LOIC Remy’s has made a plea to frustrated Newcastle United fans – stick with us!
Alan Pardew’s beleaguered side take on Aston Villa at St James’s Park on Sunday looking to end a dismal run of five successive home defeats.
On-loan forward Remy missed the losses to Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland through suspension.
And the club’s leading scorer will make a timely return against Villa – with the team having failed to find the net for 360 minutes.
Remy – on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers – is keen to make up for lost time in a black and white shirt, having last week apologised for the loss of “self-control” which saw him sent off against Norwich City and banned for three games.
The 27-year-old says he understands the “frustration” of supporters at recent results – the club’s season has unravelled since Yohan Cabaye’s sale last month – but he feels the team can get back up and running given the quality in the dressing room.
“It’s normal that they are frustrated,” Remy said.
“They want us to win every game. We want this as well.
“I want to say to keep going and support the team like they have done since the beginning of the season.
“We’re are going to do the best for them until the end of the season. We train hard at the training ground.
“There is no reason why we can’t get good results in the future.
“Everybody wants to get a good result. When we work hard, we get results.
“We can’t be worried about the future. We just want to do our jobs.”
Ninth-placed Newcastle have conceded 10 goals without reply in their last three Premier League games, and the pressure on manager Pardew and his players intensified after last week’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Tottenham.
However, Pardew hopes to have captain Fabricio Coloccini and midfielder Cheik Tiote back from injury for the Villa game.
“We all know that there will be big pressure for this game,” added Remy.
“We know that we have still got big quality in the team, even though we have lost an important player (Cabaye).
“We are going to have all the players back (from injury), so I think it’s an important game for us.
“For the confidence, it’s important to get back to winning games.”
Remy, this week linked with a summer move to Arsenal, has scored 11 goals so far this season.
l SHOLA Ameobi says Newcastle United can’t rely on Loic Remy’s goals alone between now and the end of the season.
Remy will return to the starting XI for Sunday’s home game against Aston Villa after serving a three-game ban.
Newcastle haven’t scored in their 11-goal top-scorer’s absence.
With midfielder Yohan Cabaye – who netted seven times – having left last month, Alan Pardew’s side look short of firepower.
And long-serving Ameobi – whose last Premier League goal came in December 2012 – believes the rest of the team must “take responsibility” and help out Remy.
“People have to step up,” Ameobi said.
“When we’ve lost players, other people have stepped up.
“It’s important that you try to take on the responsibility.
“I think when you have a team like that, you can move forward. We’ve lost a class act. We know that.
“I’m sure someone will step up to the plate. That’s what happens in football.”