LOIC Remy says he must take his share of the blame for Newcastle United’s plight.
The on-loan forward has missed the club’s last three matches through suspension.
And Remy has watched in frustration as Newcastle have conceded 10 goals without reply in a three-game losing streak.
The absence of Remy from Alan Pardew’s starting XI has been keenly felt on the pitch, as has that of departed midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
Remy – the club’s 11-goal leading scorer – will be available for next Sunday’s Premier League home game against Aston Villa after a serving a three-match ban for his dismissal against Norwich City last month.
And the France international, a revelation in the early months of the season, is ready to shoulder the “responsibility” of leading the line – and end United’s 360-minute goal drought.
“I just know I have to score – this is my job,” Remy said.
“It’s not pressure, it’s just normal. I am a striker, and it’s my job to score goals.
“We have conceded 10 goals in three games, which is a lot. At the same time we haven’t scored any goals.
“For me, I know I have a big responsibility. The fans are expecting a lot from me.”
Remy was sent off in Newcastle’s goalless draw against Norwich at Carrow Road after clashing with midfielder Bradley Johnson, who had brought him down.
Johnson’s red card was rescinded on appeal by an independent Football Association regulatory commission, but Remy’s dismissal was upheld.
And the 27-year-old has admitted he made a “mistake” in reacting to Johnson’s foul in the way he did.
Remy missed the defeats to Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Sunderland, and he says it was “difficult” helplessly watching his team-mates in those fixtures.
“I made a mistake against Norwich,” said Remy, on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers.
“I should have kept my self-control. Now I have learnt from my mistake and I won’t do it again.
“I think my team has missed me. For me, it was difficult to see my team lose some games.
“It’s difficult when you cannot play, especially when the team is not playing very well. It’s a shame not to have the possibility to play.
“Now I will come back and try to help the team as much as I can.
“I’m happy to come back, because I haven’t played for three weeks.”