Loic Remy: Can he fill Costa’s boots?
Chelsea sealed a thrilling 3-2 away win against Hull City last weekend, courtesy of one man, Loic Remy. The Frenchman grabbed a late winner with his first touch after coming on as a substitute, hence acquiring a tag of a hero.
But is he getting enough game time considering his potential and talent? The answer is pretty much known to everyone including Jose Mourinho. He has played second fiddle to Costa and even as the third choice striker behind Drogba in a few games for the better part of this season. The former Marseille man has started just 3 games in the Premier League and came on as a substitute 12 times for Chelsea, netting 4 goals in the process.
The most important thing for a club to be successful is the manager’s strategy and same goes for Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese believes that he owed the striker:
“Probably he deserves more than what I give him. Sometimes, not many times, a coach can feel he owes something to a player. With Remy that is the case, I think I owe him something. Every time he plays he gives us a lot. I’m so happy for him because he deserves it. He never complains.”
Now let us get straight to the Frenchman’s point of view:
“The most important thing is that I helped the team as much as possible. I’m just working hard like I showed people before. And I never give up. I know that Diego is the number one. The manager needs me; I give my best for him. That’s simple.”
But it does not mean the striker is not frustrated warming the bench.
“It is frustrating sitting on the bench, but the manager knows all the team, and he has very good quality in the squad.”
What went wrong for Remy?
Remy signed for Chelsea from QPR as Mourinho wanted another striker as a backup for the then newly recruited first choice striker Diego Costa. Considering the price and experience, Remy fits the bill perfectly. And with the thrilling start of the Brazil-born striker to life in the Premier League, the Frenchman went further down the pecking order.
Will the situation change?
Mourinho is known to play with a consistent line-up throughout a particular season and clearly relies more on Costa. But now, since Costa is an injury concern, someone has to step up and try to fill his shoes. Last time, in the absence of Costa, it was Drogba who got the nod ahead of Remy. But in a deja-vu situation such as this, the scenario may change considering his form and praise the striker is getting.
At the moment, the Frenchman is in red-hot form and is very eager to start a game and contribute significantly to the team. Will he get the nod in absence of Diego Costa or will Drogba remain the favorite to replace the Spaniard? Only time will tell.
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Edited By: Vikram Vadiganeni