Loic Remy has certainly had a point to prove with Newcastle fans since arriving on loan in January. The Frenchman famously rejected a move to the North East last summer opting instead to join Queens Park Rangers, a decision that left a bitter taste in the mouths of many Geordies.
With Rangers unable to avoid the dreaded drop at the end of last season, the club inevitably needed to trim their wage bill whilst they look to return to the top flight at the first time of asking. It was well documented that Remy signed for QPR on massive wages, which in all honesty probably played a huge part in Loic’s choice to head South at the time. The Londoners were fully aware that they couldn’t pay the player’s full wages whilst being in the second tier as well as being quite aware it would be difficult keeping a player of Remy’s caliber content.
Alan Pardew, Joe Kinnear or whoever actually dictates the transfer activity at the club moved to finally get the striker to Newcastle on a season long loan deal. Seemingly the deal would work for all parties with QPR removing the player from their payroll for the short term, whilst the player would get top flight football and Newcastle would finally bring in a player that could potentially duplicate Demba Ba’s heroics on Tyneside.
Remy has certainly made a bright start to his career at Newcastle, bagging 5 goals in just 3 starts for the club. We all know the best way to win over skeptics is to put the ball in the back of the net on a regular basis and many were skeptic following Remy’s initial rejection of a transfer to the club. Newcastle surely always looked like a more attractive proposition when you look at the facilities, the stadium the fan base as well as all the French internationals we have on the books. Essentially money probably did speak back then, so you wonder what are the player’s intentions at the end of the season?
The player himself has spoken of his enjoyment at the club but has confessed he has not made any long term plans at this stage and is unsure of where his future lays. It seems Loic’s performances has maybe caught the attention of other clubs who could be waiting to pounce next summer, with West Ham and Spurs being among the rumored interested clubs. Here’s what the striker said regarding his future:
“I am really enjoying it at Newcastle, but what happens next I don’t know,” he said.
“For the moment the question of staying beyond my loan period is not in my head – it is a good question, but we have time to decide.”
It has been said that there is an agreement in place for us to complete the permanent deal for the player as soon as January, but that could very well be paper talk. Although I think it’s rather public knowledge that Alan Pardew would like to keep Remy. The Newcastle manager spoke about the prospect of keeping the striker:
“Loic’s a player who has done terrific for us and a player that we’ll perhaps look at going forward to bring to the club on a permanent basis,”
“There is (something in place for him) but it’s complicated and I can’t really go into that in too much detail, but what I would say about him is that he’s given us what we didn’t have last year.
“That is a striker who can play, build the game and finish. As you’re seeing with the goals he’s rattling in here, he’s got a nice manner about him, he’s comfortable with our group, he has a confidence to play for Newcastle and that isn’t easy, so we’ve been very pleased with him.”
It would appear the player is happy here and the manager is extremely pleased to have the player here, but will that be enough to keep the player at the club beyond this season? Is the player interested in settling down somewhere where he can be adored and idolized or will he be looking for the next big pay day? Assuming the player is cleared of the allegations that are hanging over his head I would be delighted if we could keep this lad. He has added a much needed spark to the team we had last season.
What does everyone think?