Chelsea have declared their intention to keep ancillary striker Loic Remy tied down to his contract and spot on the substitute’s bench for at least another season.
The Blues’ back up frontman is set to be nudged even further down the pecking order by the pending arrival of Radamel Falcao but, despite West Ham, Swansea and Crystal Palace all allegedly willing to pay serious money in order to sign him, Jose Mourinho does not want to relinquish the Frenchman.
So as Remy contemplates just how foolish he was agreeing to join the Stamford Bridge outfit in the first place, the news.bwin.com team are taking the time to commend Chelsea on what could be their shrewdest transfer move of the summer.
Signed from QPR for £10.5m, the interested parties are thought to be offering the champions a healthy profit, believed to be close to £5m, on their investment, but his goals are of greater worth.
The emergency circumstances which’s Remy’s signing was designed to combat proved plentiful last time around thanks to the injury-sustaining and mischief-making of line-leader-in-chief Diego Costa.
In the regular occurrence the Spanish international was unavailable, the former Marseille man wasn’t guaranteed a start, however, with fellow former Velodrome favourite Didier Drogba being selected for a disproportionate number of starts given his veteran status and decline in ability.
Yet, despite this apparent lack of faith from the top, when Remy was pitched into action he frequently did the business.
The opener in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City and points-snaring strike in a 3-2 triumph at Hull were among the crucial goals he registered on his way to recording a tally of nine goals in just ten starts across all competitions.
Opportunities are sure to be as scarce, if not more so, next time around, what with the imminent arrival of Falcao in addition to the emergence of young forwards Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke, yet Remy proved last term he can be depended upon to deliver despite such frustrations, which can’t be said of many of his brothers in the fraternity of frontmen.