According to the Independent, Premier League leaders Leicester City have had a bid of around £11.5million accepted for Chelsea striker Loic Remy, who has struggled for first team football at Stamford Bridge.
The French striker is widely expected to leave the reigning Premier League champions before the winter transfer window shuts on Monday night.
Struggled for first team football
Loic Remy was always going to struggle for first team football at Chelsea.
The Frenchman would have known that Diego Costa was the undisputed first choice striker at the Blues when he arrived in the summer of 2014 from QPR.
Costa arrived at Stamford Bridge on the back of helping Atletico Madrid over-throw Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid in La Liga. He was one of the most in-demand strikers in the European game.
Remy never stood a chance of competing with the Spanish international, but he has enjoyed a decent career at the Bridge anyway, scoring eight Premier League goals in 28 appearances, with many of those appearances coming from the substitute’s bench.
A good player
I am a big fan of Loic Remy and was long before he moved to England in 2013 to play for QPR. He always struck me as the kind of player who was nearly good enough for the top level, but never quite gained had the consistency of performance to be an elite player.
Remy is a very good player and relatively consistent compared to some of his contemporaries in the English top-flight. He is good enough to be a star a mid-level club. The striker is just not good enough to play for a team with ambitions of challenging for the big trophies.
I can hear the Leicester fans shouting at their computers right now saying ‘We are top of the Premier League, we are challenging for the big trophies’.
The Foxes may or may not stay where they are, but I am sure most fans of the club would not be naïve enough to claim that their club are one of the biggest in the league, despite their title challenge this season.
Remy is the sort of player that will not look out of place if the Foxes continue to challenge in the top four, or even if they dropped into midtable next season with the likely demands of European action.
A very good addition
The 29-year-old is definitely a player that can aid the Foxes title chances this season, with the side from the Midlands currently odds of 8/1 to be crowned champions in May.
England international Jamie Vardy is currently the top scorer in the Premier League with 16 goals this season. He recently ended a slight goal draught with a goal in the Foxes 3-0 win over Stoke last time out in the top-flight.
The 29-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable campaign and his meteoric rise has been well-documented. There is even a Hollywood movie about Vardy’s rise is the offing, but as Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri will be well aware the former-Halifax Town striker is in need of help.
His fellow strikers Leonardo Ulloa and Shinji Okazaki at Leicester are decent players and give the striker a good level of support. However, I would argue that Remy is maybe a cut-above the pair in terms of being clinical and in terms of sheer quality.
Ranieri’s men would definitely be a better team with Remy in their forward line, than without him that is for sure. Remy has played for much of his recent career as a lone striker, so the prospect of having a strike-partner may be appealing to the Frenchman.
I am sure Vardy would appreciate a strike-partner of the quality of Remy alongside him as well. The thought of a Vardy-Remy strike-partnership must be a mouth-watering one for Foxes fans.
There are reports that Newcastle may be rivalling Ranieri’s men for Loic Remy’s signature in January, as he previously enjoyed a successful loan spell on Tyneside.
However, for me Loic Remy and Leicester are perfect for each other, as the Foxes look to continue their surprise title challenge and the striker seeks regular first team football in the Premier League. They are a marriage made in heaven and hopefully for Leicester they can seal a deal for the striker.
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