ALAN Pardew is counting on a goal-den goodbye from Loic Remy – before his number comes up at St James’s Park.
Newcastle United’s on-loan forward will make his last home appearance for the club against Cardiff City on Saturday.
Seven of Remy’s 13 goals have come on home turf.
And Pardew is hopeful Remy – who missed six games with a calf injury – can help Newcastle end a club-record run of six successive Premier League defeats.
The 27-year-old returned to the starting XI against Arsenal on Monday night along with Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko, his fellow France internationals.
But the fit-again trio couldn’t influence the game, which United lost 3-0.
Newcastle manager Pardew is looking for them to make more of an impression against basement club Cardiff.
“We had the three internationals coming back,” Pardew said. “And they’re important players for us.”
“I don’t think they were every going to produce their best performance on their first (full) game back in the Premier League.
“I thought Moussa looked great considering he had a hamstring injury only three weeks ago. I was really pleased with him.
“They will be up to speed for Saturday.”
Remy, on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, was this week linked with a move to beaten Champions League semi-finalists Bayern Munich.
Meanwhile, Pardew felt Debuchy – who had missed six games with a groin injury – was tired, and the defender was withdrawn late in the game.
“Debuchy looked a little bit more tired than the other two,” he said.
“I took Debuchy off because I wanted to save him for Saturday. He will be better for the game.”
Remy, Debuchy and Sissoko are all looking to make France’s squad for the summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.