Loic Remy was called up for the friendlies against Portugal and Armenia, but should he be in the squad at all?
Yesterday, Chelsea striker Loic Remy was included as part of the France squad that Didier Deschamps named for the upcoming friendlies against Portugal and Armenia, but it’s hard to justify why the former Queen’s Park Rangers and Newcastle United forward has made the cut ahead of a number of other French strikers.
Before his move to Chelsea, Remy started twice for QPR, in both games he failed to hit the back of the net despite seven shots on goal. Since his move to Stamford Bridge, the 27-year-old striker hasn’t made an appearance from the start, a substitute in two league games and once in the Champions League.
He did score the fourth in Chelsea’s 4-2 win at home to Swansea, but it seems the former Marseille man has made the squad completely on the back of his goal against Spain in the last round of friendlies.
There was an argument that Remy’s inclusion ahead of Alexandre Lacazette for the World Cup squad was as much to do with experience as ability, and that may still be the case, but there is less need for it at this point of France’s preparations.
Marseille forward and former teammate of Remy, Andre-Pierre Gignac has been recalled to the squad, he is 29 years old and takes the place of Olivier Giroud in the squad and also gives France added experience.
Gignac is the top scorer in Ligue 1, well deserving of his recall to the squad. Next on the list is Toulouse FC forward, Wissam Ben Yedder. The 24-year-old has five goals this season including the opener in their 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain.
Let’s not forget about Alexandre Lacazette, the Lyon forward who had been heavily linked with Liverpool and Arsenal this summer. He has four goals already this season and has been impressive as Lyon have won two out of their last four games after a tough start to the campaign.
Both these strikers are in much better form than Remy, both are starting regularly for their club and are actually not just starters, but key members, influential in how their team is playing.
It is ideal to have players playing at the top level and the Premier League is obviously a much better competition than Ligue 1, but when that player is stuck on the bench, with others performing more consistently, Blanc needs to pick on form, not just because the player is at Chelsea.
This is a France squad that is trying to build up a head of steam before hosting Euro 2016, playing out of form players and ignoring young emerging talent is not the way to do it.