Loic Remy has scored the winning goal in both of Chelsea’s last two Premier League games - proving just how valuable he is to Jose Mourinho in the absence of Diego Costa.
On Sunday, Remy will face his former club Queens Park Rangers, whose ex-manager Harry Redknapp has admitted he was surprised to see the 28-year-old join Chelsea instead of Arsenal.
The Frenchman has had to contend with a role as understudy to Costa for much of the season but has ceased on his opportunity, with the Spaniard nursing a hamstring problem.
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Prefer a move to Arsenal
Redknapp believed that Remy would likely prefer a move to Arsenal as opportunities to play week in, week out at Stamford Bridge would be limited.
“I got a phone call on the Saturday before the transfer window shut saying that he had done a deal with Chelsea,” Redknapp said, as reported by The Telegraph.
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“Arsenal were in for him as well, we had Arsenal and Chelsea trying to sign him and he chose Chelsea.
“I was surprised he went to Chelsea, I thought he’d go to Arsenal. I could see Arsenal, but I couldn’t really see Chelsea because I thought ‘he’s not going to play there’.
“It’s a waste really, it’s a bit of a waste of a real Premier League goalscorer. I don’t know what persuaded him to be number two at Chelsea. I thought Arsenal, where he would have played more, would be his move at the time.”
Remy has scored five goals in 456 minutes of Premier League football for Chelsea this season and has a better shot conversion rate than Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.
One of the best strikers in the League
Redknapp, who tried on numerous occasions to sign Remy during his spell in charge of Tottenham, believes with a run of games the Frenchman could become one of the best strikers in the league.
“Like all strikers, he needs a run, he needs to play regularly. If he did that, he would score a lot of goals.”
“Costa’s a hard act to follow, but Remy’s movement is good. Fabregas can put balls through for him, Oscar, Willian, Hazard, he’s got quality to slide him in. He makes good runs, he’s quick, he’s on the shoulder and he can score.”
With Costa side-lined with injury, Remy is likely to enjoy an extended run in the Chelsea starting line-up and could prove pivotal with Mourinho’s men closing in on a first Premier League title for five seasons.
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