LOIC Remy can be a “thoroughbred” winner for Newcastle United this season.
That’s the verdict of manager Alan Pardew, who saw the club fail to sign another forward before Monday night’s transfer deadline.
United owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear came under renewed fire from supporters after the window closed without another addition.
Newcastle yesterday took the unusual step of issuing a statement from Pardew, in which he pointed to the club’s acquisition of five players in January.
Pardew - who had spoken of the need to add depth to the playing staff over the summer months - also said he felt United had now a “strong squad” after Remy’s arrival.
Remy, signed on a £2m season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, made a belated debut in last weekend’s 1-0 win over Fulham.
And the 26-year-old – who had missed the club’s first three games with a calf injury – made an immediate impact after coming off the bench at St James’s Park.
Remy’s pass found Hatem Ben Arfa on the edge of the box, and his French countryman did the rest, beating David Stockdale with a stunning shot four minutes from time.
“Loic’s a thoroughbred,” Pardew said. “You can tell he’s a proper player.
“He looks the part and carries himself well. The players have taken to him, and he’s a good guy. We’re lucky to have him.”
Remy was close to joining United in January, but opted for a move to Loftus Road, where there was a better financial offer on the table.
The France international went on to score six goals for QPR in their ultimately unsuccessful battle against relegation.