When the exciting French front-man first entered his debut campaign in English football with relegation strugglers QPR back in 2013, fans of the Premier League were pretty unanimous in their praise of one Loic Remy.
He seemed like a determined young striker – who with a slight bit of polishing up around the seams – really could go all the way to the top and begin to emulate some of the very best strikers the EPL has ever seen.
As an illustrious move to Stamford Bridge awaited the Frenchman at the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign, it seemed that the now 28-year-old had finally begun to live out his dreams in the ever testing realms of top-flight English football. He was representing one of the league’s most formidable outfits, and with Chelsea going down as odds on favourites to eventually win the Premier League at this current stage, its seemed – on paper at least – that the former Ligue 1 star had finally lived up to his full potential.
Life in the top-flight is very rarely that straight forward however, as in reality, Loic Remy has become nothing more than a glorified bench warmer for Jose Mourinho so far this term.
In light of such a notion, just how much of a career mistake did Remy make when he ultimately decided that Chelsea was the right club for him?
Well the answer in itself is a pretty straight forward one – yes, it was likely a mistake on the player’s part, and quite a dramatic one at that.
On his day, the Frenchman can be simply sublime. Both for QPR and Newcastle – the club which hosted Remy on a season long loan basis throughout the course of last season – he displayed some very distinct qualities across the pitch, as well as the type of deadly instinct only a natural born striker could truly possess.
The former Lyon man could seemingly beat defenders at ease with his intelligent off-ball movement. He had something very Thierry Henry-esque about his approach – as when Loic Remy goes through on goal in a one-on-one duel with the opposition’s keeper – you just know the skillful 28-year-old will invariably come out on top in most cases.
Such an entertaining player is therefore doing himself, as well as all the genuine football fans in this country, a great disservice by missing out on so much crucial first team action this season. With marquee signing Diego Costa up-top in Jose Mourinho’s one man attack force, Remy simply had no hope of ever really establishing himself within this current Chelsea set up – especially with homecoming hero Didier Drogba also waiting in the wings for his respective chance as well.
Perhaps at a club such as Arsenal, or even Liverpool, the team that displayed a great deal of interest in the striker before he eventually joined up with the Blues last summer – would have offered Loic Remy a stronger chance of first team football, as well as the opportunity to develop his skills in the Premier League even further.
Even staying at St. James’ would have given the no. 18 a more meaningful role than what has been rather unceremoniously handed to him at Stamford Bridge this term. Because the player has inevitably failed to make a name for himself this season though, the former Magpies top goal scorer has only seen his reputation take a backwards step in the past few months.
Chelsea and Jose Mourinho may therefore be the only ones subsequently profiting from this deal then – but as the Frenchman previously turned down solid mid-tablers Newcastle United on a permanent basis for life with the ill-fated QPR all those months ago however – maybe Loic Remy just about deserves his lack of game time after failing to learn from his previous pitfalls in the English game.