When Loic Remy chose to join bottom-placed QPR over Newcastle this month, one might expect that his medical exam at the club would mainly consist of tests determining whether or not the striker had some kind of permanent brain damage. Perhaps Remy was impressed by the way in which QPR beat Chelsea the previous week, or maybe he was discouraged by Newcastle’s recent lacklustre form in the league.
These lacklustre performances continued last weekend as they suffered an embarrassing home defeat to relegation struggler Reading. Unfortunately for Newcastle fans, it appears that their club is now also embroiled in the bitter fight for Premiership survival. The Magpies are now only 2 points above 18th placed Reading and show little sign of building on this point difference.
Toon fans will be quick to point out that their season has been held back for multiple reasons. Star midfielders Cabaye and Ben Arfa have both missed 10 league games each this season and look certain to spend more time on the sidelines before the season is over. These injuries are all just salt in the wound though, as relegation for the team would most likely be the result of a failure to replace the departure of free-scoring Ba.
…will this be enough to guarantee Newcastle’s survival?…
Providing the team with a great strike-partner for the goal-shy Cisse must now be at the top of Pardew’s priorities having just secured the signing of the fullback Debuchy from Lille earlier this month. Bordeaux’s Gouffran is understood to have attracted interest from Tyneside; however there are doubts whether or not the striker will be able to follow in Ba’s prolific footsteps.
It would seem that Pardew’s French scouts are working overtime this month, as it is reported that deals have also been made for Lyon’s Cissokho, Nancy’s Haidara and Montpellier’s Yanga-Mbiwa. These promising young signings are definitely a step in the right direction for the club and they certainly provide the team with some much needed midfield cover, but will this be enough to guarantee Newcastle’s survival?
…you could easily argue that Newcastle’s contains the most amount of talent…
I believe that it will be. Comparing the starting 11s of all the teams engaged in the current relegation battle, you could easily argue that Newcastle’s contains the most amount of talent. But then again, if they were to go down it wouldn’t be the first time a talented team were demoted to play Championship football and nor is it likely to be the last.