The last instalment of news.bwin.com/en/’s “Premier League top-goalscorer candidates assessed sets its sights on Loftus Road to evaluate the hopes of Queens Park Rangers forward Loic Remy.
On the eve of the new season, the French international is the 20/1 joint-eighth favourite alongside Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud and Romelu Lukaku of Everton to finish top of the goalscoring pile.
Take a look at how he rates in the four key striking assets:
Premier League Pedigree
There can be no doubting Remy’s ability to consistently find the net at the top level in England, where his record since singing for the R’s in January 2013 is exactly a goal every other game.
Remy scored six goals in 14 games during QPR’s doomed fight against relegation in 2012/13 before plundering 14 goals in 26 appearances in a wildly inconsistent Newcastle Unites side last term.
As it stands, Remy will have no competition for a starting berth in west London. The former Marseille man will begin the season as QPR’s undisputed number one striker, guaranteeing him to spearhead the attack week-in, week-out, fitness permitting.
The possibility of Remy moving on before now and the closing of the transfer window in September cannot be ruled out, however. A transfer to Liverpool may have broken down due to a failed medical, but rumours of a move persist even if manager Harry Redknapp insists “I’m not trying to sell him because we don’t want to sell him.”
Queens Park Rangers scored just 60 goals in the Championship last term as they stumbled into the Premier League via a lucky play-off final win – to put that into context, that haul was 24 fewer than top scorers Derby County and inferior to bottom half Watford and Sheffield Wednesday.
With the only attacking addition to Redknapp’s squad so far this summer being Cardiff’s Jordon Mutch, it is hard to see where creativity will come from unless some more flair can be acquired before 2nd September.
Unfortunately, Remy is no stranger to the treatment table. Since the start of the 2012/13 season, the ex-Nice hitman has been out injured seven times with an array of niggling muscle injuries.
Consider his failed medical and there has to be serious doubts about Remy going the season without a spell on the sidelines, making him a poor bet given the stiff competition at the top of the market.