LOIC Remy is “sharp” and ready to take out his frustration on Aston Villa – in the right way.
The Newcastle forward will start Sunday’s home Premier League game after serving a three-match ban, following his clash with Norwich’s Bradley Johnson at Carrow Road last month.
The 27-year-old – the Magpies’ leading scorer with 11 goals – has been a huge miss, with Newcastle having failed to score in his absence.
And the on-loan QPR player is looking to get the beleaguered Tynesiders’ faltering Premier League campaign back up and running.
“Loic’s looked really sharp in training, but he couldn’t play,” boss Alan Pardew said. “He will definitely start.”
The return of Remy – who set up Hatem Ben Arfa’s goal in Newcastle’s 2-1 win at Villa Park in September with a fine run down the left – is timely for the Magpies.
“It was a double whammy,” admitted Pardew, who has come under renewed fire from supporters during the club’s three-game losing streak.
“We lost Yohan (sold to Paris Saint-Germain) and we lost Loic. It compounded the issue. It was another blow, but it’s looking better for the weekend.”
The odds of Newcastle making the France international’s move permanent look remote given the cost of signing him – and the interest in Remy elsewhere. Arsenal are among the clubs reportedly looking to sign Remy.
Meanwhile, Mathieu Debuchy has refused to commit his future to Newcastle amid reports that Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are keen on him.
The right-back has been in excellent form in his first full season in the Premier League, having joined from Lille in January last year.
But the defender’s displays have seen him linked with summer switches to French giants PSG or Champions League holders Bayern.
The 28-year-old, speaking to French media, refused to rule out a move.
“PSG? I am here (at Newcastle) until the end of the season and for next year, I do not know,” he said.
Debuchy is best friends with Yohan Cabaye, who made a £20million move to PSG last month, and the full-back says he has spoken to his friend about life in the French capital.
“This is a great loss for us so obviously I was sad, but I am happy for him because PSG is a great club,” Debuchy said about Cabaye’s transfer.
“I had the opportunity to talk a little with Yohan Cabaye and it is clear he is really happy there.”