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A Look At Loic Remy’s Disaster Spell At Chelsea

Loic Remy hoped to touch the stratosphere when he joined Chelsea in 2014. He was then 27, entering his prime and doing just fine. Fast forward to three years from the day Remy joined the Premier League Champions and the Frenchman would’ve come to the stark realisation that the grass at SW6 isn’t so green after all.

When Loïc Remy joined in 2014, the Chelsea populace was indifferent – what was there to be excited about a player who had failed his medical at Liverpool? Regardless of the popular belief of the Chelsea faithful, Remy was determined to prove a point with the Blues.

Primarily, Remy’s job upon arrival at Stamford Bridge was to deputise for star striker, Diego Costa – Costa, coming on from a season which he had scored 36 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid wasn’t going to play second fiddle to anyone. Hence Loïc Remy was saddled with the daunting responsibility of making his bit-part role, count as much as possible.

Remy’s bane: Injuries

Just like a very fast dog which simply can’t be taken hunting due to a persistent sore foot, Remy failed to make any meaningful impact at Chelsea due to his inability to maintain match fitness over long periods. Playing for 2014-15 Premier League Champions, the Frenchman endured a constant battle with injuries and on rare occasions when injuries knocked out Diego Costa cold, he was simply unable to compete.

His seven goals in nineteen league appearances for Chelsea in his debut season simply buttressed the point that he could have done a whole lot better if he was able to maintain match fitness over the course of the season.

His second season at Chelsea was even worse than the first; the former Marseille striker only managed to play thirteen Premier League games all season, scoring once as Chelsea endured their most difficult campaign in the Roman Abramovic era. At this point, it had become obvious that Chelsea wouldn’t be able to offer the former Newcastle loanee any better than the Premier League title and League Cup medal it did in 2014.

A loan move to Crystal Palace was procured for Remy in the summer of 2016, but that too ended in a disaster as injuries again reared its ugly head. The nomadic French striker could only manage eight appearances for the Eagles with no goals scored. He shipped back to Chelsea for treatment and is now back permanently with his parent club after attaining full recovery.

Where next for Loïc Remy

Funny enough, Loïc Remy at 30 years old is still a wanted property both in the Premier League and abroad. I’ll attribute that to a scarcity of affordable proven goalscorers in a transfer market that has gone haywire with extravagant spending seen from Premier League clubs reeking with TV money.

Antonio Conte has told the Chelsea hierarchy that he’ll let Loïc Remy leave the West London club as soon they sign a new striker. With that in mind, these Premier League clubs have started circling and Remy could be headed for any.

Everton

The Toffees has brought in Sandro Ramirez from Malaga and Wayne Rooney from Manchester United but Ronald Koeman knows he needs to do more to bridge the gap left by Romelu Lukaku. The talismanic Belgian scored five times as many goals as Everton’s second top scorer last season.

With big gaps left in the Everton attack following the departure of Enner Valencia, Arouna Kone and Lukaku, Loïc Remy can step into Goodison and rebuild his ailing career.

Trabzonspor

Remy could opt for a move abroad with Trabzonspor said to be interested in the Frenchman. Express reports say the Blues have already had a sit-down with Muharrem Usta, president of the Turkish side over a possible £6 million transfer.

A move away from the hustle and bustle of the Premier League might be best for the frail French striker.

The bottom-line is, Loïc Remy was never going to succeed at Chelsea. Signing the Frenchman was a failed Jose Mourinho gamble.

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