Arsenal have been credited with an interest in signing both Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku and Queens Park Rangers’ Loic Remy over the course of the campaign.
The bizarrely low esteem the former seems to be held in at Stamford Bridge has served to heighten media appreciation of his exploits at Everton this season.
However, the fact remains that, in an injury-hampered campaign, Remy has outshone him in terms of contribution to the cause of his temporary employers.
The former Marseille striker is expected continue his return from a six-game injury absence in the Newcastle side that face the Gunners at the Emirates.
It’s a massive boon to the travelling Toon Army, with the Frenchman 5/2 to strike at any time during proceedings and a time-space continuum bothering 150/1 to repeat his Tottenham-flooring White Hart Lane heroics by bagging in a 1-0 win.
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Meanwhile the latter, more fanciful, suggestion is afforded instant credibility by the fact that Newcastle have won 55 per cent of the games Remy has started in 2013/14, but just 24 per cent of those in which he wasn’t included in the XI.
His worth to his side is plain, without him they’ve notched just three times in 13 Premier League games this term, an average of 0.23 an outing.
Meanwhile his 13 goals mean he has notched 33 per cent of Newcastle’s league goals – no other top-flight scorer has been so instrumental to his side’s haul.
By contrast the Toffees have put up a stoic 0.9 strikes per league outing without Lukaku, who has provided 22.8 per cent of their goals in the division.
They may be even stevens in the scoring charts but the Les Bleus star’s goals come at rate of 0.61 every 90 minutes that’s superior to the Rode Duivel’s 0.51.