In amongst a campaign of toxic turmoil at Chelsea, Jose Mourinho is neglecting perhaps his most lethal striker. The Portuguese’s blind persistence with Diego Costa up front is only aiding the Blues’ downward spiral in the Premier League.
With only one league start this season, Loic Remy is seemingly being ignored despite the Stamford Bridge side's struggles.
One of the biggest contributors to Mourinho’s men dwelling in 16th place lies with the manager’s stubbornness. Costa has proven nothing but a goal-shy bull in a china shop, yet Mourinho persists to select him.
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Even when the Spaniard was suspended for the infamous ‘Gabriel incident’, Radamel Falcao proved the next port of call. The calamitous Colombian has been a disaster in English football, yet is still seemingly preferred to Remy.
Mourinho seems oblivious that his third-choice striker, on recent form, is perhaps the most potent offensive weapon he has.
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In amongst the celebrations of the 2014/15 Premier League title, Remy’s role during the run-in was particularly understated.
From March onwards, the Frenchman bagged four league goals. This may not sound a staggering amount but amongst the strikes were winners against Stoke City, Sunderland and Hull City.
Moreover, his vital goal in a home tie with Manchester City ensured the Citizens' morale was blunted to an extent that their title challenge never really materialized.
Last season, when the chips were down, Remy was the man to perform and he proved a consistent match winner. In the same final ten games, in which Remy scored four, Costa only found the net thrice and one was a spot kick.
Going into this campaign, Remy must have hoped that his superb performances in the twilight months of the previous term would earn him a place in the team. Understandably, however, Mourinho bestowed his faith in world-renowned forward Costa.
Three months into the season though and the Spaniard is flagging, and with only two league goals he has cut a frustrated figure. His flimsy goal record is all the more incredible considering the baffling faith in which Mourinho has shown him.
Elsewhere, Remy is consistently left angered on the Chelsea bench, watching as Costa battles his growingly cringe-worthy wars up front.
Admittedly, the 28-year-old has no Premier League goals this season himself, but this is a largely redundant statistic when you consider Mourinho has only handed him a single start.
Furthermore, the Frenchman's performances in the League Cup have been crying out for him to be selected in the team. He proved Chelsea’s only shining light in their debacle against Stoke - after all, his last minute goal kept their hopes flickering.
As the game trundled onto penalties, Remy once again proved his potency under pressure with a merciless spot kick. Eden Hazard’s miss saw League Cup elimination, however, with Remy’s only medium of game time seemingly severed.
If Chelsea are to bail themselves out of the wreckage of this season, Mourinho needs to make changes.
Costa’s absent performance against England further reiterated his decline this season. The Portuguese manager must surely be coming to the conclusion that the Spaniard is no longer the answer in Chelsea’s attack.
With Falcao emaciated of any slither of confidence, Remy may prove the answer to Chelsea’s problems. At the very least it will provide the Blues’ attack with a greater injection of pace and the goals required to return Stamford Bridge to the fortress it once was.
Comparatively, if Mourinho continues to be stubborn with his team selection, then Remy may flee the sinking ship in January. After all, such a lethal striker deserves more game time at the highest level than what is being drip-fed to him at Chelsea.
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