Loic Remy could get Newcastle United last 10 minutes v Fulham


ALAN Pardew has warned that it could be another late, late show against Fulham at St James’s Park tomorrow.

ALAN Pardew has warned that it could be another late, late show against Fulham at St James’s Park tomorrow.

Newcastle United beat Martin Jol’s side in April thanks to a Papiss Demba Cisse goal four minutes into injury time.

Cisse jumped into the crowd to celebrate the strike, which came with Newcastle mired in a Premier relegation battle.

And it could take a similarly dramatic strike to defeat them again.

United manager Alan Pardew is planning to give summer signing Loic Remy a 10-minute cameo now he is close to full fitness after recovering from a calf injury.

While Pardew - whose side couldn’t muster a shot on target against West Ham United last weekend – doesn’t believe Remy could come on any earlier, he feels he could make an explosive debut.

“We have some options that improve us after West Ham,” Pardew told SportMail. “Remy has got a good chance of being on the bench.

“I don’t want our fans chanting his name after half-time because, trust me, they won’t be seeing him too early – unless we need him.

“We might see him with about 10 minutes to go because that’s all he’s got at the moment.

“But don’t forget this game was won in the last minute last season so he might be important. So I don’t want to not have that option.”

Remy turned down a move to Newcastle in January and instead joined QPR.

But the 26-year-old was made available for loan after QPR’s relegation, and United paid a £2m fee to bring him to St James’s Park for the season.

The France international can play up front or on the wings. He netted six goals for QPR.

Pardew admits he is wary of Fulham’s attacking talent, not least ex-Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov and on-loan striker Darren Bent, who was the subject of interest from Newcastle this summer.

“We go to looking for a win, but I do think it will be a tight game,” said Pardew.

“I watched them at Sunderland (when Fulham won 1-0), and I thought Sunderland did well without hurting them.

“That’s the problem with Fulham – they are a good defensive unit.

“And they’ve got a player of real class in Berbatov, in particular, that anybody would want to see.

“Fulham have that danger element about them, but we should win.”