For Chelsea, last season was a disaster. From Premier League champions one year to tenth place the season after, the Blues produced undoubtedly the league’s worst title defence.
However where things were bad for Chelsea, they were even worse for striker Loic Remy. The Frenchman scored just one league goal all season, and finished the campaign as the club’s fourth choice centre forward.
Remy was only ever supposed to be a squad player at Stamford Bridge. The 29-year-old was bought in by Jose Mourinho on a cut-price deal from QPR as a backup to Diego Costa as a result of the Spaniard’s recurring hamstring injury
It has in fact been Remy who has suffered the most with injuries over the past couple of years, and has made just 32 appearances in the Premier League for the Blues, and only nine of them have come from the start.
There were times last season when it seemed that Remy was looking for a way out of the club. Even when Chelsea were struggling for form and Diego Costa was struggling for goals, Remy was left on the bench.
It is obvious that Remy wants to play regular football, and it looks incredibly unlikely that he will get that at Chelsea this season. Antonio Conte has already signed Michy Batshuayi and stated that Diego Costa will remain at the club next season, while there are still rumours that he is looking to tempt Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge.
This would mean that he would be at best fourth choice striker, and even then he may be shunted in favour of young attacker Bertrand Traore. Remy will also want to earn a place in the French national team, and this is not something that will happen if he stays at Chelsea.
The fact that Andre-Pierre Gignac was France’s second choice striker at Euro 2016, despite playing his football in Mexico, shows just how far Remy is down the pecking order, and for a striker of his quality, this just isn’t good enough.
There would be no shortage of teams competing for Remy’s signature, given that he has proven his ability in front of goal in both the Premier League and Ligue 1. Chelsea would most likely not be expecting a massive fee for the Frenchman, mainly because he is not an important member of the squad.
What is clear is that Remy has to leave Chelsea if he is to receive regular first team football, something a man of his age and quality should be doing.