Loic Remy – difference between top six and bottom six for Newcastle?

Newcastle United

The France international has started his loan spell at St James’ Park well, but the North East side will have competition to sign him on a permanent deal.

For the majority of clubs, the summer transfer window is where most transfer business is done, with many managers wary of changing personnel overly mid-season in January.

However, one club that need a positive January transfer window is Newcastle United. The St James’ Park outfit toiled to bring in new faces over the off-season, with new director of football Joe Kinnear feeling the brunt of the club’s fans’ disdain.

One new face of note arrived at the club over the summer in the form of striker Loic Remy, who has started his time at the club in scintillating form.

Five goals in five Premier League games has forced him back into the French national set-up, and the QPR loanee is seemingly starting to live up to his considerable potential.

Newcastle have long been admirers of Remy and came close to signing him from Marseille before he opted for a switch to Loftus Road, and Alan Pardew has admitted that the North East side are exploring ways to prolong his stay at the club past this season.

However, with Tottenham and a host of European sides reportedly also keeping tabs on the star, and his increased presence with Les Bleus, Newcastle would be advised to work fast to try and lock him into a permanent contract.

As it stands, Newcastle fans will expect a handful of new faces come January, but Remy’s permanent addition would be a real source of delight for the St James’ faithful.

If the worst was to happen and Newcastle were to lose him to another club, the side would lose its main source of goals and could really suffer as a result.

Papiss Cisse is seemingly overcoming his drop in confidence and has scored a goal or two of late, but with Remy alongside him Newcastle look much more dangerous.

If Kinnear can justify his position by permanently adding Remy to the squad, Newcastle would have one of the most lethal forwards in the English game at their long-term disposal.

With other talented players such as Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye also in good early season form, the sky really is the limit for the team this year.

However, it currently feels that Remy is the crucial final piece of the puzzle, and keeping him at the club will play a significant role in how Newcsatle’s season pans out.

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