Chelsea should let Loic Remy leave this transfer window given the lack of game time the Frenchman has been afforded during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Remy snubbed Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool in favour of a move to the Blues in the summer of 2014, but has found starting opportunities limited under both Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink during his time in the capital.
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Having narrowly lost out on the Premier League title to Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City, Mourinho moved for Remy who had failed a medical at Liverpool just days previously.
The Frenchman was not the only striker to arrive that summer, with the club also tying up deals for Diego Costa and Didier Drogba in a bid to win the title for the first time since 2010.
They did dethrone City at the summit of English football in swashbuckling fashion last term, but it was largely down to the performances of Eden Hazard and Costa with Remy often left watching from the sidelines.
It has been a familiar tale this season, and despite Costa and Radamel Falcao failing to fire it has not led to Remy featuring any more frequently under both Mourinho and Hiddink.
If Chelsea do let him leave, then the 29-year-old will not be short of options with clubs around the world queueing up to release him from his hellish spell at Stamford Bridge.
Villa bolstered their chances of staying in the top flight with a crucial victory over Alan Pardew’s high-flying Crystal Palace, but whether or not Remy would want to be sucked into another relegation battle remains to be seen.
Turkey has proven a safe haven for those desperate to leave the country – Manchester United sold Nani and Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce in the summer – yet Remy is an ambitious individual and may wish to remain in England.
Hiddink has moved to clarify that the striker will remain at the club, but with the transfer window due to close later this month he could be forced to reject plenty of bids for the striker.
It would be the wrong thing to do given Remy has often been a bit-part player for the Blues, and his patience should be rewarded if he makes it clear that he wants a new challenge somewhere else.
Chelsea’s options in the striking department are thin with just Costa and Falcao to call upon, with the latter’s future at the Bridge also uncertain given his poor form in front of goal.
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