For the second straight season, Chelsea will have a striker on loan at Tony Pulis’s Crystal Palace. Hopefully, Loïc Rémy’s reunion with his old Newcastle boss will go better than Patrick Bamford’s attempts at establishing himself last season.
Rémy arrived at Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers in August 2014 for £10.8 million, having also attracted the interest of Arsenal and Liverpool (who passed on him because of his heart condition). There were no such concerns for Rémy as the primary back up to Diego Costa, as he helped the Blues achieve Premier League glory by scoring 7 goals in only 665 minutes of playing time, peppered across 19 appearances in the competition.
Rémy did have a knack for picking up untimely injuries, and he missed the majority of last season with various knocks and ailments, at one point even forcing the club to dip into the loan market for Alexandre Pato. Combined with a glut of strikers at the club (including Falcao and the emerging Bertrand Traoré), Rémy found himself well down the pecking order. He made just three Premier League starts all season.
Now at Palace, Rémy will be fighting for a chance to prove his worth, just like fellow striker Christian Benteke. Rémy has only 2 years left on his Chelsea contract. He will turn 30 years old later this season.
Hopefully there’s enough left in those legs to annoy our Premier League rivals as much as possible!