Alan Pardew feels Loic Remy has the quality to make a big impact after the striker agreed a season-long loan move from Chelsea to Crystal Palace.
Pardew knows all about the 29-year-old French forward having brought him from Queens Park Rangers to Newcastle on loan previously, whereupon he netted 14 times 27 outings for the Geordies during the 2013/14 season.
That was enough to draw interest from Chelsea and Remy duly signed for the Blues in the summer of 2014.
He has scored 12 goals in 47 games for the Blues but new boss Antonio Conte has sanctioned a temporary move across London.
Hot on the heels of Christian Benteke’s arrival from Liverpool, Pardew is happy to have another attacking option to bolster an Eagles side that scored just one goal in three Premier League games so far this season.
“Loic has been a target of mine throughout this transfer window and I’m delighted the deal has been done,” said Pardew.
He has no doubt that Remy has the attributes to be a success at Selhurst Park given his track record and the experience he has gained in his career to date.
“I brought him to Newcastle so I know what he is capable of and I am convinced he will be a quality addition to our squad as we evolve,” he added.
“Loic has international and Champions League experience as well as being a Premier League title winner and is the latest example of the high calibre of players we have brought into the club during this transfer window”.
Remy suggested that chance to work with his former boss was a key factor in his decision to make the move to Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace are 3.75 to get their first win of the season at Middlesbrough in their next game on September 10.