English Premier League (EPL) club Chelsea striker Loic Remy has completed a loan move to Crystal Palace on Tuesday. With this move, the Frenchman has ended his two-year relationship with the Blues on a temporary basis.
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“I spoke to the manager and he really wants us to be competitive and score goals. It was really important to know the manager and it was a good decision for me, and I’m very happy to be here.” Remy told Jonathan Rogers of Crystal Palace’s official website.
Chelsea signed Remy in 2014 after the striker impressed for Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United. The Blues wanted the 29-year-old to become the primary backup to first-team striker Diego Costa.
Remy made an instant impact since his arrival as the striker scored seven Premier League goals in just six appearances, according to Squawka. However, then manager Jose Mourinho gave the player very few chances to prove his credibility as the main striker for the club. This continued even in the 2015/16 campaign, when Costa was struggling to find form early in the season.
Current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also doesn’t rate the striker highly. This was highlighted when the Italian chose to bring in Michy Batshuayi in the summer transfer window, who has impressed early in his Blues career. This pushed Remy further down the pecking order.
Palace has had a poor start to their Premier League campaign with no wins from their first three matches. The additions of Remy and Christian Benteke will surely spice things up in attack for the club.
Chelsea could have cashed in on Remy now when there was a chance. However, the Blues decided to keep faith in the player’s talent for the future given that Costa has struggled with injuries and form recently.
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