Chelsea have finally reinforced their attacking options, bringing in Loic Remy to partner Diego Costa. The question on everyone’s mind however, is whether Remy can fit into Jose Mourinho’s style of play? Rob Lyons discusses.
Initial perceptions as to where Remy may fit point to his main position being on the bench and as an alternative option to either Didier Drogba or Diego Costa.
To turn this argument on its head one has to question if Remy is deserving of a starting place in this Chelsea side? While on loan at Newcastle last season he managed 14 goals in just 24 starts for the Magpies. An impressive record, particularly when one considers that Newcastle had a less than impressive finish to their campaign.
Diego Costa for his part now looks to have taken up the mantle of Chelsea’s best striker. The 25-year-old has scored four goals in three games for the Blues since joining from Atletico Madrid this summer. Costa has everything a striker needs from what he has shown so far this season.
He can finish expertly, has a good footballing brain to bring other players into the game and works very hard to harass opposing defences in helping his side defend from the top of the pitch, which eases pressure on his midfield teammates.
Remy is a more skilful player with more tricks in his pocket than Costa. He still needs time to mature however and could in time be a solid replacement for Drogba who is now 36. It is doubtful that the Ivorian will be around past this season.
Remy, 27, provides the possibility of being a future star for the Blues if he can fit into Jose Mourinho’s way of thinking as well as showing the form he has managed to find while on loan at Newcastle.
He may not necessarily fit the bill of a blockbuster signing such as Radamel Falcao to Manchester United but he certainly gives Chelsea someone who has proved he can score goals in the Premier League.
At this current moment in time and from what was seen last season the Chelsea legend that is Drogba may have to take a back seat to the Blues’ newest player.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.