Remy brings verve to Newcastle's attack

Posted by Lee Ryder

Loic Remy added another dimension to Newcastle's forward play.GettyImagesLoic Remy added another dimension to Newcastle's forward play.

For around 15 minutes at St James' Park against Fulham the woes of the summer were put on the back-burner as Newcastle United's only signing of the transfer window, Loic Remy, made his Premier League debut for the club.

The French international may well only be on loan to Newcastle until the end of the season. But his introduction lifted both the crowd and his team-mates as he rolled his sleeves up and got on with the job.

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If the 26-year-old striker was supposed to be rusty during his first run out since May, for QPR in the 1-0 loss at Liverpool, it certainly didn't show as he made a series of telling and probing runs down the left hand side to help push Fulham over the edge.

There seemed to be an injection of confidence into the final third as he linked up well with Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse and of course the match winner in Hatem Ben Arfa. His wonderful floated pass to Ben Arfa with four minutes left to play proved to be the key that unlocked the Fulham back four.

True, Ben Arfa still had work to do before chesting the ball down and driving his way to the edge of the 18-yard box and unleashing a superb effort. Yet if this is a sign of things to come from Remy then the exciting possibilities for Alan Pardew and his team in terms of shape and formation can still mean there is plenty to look forward to.

Of course, with a mere 24 hours of the transfer window to go, Pardew has hardly been backed by his director of football this summer in terms of permanent signings. Instead he has to work with what he's got. But if he can keep his frontline stars like Cisse, Remy, Ben Arfa and Gouffran fit and up to speed, there is real hope that despite the lack of investment his side can rediscover their potent side in the final third.

True, there will be few getting too carried away by Ben Arfa's wonder goal given that it ended 411 minutes of Premier League action without one. It was also the end of a SEVEN hour drought for St James' Park fans after a long run without a goal to cheer. Although they at least headed home after seeing some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of attacking play.

It was also noted that the improvement from Cisse picked up with a range of passes from his team-mates throughout the game. Sadly, Cisse couldn't make one of them count on a day when new boy Remy and Ben Arfa grabbed all of the headlines after a much needed 1-0 win.


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