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Chelsea should have let Loic Remy leave in January

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To call it a disappointment might be putting it a bit lightly but Loic Remy has every right to be just a little disgruntled with his current role within the Chelsea first team.

After reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Leicester City until the very last moment of the January transfer window, it seemed for all of the world that the 29-year-old would get his wish to seek more time on the pitch ahead of Euro 2016 being held in his home nation.

It seemed even more likely when the Blues completed a loan deal for former AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato, especially with Radamel Falcao also remaining at the club but alas, the Frenchman's move away never materialised.

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Persistent calf issues have stuttered his season, limiting his chances when Diego Costa has been absent but since the window has closed, Remy has made just one appearance. That was from off the bench against Stoke City, replacing the player who started in his stead, Bertrand Traore.

The youngster has been impressive in his few appearances and manager Guus Hiddink even admitted last month that he was at the front of the queue behind Costa. A damaging blow to Remy - who according to ESPN - was praised by the Dutchman for his work ethic in training, but it has not been enough for him to force his way into his immediate plans.

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That's not to say that it's the wrong call by Hiddink to use Traore over the former Newcastle United man. Having a young player coming through the ranks is always exciting and using that playing time will allow him to grow into a potential starter for Chelsea, whether that be up front or out on the wings.

As for Remy, he needs to take as much as he can from the small opportunities shown to him. If he could grab a couple of goals to convince others that he still has something to bring to the table, then more opportunities for a move elsewhere might present themselves once the season is over.

For a man who utilises his pace entering his thirties, the summer will be a pivotal time for Remy. There clearly is not a future at Stamford Bridge and hopefully, the club will take a cut-price deal so he can restart his career.

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Diego Costa
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