LOIC Remy is looking to be Newcastle United’s running man this season.
The on-loan forward has set up two goals in his first couple of appearances for the club.
Remy - who missed the club’s first three games with a calf injury - is now fully fit after undergoing a condensed pre-season.
The 26-year-old adjusted to the demands of the Premier League in the second half of last season after joining Queens Park Rangers from Olympique Marseille.
And Remy, expected to start this afternoon’s home game against Hull City, determined to use his pace and power to wreak more havoc up front over the coming weeks and months as the club looks to build on its promising start to the season.
“It’s a strong league - it’s very quick,” Remy said.
“It’s different to France. For me, as a striker, if you are intelligent and you use your qualities, you can score a lot of goals.
“I learnt game after game from my mistakes. I learnt what I can do better. I have to be strong and keep the ball. In front of the goal, I must score.
“We have a lot of space, and one of my qualities is to run and use the space.”
Remy, signed on a season-long loan from QPR, had a frustrating start to his Newcastle career, and he’s just grateful to the club’s physios and medical staff for getting back to fitness ahead of schedule.
“It was definitely hard,” he said. “I couldn’t prepare as well as I would have wanted to. My pre-season was really cut short by the injury.
“I wanted to really make sure I worked hard on my fitness with the team here to get back as soon as I could.
“I just want to thank the medical staff who got me back - they did a fantastic job.”
Remy is one of 10 Frenchmen in manager Alan Pardew’s first-team squad.
But the France international - whose powerful run to the byline and cut-back set up countryman Hatem Ben Arfa’s goal against Aston Villa last weekend - is keen to ensure there are no language barriers in the dressing room.
He said: “(Having French players at United) helped me. I know there are a lot of French players, but we have to speak English. We are in England.
“Sometimes I speak French, but I try to speak English. I’m taking lessons as well.”
Meanwhile, Massadio Haidara is finally about to hit the comeback trail at Newcastle United – and that spells double trouble for Davide Santon.
The defender’s yet to kick a ball in anger this season because of an injury.
But 20-year-old Haidara, signed from Nancy in January, is pencilled in to return to full training next week.
And United manager Alan Pardew is looking for him to challenge first-choice left-back Santon, who is already under pressure from Paul Dummett.
“Massadio’s training on Monday,” Pardew said. “He’s had a terrible pre-season, bless him.
“He’s a young player, and he’s never really had an injury before. It’s been difficult for him.
“But he’s brushed up on his English, and hopefully he’ll put more pressure on Davide.
“Davide’s been brilliant, but it’s about competition.
“Dummett’s breathing down his neck and making him push on. That’s how it should be.”
Haidara made eight appearances for Newcastle last season.