Analysis: Sevilla star the perfect replacement for Remy at Newcastle

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Newcastle linked with looking to La Liga for their next summer signing with Sevilla's Carlos Bacca among the club's transfer targets.

According to reports, manager Alan Pardew has received glowing reports on the Colombia striker who was voted the best La Liga signing of 2013-14 by Spanish newspaper Marca.

The Toon struggled in front of goal last term as they endured a tough Premier League campaign, and had it not been for the efforts of loan-signing Loic Remy, who contributed to 33% of the club's 43 strikes, the season could have finished very differently.

Understandably, Pardew is looking to reinforce his attacking options, with Bacca mooted as an ideal target. Following Remy's return to his parent-club, Queens Park Rangers, the Toon need to find a player capable of replacing his prowess in front of goal.

Bacca scored 21 times in 50 games last season, having signed for Sevilla in the summer transfer window. His services cost just £5million as he signed from Club Brugge at the time, but an impressive debut season in Spain will have seen his price-tag drastically increase. 

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistShooting Acc (%)Shot Conv Rate (%)Total Att Assist / appsTake On Succ (%)Aerial Duel Succ (%)AppsMins
Yoan Gouffran Newcastle FW 6 3 34.62 11.54 0.80 28.57 50.75 35 2,620
Papiss Demba Cissé Newcastle FW 2 2 42.86 4.08 0.71 40.91 44.16 24 1,383

When compared to Pardew's options ahead of the 2014/15 season, it's clear Bacca is a definite upgrade on the club's strikeforce when lacking the attacking talents of Remy.

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistShooting Acc (%)Shot Conv Rate (%)Total Att Assist / appsTake On Succ (%)Aerial Duel Succ (%)AppsMins
Loïc Remy Newcastle FW 14 3 35.56 15.56 1.15 45.31 40.63 26 2,103
Carlos Bacca Sevilla FW 14 5 45.00 24.10 0.94 50.00 37.00 35 2,298

The Frenchman found the back of the net 14 times last season, and coincidentally, Bacca matched this total whilst featuring in La Liga, although he did enjoy slightly more game time.

An initial glance at the statistics suggest the Colombian has exactly what it takes to match the goal scoring ability lost with his potential predecessor's departure.

Having breached the ten goal barrier last term, he ranks significantly higher than the forwards currently at the club's disposal. Yoan Gouffran remains his closest competitor, having scored on just six occasions, whilst Papiss Cisse netted just twice. Ultimately, the club are in desperate need of a reliable centre-forward.

He is the most clinical of the players in question, having converted 1/4 of his chances during the previous campaign. Having hit the intended target from 45% of his attempts, he has a clear eye for goal.

With five assists, the Sevilla-man also ranks higher than the Newcastle forwards in terms of goals created. Gouffran comes close, having created three goals, but his chance creation per match is inferior. Remy also set-up just three strikes last term, so in this regard, Bacca holds the winning hand.

The Colombian is also accomplished at dribbling, which adds to the threat he poses. The only real question surrounds his aerial prowess, as he is far less convincing when it comes to winning headers. He failed to net a singled headed goal last term, whilst Remy scored three.

There is a reason Bacca is coveted by some of Europe's top sides, and he would be an excellent coup for Newcastle, who in reality, are in desperate need of his services.

Any player who is capable of scoring ten or more goals a season, is a valuable asset to a bottom-half Premier League side, and the Toon will do well to secure his signature ahead of the upcoming season.

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