How a Bent-Remy combination could be lethal at Newcastle

Darren Bent

Reports are suggesting Newcastle are closing on the double signing of Loic Remy and Darren Bent, which will substantially strengthen their attack.

Remy is expected to sign on loan from Queens Park Rangers while Bent would join on a permanent deal from Aston Villa, if the club can beat Fulham to the signing of the England striker.

For all of the negative content which was created through Joe Kinnear’s appointment as Director of Football at Newcastle, this is a potential double swoop which has endless positives for the club and the ability to detract from all of that initial negativity.

It gives a massive hint as to the sort of attacking system Newcastle seem to be aiming for as they head into the new season, with the main emphasis about getting the ball into the final third as quickly as possible to create plenty of chances to score goals.

Bent would more than likely play as the number nine in the attack, hovering on the shoulder, waiting for the ball in behind because his pace is still dangerous enough that he could exploit that sort of final third delivery.

He’d also do the poacher role in a Newcastle attack because he’s a striker who just loves scoring goals. He doesn’t seem to be the sort of striker who is at all bothered with scoring the perfect goal. If it hits the back of the net then that’s what counts.

Bent’s best season in recent memory came during the 2009/2010 campaign when he bagged 24 goals in 38 starts for Sunderland, playing the exact sort of role that he would more than likely play in Newcastle colours.

Remy is a different story as the 26-year-old is a much more sophisticated player than a straight up number nine.

His core attributes mean he is good enough to play the number ten role, dropping off into the midfield, playing wider and also pushing on to support a number nine like Bent, as his side build pressure over the opposition.

He’s good enough on the ball to provide Newcastle with the luxury of going with a five man midfield when they temporarily need to, which is positive for Alan Pardew as it gives him more options tactically in the middle of matches.

He’ll also feel as though he has a definite point to prove following his brief spell with QPR, where he wasn’t able to do enough to prevent Harry Redknapp’s team from being relegated to the Championship last season.

There will still be plenty of people who will say Remy only joined QPR in the first place for the cash and a move to Newcastle, which was originally the plan before QPR poached him, offers him a chance to win back support in a football sense.

How do you think a Bent-Remy combination will do at Newcastle?

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