Loic Remy impressed during his season on loan at Newcastle so much so that Chelsea activated his release clause to ensure he would be playing for them the following season.
They signed him last summer in order to strengthen their strike force, but he wasn’t the only one.
Remy’s time at Newcastle saw him score an impressive 14 goal. It was an all round great season for Newcastle; who finished 10th in the table – a far cry from the side who missed relegation by the skin of their teeth this term.
Prior to that, he had been Queens Park Rangers’ top goal scorer. Yet his work was not enough to keep what was then Harry Redknapp’s side in the Premier League. Remy is too good to play in anything less than the top flight.
Diego Costa’s arrival at Stamford Bridge proved crucial to their title win. His debut season was outstanding; and he has been one of the most exciting forwards to watch this season. He ended his first season in the Premier League with 20 goals to his name, but had he remained fit, he could have challenged Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero for the Golden Boot.
But with Costa shining, despite being a debutant in England, Remy struggled to get a look in,
When Diego Costa picked up his hamstring injury, it was perfect timing for Loic Remy to prove what he could do and show why he was signed by Jose Mourinho. But it was not to be.
Remy himself was injured at the same time, having picked up an injury in training. So instead of the stage being set for Remy, it was set for Drogba. Drogba was able to prove he could still do the 90 minute stretch, despite being that bit older than the rest of the forwards.
After Chelsea secured the title, and were presented with their medals at Stamford Bridge, Didier Drogba announced he had played his final game for the Blues. Bad news for Chelsea, as they are losing one of their legends, but good news for Remy. Chelsea will still need to strengthen, but until then, Remy has the opportunity to rediscover his confidence.
He has not been as clinical at Chelsea as he had been at Newcastle, but he still have seven goals for a hit and miss season. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either.
But he needs to up his game if he wants to last at Chelsea. He needs to show his importance if he wants to break into the starting XI full time, rather than being used more as a sub.
If he can’t make the most of next season, his time may be up.