Loïc Rémy started for the fourth time in the Premier League for Chelsea on Saturday. It was his eighth start and 24th appearance overall since joining at the end of the summer transfer window. In those eight starts, he's got four goals, adding three more from the bench.
Slowed in the fall by an injury, he has split time with Didier Drogba as Diego Costa's backup. Lately though, he's edged ahead of the club legend as the clear second-choice for Jose Mourinho. He has started three of the last four Premier League games that Costa has had to miss through either suspension or injury.
"He's a great boy and his contribution for us is already crucial with these two match-winners in the last two matches. He trains fantastically well. He keeps himself in great condition to come to matches, even without many, many minutes to be ready for us, so I'm really pleased and everybody's pleased for him."
-Jose Mourinho; source: BT
Even if it was just a tap-in...
"Every striker has this in them, so today when Eden recovered the ball you could see immediately he sprinted to score what I call an easy goal but I love strikers to score easy goals. The tap-in when the goalkeeper has an incomplete save, attacking the ball on a low cross, rebounds – I love the easy goals from a striker."
-Jose Mourinho; source: Guardian
With Costa set to miss at least the next two matches (QPR away, Manchester United at home), Rémy's goalscoring instincts will perhaps be needed now more than ever.