Why Loic Remy can fill the boots of Diego Costa for Chelsea

The Frenchman scored the winner for Chelsea against Stoke City after Diego Costa had gone off with a hamstring injury.

Chelsea moved seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Stoke at Stamford Bridge.

Loic Remy, who was chosen to start ahead of the doubtful Diego Costa, scored the winner after brilliant work from man of the match Eden Hazard.

After Charlie Adam’s wonder strike from his own half had seen Jose Mourinho forced into risking Costa from the bench at half time, the Spaniard went off injured with a suspected hamstring injury.

Although the Blues will undoubtedly struggle without their top scorer this season, Remy is more than capable of leading the line and stepping up to the plate.

Last season, Chelsea struggled up front with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o never quite doing enough to nail down a regular starting berth in the side.

But the difference between Chelsea this year from last season is that they have the striking options to cope with an injury to Costa. Remy may not have played as much as he will have wanted to this season but he is a top class striker in his own right.

Despite making 16 league appearances in total, the Frenchman has made just four starts, managing five goals in total.

When Remy has featured, he always seems to pop up with a goal. He is a striker with a terrific turn of speed and great instincts around the box, meaning he is a more than adequate back-up and there is one particular goal-scoring statistic that proves it.

Remy has scored at a rate of almost a goal every game this season. His five league goals come every 91.8 minutes he features in for Chelsea. Not a bad replacement.

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