Chelsea striker Loic Remy discusses Newcastle crisis, comments on St. James' Park return

Loic Remy

Chelsea striker Loic Remy returns to St. James' Park this weekend.

Chelsea striker Loic Remy has told The Chronicle that he is 'surprised' by the ongoing crisis at his former club Newcastle United.

Remy, 28, scored in Chelsea's 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Walsall on Wednesday night, yet whilst that was going on, Newcastle lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

The Magpies are already in turmoil under new manager Steve McClaren, having picked up just two points from their six opening Premier League games, and have now suffered a cup defeat to a Championship team, mustering just one shot on target in that game.

Things may get worse for Newcastle this weekend, as they face Chelsea on Saturday evening in front of a disgruntled St. James' Park crowd.

The game will see French striker Remy make his return to Tyneside, having spent the 2013/14 season on loan with Newcastle, scoring 14 goals in 27 games.

How Newcastle could do with Remy now, but they may instead face him due to Diego Costa's suspension - and the forward has told The Chronicle he is looking forward to facing his former club, but hopes that they can get out of their current mess as soon as possible.

"I’m surprised at them because they are quite a big, strong team," said Remy. "I am sure they will get better very soon. It’s my old club, so it’s always a pleasure to play against them. But the manager will decide the best team so we’ll see on Saturday," he added.

The Newcastle defence, which has already struggled at times this season, will have to be aware of the pace and goalscoring threat possessed by Remy, who will be hoping to inflict more pain on the Magpies come Saturday evening.

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