Loic Remy could have been a Newcastle legend, says Joe Allon

Loic Remy

Joe Allon believes Loic Remy should have signed for Newcastle United, rather than Chelsea.

Remy completed a switch to Stamford Bridge at the close of the transfer window, after the Blues activated his £10.5 million release clause.

Having signed with QPR in the January of 2013, the French forward’s six goals in 14 games failed to prevent the Loftus Road club suffering relegation to the Championship, and he left West London to sign on loan with Newcastle United for the duration of the 2013/14 season. An unwillingness to play in the second tier was the cause for his move, and, although he suffered a number of injuries that limited his impact in the North East, the 27-year-old still managed an impressive return of 14 goals in 26 games to help the Magpies in a faltering season.

Despite Rangers winning promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt, he was offered the chance to move to St James’ Park on a permanent deal, but he turned that option down. He was in talks to sign with Premier League runners-up Liverpool, before the club pulled out after the forward failed a medical prior to agreeing the deal, and he completed the short switch to Chelsea as a back-up choice to Diego Costa.

Injuries have prevented the French international from truly excelling for the Blues, but two goals in six short Premier League appearances is a good return, and he has shown that he is willing to be nothing more than a back-up choice, still performing when called upon - as shown by his composed finish after coming on as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening.

Whilst chances are more limited at Stamford Bridge than they would have been at both Newcastle and Anfield, the forward made the switch to win trophies and play in the Champions League, but ex-Magpies striker Joe Allon believes his move will cost him personal success - and the chance to become a legend at St James’ Park.

“I’m sure Loic Remy will get a hot reception,” Allon - who turned out for both Newcastle and Chelsea during his playing career - told the Chronicle.

“He had the chance to sign for Newcastle but didn’t take it. I think that finances played a big part in that because he is not going to be a regular starter for Chelsea.

“But he could have played at a great club every single week at Newcastle and been a legend here.”

“I don’t think he’ll do that at Chelsea.

“He’s got a bit-part role there, he’s just another player.”

Remy will be hoping to prove his worth to the Blues this weekend, by scoring against his former club as Newcastle host the West Londoners on Saturday afternoon.

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