Alan Pardew hopes Loïc Rémy and Mathieu Debuchy will be fit to return to Newcastle United's first team for a game which could yet define his future. After losing four successive matches – not to mention eight of their past 11 fixtures – many Newcastle fans are calling for the manager's head and he accepts his side needs to beat Swansea City at St James' Park on Saturday.

With the team struggling to score goals, Rémy's likely return to lead the attack following a six-game absence is particularly welcome while Debuchy adds both defensive stability and attacking width at right-back.

Currently on loan from Queens Park Rangers, Rémy is widely expected to leave Tyneside this summer but Newcastle's manager has different ideas. "I think we've got a good chance of keeping Loïc," said Pardew. "Sometimes you can be a good fit at a club and he fits in well here."

While fans remain pessimistic about Mike Ashley, the club's owner, providing the investment required to replenish the squad this summer, Pardew is optimistic. "There's uncertainty among the supporters about our intentions," he acknowledged. "Perhaps I can feel a little more confident. I know a little bit more than them. Some fans fear we're not going to move forward but I think we will. We've got ourselves in a good position in terms of transfer preparation. We're certainly going to be active. Our targets buoy me.

"History is heavy on us. What Bobby Robson did here, we've got to live up to those expectations. The financial goalposts have moved a little bit against us but that doesn't mean we can't compete – I'm determined to compete."