When Loic Remy signed for Chelsea in the final days of the transfer window, there was no doubt he was signed to be a back up to the in form Diego Costa. A couple of substitute appearances and a chance to win silverware was probably all he might have hoped for. Then the international break came along and Costa picked up another hamstring strain, while Remy came on to score a well taken goal for France in a friendly. These events although not necessarily connected, put things in perspective.
Costa’s history of picking up tears and strains was a concern for Chelsea fans before he completed his transfer to Stamford Bridge.
In light of the departures of some of Atletico’s top scorers like Sergio Arguero and the Colombian Falcao, the clubs reliance on Diego Costa tripled. He played almost every match from then on and was rarely ever given a rest. And even when injured, was rushed back before he was fully fit. The most notable example, being how he was picked to play a week after sustaining an hamstring injury and had to limp off after 9 minutes due to a recurrence of the injury. This in turn led to the Spanish striker picking up so many muscle injuries in a short space of time.
These niggling fitness problems have now become a much more serious factor affecting his football and it seems like injuries such as, thigh muscle strains and Hamstring strains have come to stay for the 25year old Spaniard. As with most injury problems, it most probably will get worse with age.
It seems Loic Remy may get his chance sooner than anticipated, with the international break over and the club engagements coming thick and fast, one good performance may turn out to be the turning point for the Frenchman. He’s explosive pace, quick feet and eye for goal has seen the former Olympic Marseille forward compared to French strikers like Nicolas Anelka and the legendary Thierry Henry.
The Rillieux- la- pape born striker has before him, the first test of his readiness this weekend against Swansea, with the first choice striker supposedly out and the other available striker in his late thirties, not what he used to be. The former QPR man has the chance to come into the team and save the day.
With reports of a drunken driving charge and an attempted rape levelled against him, Remy has had to overcome a lot to focus on his football. His failed medicals at Liverpool earlier this season was yet another reason for speculation concerning his ability to play.
Despite all this, Loic Remy has shown that he’s nothing if not a fighter. When the time comes for him to put his head down and walk hard, the 27year old has shown he will do just that.
One thing’s clear though, when the chance to prove he can be a top striker presents itself, Remy will rise to the challenge.