French forward Loic Remy completed a move to Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers today. The striker penned a four-year contract with the London club; the deal is believed to be worth around £8.5 million. This fee is quite a steal for the Blues, you know the market these days.
The 27-year old began his career in France at Olympique Lyonnais and he was later sold to Nice after a loan spell at Lens. He then moved to Marseille where he had a solid career, scoring 17 and 20 in his first two seasons respectively. After two and a half years, the club announced an agreement with Newcastle United for his transfer, but the player instead signed for QPR, as they offered better wages. He still found his way to Newcastle though, as he was loaned to the Magpies after QPR got relegated.
Remy is a strong finisher, he is lightning quick and enjoys running at defenders. The forward scored 14 goals in 26 outings for Newcastle last season. He is very versatile and could play in different roles up front. He is strong in the air, and at six feet tall, provides a definite threat from set pieces. The Frenchman has displayed inventiveness with fancy dribbles and trickery. He has also shown the innovation to create goals for himself and his teammates.
He loves shooting from long range — he is quite adept at it. He is also skilled at cutting inside the box from the flanks. Remy will certainly provide a goal threat for Chelsea; the Blues already have proven scorers in Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, but he will be a welcome addition. He will obviously play second fiddle to Costa but he should get substantial playing time during this competition-laden season.
Jose Mourinho has done wonderful business in this transfer window. He moved quickly to replace Fernando Torres who left for AC Milan. Chelsea got a very good deal on their latest signing, and this venture will pay off more likely than not.
Many strikers have flopped at Chelsea in the last few years, but the Blues do seem to have a bit of luck with former Marseille men.