Loic Remy is now 'integrated' at Chelsea, claims Blues legend

Loic Remy

Loic Remy started his first Premier League game for the Blues on Saturday, as the club defeated Crystal Palace 2-1.

With the absence of leading scorer Diego Costa through injury, Remy was awarded his first Premier League start of the season, with one goal to his name as a substitute against Swansea.

He failed to get on the scoresheet at Selhurst Park, but he looked much improved upon his earlier showings as a Chelsea player, with his link up play much more fluid than Costa’s. He also played much deeper than his Spanish teammate, acting as a complete forward, rather than a poacher, completing two successful dribbles and being instrumental in the dismissal of central defender Damien Delaney - who pulled Remy back having been turned by the forward.

The Frenchman will likely be given his second consecutive start in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, and former Blues winger Pat Nevin believes that Remy is now integrating into the Chelsea set-up.

Speaking to the official Blues website, the club legend said: “Loic has a particular neat little turn that defenders seem to fall for time and again, certainly it bamboozled Delaney enough to get sent off for failing to read it for his second yellow card.

“He has also tidied up his possession play, holding it up far better and looking to play more creatively than in his first few appearances. This is probably down to getting to know his team mates styles and realising nobody else is giving the ball away cheaply.

“It was something I realised each time I changed clubs, everyone seems to take a while to get to know how you like the ball delivered, how to move into the right spaces when you have the ball and how much to trust your particular level of skill and awareness.

“Certainly at Palace it was a big step forward in Loic’s integration. I suspect he could well continue to improve even further now that he has his boots under the proverbial table.”

Remy’s performance bodes well for Chelsea with the absence of Costa, with many believing that the Blues would struggle without the presence of the Premier League top scorer leading their lines. If he can add to his performance with a goal against Maribor, he will well and truly have started his Stamford Bridge career.

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