HATEM Ben Arfa has backed Loic Remy to bring goals to Newcastle.
The pacy forward, who was signed on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, has recovered from the calf injury which has kept him out up to now.
Boss Alan Pardew named him in the squad for this afternoon’s home game against Fulham.
Ben Arfa has played with Remy for France and he feels the 26-year-old can bring something different to Newcastle United’s attack over the coming season.
Remy - who can play up front or out wide - scored six goals for QPR after his move to Loftus Road and Ben Arfa feels he can quickly dovetail into Pardew’s team.
“I know Loic well,” Ben Arfa explained. “He’ll bring a lot of things to the team.
“He’s a striker and he loves to score a lot of goals.
“He makes a lot of runs and can keep the ball.
“It’s a very, very good think that he has come to Newcastle.
“I think we’re going to be stronger with him. I’m looking forward to playing with him again.”
Remy has been pencilled in for a late cameo role against Fulham by United manager Alan Pardew, whose side beat Morecambe 2-0 in midweek in the Capital One Cup.
Ben Arfa - who missed a large part of last season through injury - set up the late goals scored by Shola and Sammy Ameobi at the Globe Arena with two telling passes.
And the 26-year-old, consicous of his importance to the club’s attack, is now looking to make an impact in the Premier League.
“I had a very good pre-season - we worked very hard - and I know I am important to this team,” said Ben Arfa.
“I’m going to do my best for this team. I want to help us get back to the top 10.”