Chelsea must hold onto Loic Remy
Guus Hiddink’s arrival at Chelsea coincided with the club picking up solid back-to-back draws against Watford and Manchester United before bettering those results with a convincing 3-0 victory away to Crystal Palace.
However, 2015-16 has seen the club struggle when it comes to strikers; Diego Costa proving inconsistent – although he was back to his best at Palace – and Radamel Falcao being brandished as one of the worst signings of the summer.
However, in Loic Remy, the Blues possess one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier league and his lack of usage this season has been a resounding mistake.
Subsequently, Chelsea must do all they can to ensure Remy remains under their employment throughout January. The Frenchman will be heavily sought after and it would be unwise for the club to allow such a renowned forward to slip through their fingers.
Despite being deprived of game time this season, Remy has impressed regardless during his brief cameos in 2015-16.
With Jose Mourinho largely exiling him from the Premier League squad, the ex-QPR forward had to impress in the cup competitions and he did just that. The Frenchman scored two in two during the club’s short League Cup run and proved a fantastic asset throughout.
Whilst the 28-year-old only possesses a single league goal this campaign, it can be simply attributed to the baffling lack of minutes presented to him. Diego Costa may have improved in recent weeks but persistence with the Spaniard has proven farcical at times.
With raw pace and undoubted composure in front of goal, in Remy, Chelsea own the league’s most underrated forward. Unfortunately for the man himself, he hasn’t been given time to demonstrate his talent on a consistent basis this year.
The main concern for Chelsea fans should be the persistent rumours orbiting the Frenchman. Whilst most regard a loan move, it should still be worrying that the Blues may be stripped of one of their most prominent sources of goals.
Aston Villa are the favourites to snap up the striker this winter, after all they are in desperate need of a forward, but conceding Remy to the side bottom of the table would simply prove an insult. Remy deserves to be at a top club and Chelsea should not allow him to leave Stamford Bridge in January.
His involvement in the run-in for the 2014-15 Premier League title is vastly underrated and the Frenchman can play a similar role in the Blues’ late season slog for the European places. It seems illogical for Chelsea to let Remy go and bring in a new striker when they already possess a lethal finisher on their roster in the first place.
Chelsea are in dire need of results and goals. Remy may just prove the player to help bring the good times back to Stamford Bridge. The Frenchman is a proven goal scorer and allowing him to leave in January would be unwise when he has so much to offer.
Besides, with Chelsea’s recent transfer business proving nothing short of erratic, the club should stick with a forward used to the club and with experience in the league.
Diego Costa may be superb on his day but when the Spaniard falters, Chelsea need a back-up plan to bail them out of tricky situations. Falcao certainly can’t deliver and dipping their toe in the January market would prove a lottery.
The Fernando Torres deal in 2011 shows Chelsea are prone to making mistakes in recent January windows, not to mention the Juan Cuadrado and Mohammed Salah fiascos.
The Blues should stick with what they know and in Remy they possess a striker who can resurrect their season. Allowing the 28-year-old to leave would be criminal and the last thing such a ravaged club needs at the moment is festering regrets.
After all, with Chelsea on their knees and Remy’s proven track record, it would seem reckless to relinquish such a renowned finisher to a club only six places behind them in the table.
Kobe Tong, YJA Senior Journalist