Chelsea’s Diego Costa could be benched against Newcastle

GOAL BOOST ... Loic Remy celebrates scoring against Spurs.
GOAL BOOST ... Loic Remy celebrates scoring against Spurs.

ALAN Pardew says he wouldn’t be surprised to see Diego Costa BENCHED at St James’s Park – because of Loic Remy.

Costa was suspended for Chelsea’s midweek win over Tottenham Hotspur.

And the in-form striker, signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer, is widely expected to return to the starting XI against Newcastle United tomorrow.

But United manager Pardew feels Mourinho – who complained he didn’t have enough firepower last season – could start with Drogba or ex-Newcastle loanee Remy, with both having scored in the 3-0 win over Tottenham.

“Jose was moaning about his strikers, but he can’t this year,” said Pardew. “He has three terrific strikers – any one of them could play.

“Knowing Jose, he could start with Loic or Drogba – I wouldn’t necessarily guarantee that Costa will return.

“He’s loyal to his players. I was pleased to see Loic score. He’ll push Costa all the way.”