Signed as back-up to Costa, many suspected the French international would be second choice, striker with the ageing Didier Drogba providing further back-up in the case of injuries to the duo.
When both forwards were out of action, Drogba stepped in an put in a number of top class performances, scoring in the Champions League, Premier League and League Cup in consecutive games, before dropping back to the bench with Costa’s return.
The Spaniard was once again out of action on Wednesday evening, having picked up a fifth yellow card of the season that prevented him from featuring against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge. With Remy back from injury, it was believed that he would take Costa’s place in the starting XI, and it was a surprise to see 36-year-old Drogba lead the line.
The Blues legend excelled, assisting Eden Hazard’s opening goal and netting the second to take the game beyond Spurs’s reach, before being withdrawn with just over 20 minutes remaining. Remy entered the field of play in his place, and subsequently overcame the rejection of missing out on starting the game by scoring the third of the night.
Chelsea have proven themselves to be one of the few teams in the division to not be reliant upon one player, and, although Costa’s absence is a big loss, there is an impressive confidence around the squad believing that whoever replaces him will continue to score.
Remy himself has been impressed by Costa, but he told the Standard that Chelsea’s strength in depth is the reason they are different from every other side they will face this season.
“We know the quality of Diego - he can score and is a really good striker,” the 27-year-old forward said. “We like the way he's playing.
“But this was a real opportunity for Didier and for me, to show we can win without Diego.
“We need everybody. The squad is really strong and that makes the difference between us and the other teams.”
With Costa back from suspension at the weekend, he is likely to start when Chelsea travel to Newcastle at the weekend.