Chelsea's late move to bring French forward Loic Remy to Stamford Bridge could prove an inspired one from Jose Mourinho.
With a matter of days left of the transfer window, it appeared that the Blues would play out this season with a front three of Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres. However, as Torres departed for Italian outfit AC Milan, the Blues quickly secured the signature of Remy from QPR.
In truth, the deal is seemingly perfect: Remy wanted his big move and Chelsea were in need of another option in attack. But, there's no doubt about it, Remy's more than just an option for Mourinho. An established international player for France - as proven by his match-winning goal against Spain - the 27-year-old deserves his chance at the big time. And he will be determined to take it.
Last season, his 14 goals for Newcastle United may well have kept Alan Pardew in his job at St James' Park. He was fantastic at times for the Magpies - even scoring against Mourinho's side back in November of last year.
Then comes the remarkable price that Chelsea paid for the top forward entering the prime of his career. It's almost laughable when you compare the Remy deal with the fee Fulham paid Leeds for Ross McCormack. At just £10.5 million, the Blues spent less money than Championship outfit Fulham, and have a younger and far better striker.
Remy will surely be motivated to succeed at Stamford Bridge: this is his chance at a big club. In the likes of Lyon, Lens, Nice and Marseille, Remy's played at some of the top clubs in France, but this really is his chance at the big time.
And, in fact, it's now or never for the Frenchman; that's why he can't afford to fail. Let's be honest, though, Remy isn't world-class. He's not quite in the same bracket as Robin van Persie, Luis Suarez or his new teammate Diego Costa, but he is a goalscorer and more than capable of holding his own on the elite stage.
As he moved to the Bridge, he said: "I feel very happy and very proud. When I heard Chelsea wanted to sign me I said 'let's go'."
"They are one of the best clubs in the world.
"I remember the amazing atmosphere at Stamford Bridge when I played there for Marseille and I can't wait to play for the first time in front of my new fans."
He certainly seems up for the challenge.
The striker should be even more driven, following his medical failure at Liverpool earlier this summer. He looked set to join Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, but the move fell through and it looked increasingly likely that he was set for another season out of Europe.
It won't be easy for him to become a star at Stamford Bridge, though. It will be hard enough just to get game time with Diego Costa in front of him in the pecking order. There's no doubt about it, Remy could be in the form of his life and would probably still lose his place in the side to Chelsea's big money summer signing.
But Remy will be handed opportunities; expect him to feature more regularly than veteran Didier Drogba this season. Mourinho's side are fighting on four fronts once again this term, and the Portuguese tactician will be determined to make a go of it in every competition after last season's trophy failure.
Last season, Mourinho had a very good side at his disposal, but his team didn't quite have enough fire power. It wasn't necessarily a disastrous season at the Bridge, but a third placed Premier League finish and a Champions League semi-final proved the club were missing something.
And, this past summer Mourinho changed that: in a matter of months, Chelsea have gone from Demba Ba, Samuel Eto'o and Fernando Torres to Diego Costa, Didier Drogba and Loic Remy.
Remy, then, may ultimately prove the missing piece of the jigsaw in Mourinho's squad. Remy, Costa and Drogba are all powerful, strong strikers who know exactly where the net is. The fire power has returned.
Chelsea's front three now look as formidable as the rest of the team. Behind the strikers, the Blues possess talents such as Oscar, Eden Hazard, Willian and Co., whilst Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic are arguably the best midfield partnership in the Premier League - and they've only just started playing with each other.
With John Terry marshalling a back-line that has fellow stalwarts Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and Co in it, the Blues will be solid once again. And, there's not many clubs in world football who can boast about having one of the best goalkeepers in the game - Chelsea have two of them.
Mourinho has well and truly put this Chelsea team together; he clearly doesn't want a repeat of the 2013/14 season.
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