring in players to cover multiple areas and strengthen what was a thin squad. You have to wonder how possible that would of been had we of been successful in bringing in Remy? He commanded a big fee, I imagine it would of been an eggs all in one basket kind of scenario with Remy.
The news is that Loic Remy suffered a training injury and will now be out for two months. I’m not a Doctor, however I do know that an injured player isn’t much use when they were supposed to spearhead a club’s survival bid. It certainly won’t have helped QPR that they failed to secure another striker on deadline day, despite Odemwingie’s desperate and extreme efforts to push the deal through. Less than a month in and Remy is out with ‘a strain’……..BULLET DODGED?!
Maybe Loic can go through your taxes in his spare time Harry? Allegedly of course…