Since agreeing to join Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea in the final few days of the summer transfer window, Loic Remy hasn’t enjoyed the best of times. Now, partway through his rehabilitation from a relatively serious injury, Alan Pardew has given the press an update on the Frenchman.
With the Palace gaffer breaking the news of Jonathan Benteke’s four month lay off during Thursday’s press conference, the Eagles are left with just three fit full-time strikers in the shape of Connor Wickham, Fraizer Campbell and Benteke senior, making the return to fitness of Remy all the more important for our long-term chances of success.
After a remarkably patchy year or so on Chelsea’s books, the former Newcastle man was clearly desperate to get away from Stamford Bridge and blow some of the figurative cobwebs away, looking upon a renunion with his former boss on Tyneside as the perfect opportunity for him to recapture the form which saw the Blues move for him in the first place a few years ago. Sadly for both him and us, things haven’t gone anywhere close to the original plan since the deal was signed off.
Few if any would argue with the assumption that Remy could and probably will be a huge asset for Palace between now and the end of the season but as things stand, without him fit and firing, there remains a genuine sense of frustration at not being able to utilise his obvious talents in a system which should, on paper at least, suit his game extremely well.
Pardew’s words attached above do at least offer us all a light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s hope his recovery continues at a pace that sees him making his bow in red and blue at an earlier date than first expected.