Magpies boss happy with loan signing of French striker.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has backed loan signing Loic Remy to have a positive impact at the club during his loan spell from Queens Park Rangers this season, the Daily Mail reports.
The 26-year-old was linked with the Magpies last January before he opted for a move to Loftus Road from Ligue 1 side Marseille, though with the London club since relegated, he has taken the chance to play in the Premier League again this season with Pardew’s side.
Newcastle had been keen to strengthen their attack this summer, having lost Senegalese international striker Demba Ba to Chelsea earlier in the year and failing to adequately replace him.
Indeed, the club attempted to loan back the 29-year-old from the Blues this season, though a move could not be concluded before the transfer window deadline, leaving Remy as the club’s only major addition of the entire summer, something that sections of the club’s fans have been critical of.
However, Pardew fully believes Remy has the quality to be the Ba replacement that Newcastle need, as well as hinting that the French international could be set to make his first start for the club against Aston Villa this weekend.
“Since Demba left, we’ve lacked a player that has increased our goal threat,” he said.
‘With all due respect to the players that we have, we need a player that can put the other team on the back foot. I think Remy does that.
“The one thing I would say is that he’s impressed in training,” he added.
“Not just the manager, but the players and the coaching staff, and his manner around the place. He’s been a real gentleman. As far as I am concerned the signs for success are there.”