LOIC Remy is ready to blast Newcastle United towards the European places, according to Alan Pardew.
The forward was a revelation in the first few months of the season. Remy scored eight goals in his first 12 appearances for United.
But the France international, on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, had scored just two goals in 10 goals ahead of last weekend’s visit to Upton Park.
The 27-year-old scored in Newcastle’s 3-1 Premier League win over West Ham United. And manager Pardew felt Remy - the club’s leading scorer with 11 goals - was looking more of a “threat” in the final third of the pitch.
“Loic was looking more of a threat,” Pardew said.
“He had three or four great chances, which he created for himself.”
Remy and his team-mates returned to England today from their warm-weather training in Abu Dhabi ahead of the club’s January 28 game at Norwich City.
United’s visit to Carrow Road is followed by the Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland on February 1.
And Pardew feels Remy can help eighth-placed Newcastle push up the league between now and the end of the season.
“He played well, and that bodes well going forward,” added Pardew, who is hopeful United can secure Remy on a permanent deal in the summer.
However, there are many obstacles between Newcastle and Remy’s signature.
Remy’s Loftus Road salary would break the United’s strict wage structure, while QPR owner Tony Fernandes has suggested the club would look to keep him if they win promotion back to the top flight.
Pardew himself has admitted the situation is “complicated”.
For his part, Remy has insisted he won’t assess his options until the end of the season.