Loïc Rémy and Kurt Zouma are beginning to look like solid components to a strong Chelsea side. Jose Mourinho has recently heaped praise on the latter, while Rémy's contributions up front have proved valuable in the absence of Diego Costa.
Before the 2014/2015 season, Loïc Rémy showed his quality in English football for the likes of Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers.
His contributions to both of these clubs were immense, although he was unable to prevent QPR's fall into the Championship.
His contributions up front have been valuable, and he's shown that he is capable of banging in the spectacular goal from time to time, such as his goal versus Wigan while playing for QPR (click to view here).
For Chelsea this season, Rémy has contributed five goals and two assists. Although this number seems minimal for a forward, the timing of Rémy's goals have come at crucial moments, such as versus defending champions Manchester City.
He's shown that he can lead the line for a world-class club like Chelsea in the absence of Costa. In fact, Rémy has proven to be a better alternative than Drogba, who looked out of sorts in Chelsea's recent match with Aston Villa.
Rémy is a more effective option than the ageing Drogba, and he's made a significant impact for a squad player in his first season with the Blues.
With Gary Cahill in steady decline and John Terry ageing, Mourinho has had to rotate his back line for recent fixtures. The only natural replacement for these two centre-backs is Kurt Zouma or, the much less experienced, Nathan Ake.
While Ake shows promise, Zouma has put in solid shifts for the Blues on numerous occasions. His performances in games versus Manchester City and Liverpool show that the young Frenchman is more than capable of becoming a starter for the Blues.
Zouma has seized his opportunity
Mourinho has even put Zouma on the same level as Raphaël Varane saying: "I think the French federation should write a letter to thank me for the two best young defenders in the world".
Zouma has steadied a Chelsea back line that's begun to show signs of wear, and his impressive displays should be enough to prove that he is better than the declining Gary Cahill.
Mourinho's Frenchman have proven to be shrewd signings. With Rémy banging the goals in up front and Zouma steadying the weakened back line, the French pair undoubtedly deserve to start for the Blues, who seek to expand their seven-point lead at the top of the Premier League, after Manchester City's shock 1-1 draw against Hull City.