According to reports in France, Crystal Palace have agreed a deal for Chelsea striker Loic Remy, adding further firepower to a forward line which had been boosted by the arrival of Christian Benteke last weekend.
Following a six-week saga unfolding over Benteke’s transfer from Liverpool, fans have been keen to find out who Alan Pardew’s second striking target is, given the multitude of names that were being continuously circulated in the press. It’s always difficult to know how much truth there is behind any transfer rumour but for a number of reasons, the speculation linking us with a move for Remy always made a great deal of sense.
Whilst he has struggled massively for game time over the last 18 months or so, few would argue at Chelsea, QPR or Newcastle (where he made his name on these shores under Pardew’s guidance) that he is capable of scoring goals on a regular basis when given a decent level of service.
Still only 29, Remy has seen his career wander into relative obscurity since making the move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2014. Despite proving himself to be a more than capable goalscorer, he has made a measly 47 appearances for the West London outfit; a large number of which have come from the substitutes bench.
Whilst no one should be criticised for harbouring doubts over his match sharpness after so long out of the Premier League’s dazzling glare, a career total of 103 goals in 286 competitive games should more than highlight the man’s obvious knack for finding the back of the net when given a proper platform upon which to perform; something that Alan Pardew, having seen first hand what he is capable of during their time together on Tyneside, should do from the off.
Following the sale of Dwight Gayle and the summer release of Emmanuel Adebayor, Palace were in desperate need of a strengthened attacking line, but in Christian Benteke and Loic Remy, we will have undoubtedly upgraded the attacking tools that were available to us in May.