Chelsea need another forward this summer and there could be one available close by from Queens Park Rangers.
Chelsea need to strengthen in a couple of areas this summer and one of those areas is in attack due to the inconsistency and unpredictable nature of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba at the West London club.
If QPR go down, which is looking more and more likely, they will be forced into offloading some of the biggest earners in the side, as they simply won’t be able to cope along the same financial lines in the Championship.
That means Loic Remy could be available as he’s unlikely to stay at a club playing second tier football. There are plenty of reasons why he could be a perfect striker for Chelsea and is worth taking a gamble on.
He has blistering pace which is significant considering the current midfielders at the club, all suited at playing the ball into space which is where Remy can really show off his acceleration.
He’s also a good enough ball player to be able to drop into the midfield and get involved in the creative side of the play when he needs to, which allows someone like Torres or Ba to stay at the top of the attack and pin them back.
In terms of getting him to Chelsea, that really wouldn’t be any problem at all because QPR boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he’s only at the club to get a move onto a bigger team in England or around Europe.
There are two major things which could put Chelsea off from taking a punt on Remy and the first relates to his mercenary tendencies. He snubbed Newcastle to join QPR for more money and there’s nothing to suggest he wouldn’t do the exact same to Chelsea.
He also looks lost when he’s forced to play a slightly wider role in a team, which is what would happen if he became a Chelsea player. That lack of versatility will be a major reason the club may not go after him.
Chelsea have operated over the last few seasons with a man front man and then two attacking players either side of him to create the width and drop into a five man midfield when necessary.
However, he’s shown with his performances and his record at QPR (five goals in seven starts) that he can effectively lead an attack.
It all depends on who comes in as the next Chelsea boss because that person may want to go after a more expensive and higher profile signing who can have the same effect at the club that Didier Drogba had.
Would Remy be a good fit for the Blues?
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