Alan Pardew, once the forever king of Newcastle United, has managed to extricate himself from that hilarious clownshow of a production to return a conquering hero to the club where he once reached the FA Cup final. At one point, Pardew's Crystal Palace were one of the best teams in the league, their irresistible combination of pure speed and pure graft leading to plenty of goals and plenty of points. When Pardew arrived, Palace were in the relegation zone. They finished 10th, one better than last season, and their best since the formation of the Premier League.
Buoyed by success, Pardew's looking to improve the Eagles and perhaps challenge for greater glory. Two players who may be key to any such plans are two of Pardew's former charges at Newcastle: Yohan Cabaye and Loïc Rémy. At least that's what L'Equipe are claiming in a very short, very contextless little blurb from earlier today. I don't know much about the Cabaye situation (or the also rumored Ashley Cole interest), but this is not the first time we're hearing of a potential reunion between Rémy and Pardew, and if the Chelsea backup did decide to go look for more consistent playing time, it would not be surprising to see that reunion materialize.
Over the past 12 months, we have gone from a trio of misfiring, bumbling strikers to a trio of mostly clinical, usually influential ones. Even Didier Drogba had his moments before fading strongly in the second half of the season. Rémy was a crucial part of the set, his only real issue being that he tended to get injured exactly when Diego Costa did. He still managed 9 goals in limited minutes.
With Chelsea getting consistently linked with big money strikers like Falcao and Christian Benteke, it certainly would make sense for the 28-year-old Rémy, who has three years left on his contract, to keep his options open. Could his goal against Sydney FC been the last for the £10m man in a Chelsea shirt?