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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has played down fears over Loic Remy's recent dip in form, saying that the Frenchman isn't relied upon completely for goals, and that he would rather spread the goals around his team. Pardew also went on to praise Remy's recent performances, despite his five game drought.
“We spread it around reasonably well, but it would be nice to have goals from all sorts of areas of the pitch. But I don’t think we are over-reliant on him, if I am honest. He’s just at the pinnacle of our attacks, mainly.”
“Being a natural goalscorer, he gets the bulk of the chances. He is playing very well and we have just got to hope that continues.”
Remy's recent struggles may prompt Pardew to seek a new striker in the New Year, but the former West Ham and Charlton boss insists that the Magpies can approach the January transfer window calmly, as they aren't in need of many players.
“I think we can be very calculated in this window. If you are in a good position, there is no need to rush anything,” said Pardew. “In the corresponding window last year, we really needed to do some business and when you need to do business, I think it is a difficult window. When you don’t need to do business, which perhaps you can argue we don’t, then maybe you can look at it in a more calculated manner.”
One of the players that Pardew may look to target is Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, with speculation linking the former Crystal Palace youngster with a loan move to the North East. Zaha has been out of favour under David Moyes, and may be farmed out on loan in order to gain more Premier League experience. The man who will go down as Sir Alex Ferguson's final signing could provide Newcastle with an extra spark on the flanks, particularly if Hatem Ben Arfa continues to be inconsistent.
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