Chelsea forward Loic Remy is reportedly considering his options at Stamford Bridge amidst flying speculations and rumors that Monaco talisman, Radamel Falcao arrival is near and a deal could be completed in the coming days. However, Chelsea are said to be readying a replacement for him as per Antoine Griezmann who has been linked to the club in recent times.
The wheels that will decide how his Chelsea career will be defined are already in motion. Will he be a one-season man, or will the Frenchman remain at Chelsea and succeed. Chelsea are the Premier League champions, yet Jose Mourinho has bigger plans than simply overseeing a successful defence of their title next season.
The FA Cup and Champions League are missing from the trophy cabinet, and if we’re to see progress at Stamford Bridge, delivering those trophies—particularly the latter—will be paramount. It’s why Chelsea haven’t been too far from the transfer rumours doing the rounds.
The Blues may not be making big signings in terms of numbers, yet the names they bring in will make up for that. As ever, they’re going to be big players. And that isn’t good news for Remy, especially with Mourinho seemingly so eager to bring Radamel Falcao to west London. Chelsea were strongly linked with the Colombian before he opted to join Monaco from Atletico Madrid in 2013.
Now those headlines are being repeated, with the Chelsea manager seemingly only too eager to fan the flames. Like Falcao, the Frenchman had his own fitness struggles last season. Just as it seemed he was ready to lead the attack in Diego Costa’s absence, groin and calf injuries curtailed his progress.
When Mourinho needed Remy most, he wasn’t there for him. While he was crocked, a veteran had to lead the line, which meant Chelsea stumbled their way to the title despite that eight-point cushion they finished up with over Manchester City in second.
Remy did bag important goals against Hull City and Stoke City, although he wasn’t reliable enough for Mourinho to put considerable faith in him for next season. His fitness was his biggest fault, and as such, it doesn’t allow Mourinho to sit comfortably. Given Costa’s hamstring troubles, the Chelsea manager can’t afford to go through another campaign with two strikers constantly being nursed.
If this team is to achieve anything beyond their 2014/15 success, that’s top of the list of priorities. Fit strikers change the entire complexion of a squad. They give the team a focal point for one and bring an element of consistency and understanding.