Loic Remy: The French Striker Could Be the Biggest Bust in the Transfer Market
Loic Remy has been one of the most hyped French players on the transfer market over the previous two years.
After two years of speculation, it appears the Frenchman will join Queens Park Rangers to the tune of a £10 million transfer fee according to ESPN in what will be one of the most publicized transfers of the winter.
Much hype will surround Remy's move to London, where he will try to sway QPR away from relegation for a second straight season.
Remy will be expected to replicate the form of fellow Frenchman Dijibril Cisse, whose six goals in eight appearances after arriving last winter allowed QPR to remain in the top flight.
This notion exists because Remy has been considered to be one of the top strikers in France.
Over the previous four seasons, he has finished among the top 11 goalscorers in Ligue 1. Last season, the striker accumulated 20 goals in all competitions, his highest total attained over his short career.
It appears QPR could escape the drop zone with the addition of Remy. The club has scored just 17 goals this season, tied with Aston Villa for the fewest in the league.
Regrettably for QPR, Remy's stats and perception of being a great goalscorer are deceiving.
This starts with his goal total. Last year, Remy scored four goals of his 12 league goals against relegated sides: Dijon (twice), and one apiece against Auxerre and Caen.
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In the French League Cup, he scored three goals against lower division sides like US Querilly and Le Havre.
He did have two Champions League goals, but they were against a Borussia Dortmund side, which at the time was not ready for the task of playing in the competition.
Over previous years, Remy also had an inability to score against clubs who were challenging to win Ligue 1 alongside Marseille . During the 2009-10 campaign, he scored nine of his 14 goals against sides in the bottom half of the table.
In 2010-11, Remy scored 15 goals, a personal best in league play. However, nine of those goals came against sides which were in the bottom half of the table. Of those nine goals, three were scored against sides which were relegated at the end of the season.
Other than his inability to score against some of the league's weakest sides, another concern surrounding Remy has been how he has been used sparingly after overcoming a groin injury from the previous summer.
Remy has not started at striker due to the strong form of André-Pierre Gignac, who has the most league goals of any player on Marseille with six.
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This lack of playing time Remy has participated in is alarming for any club who would acquire his services, let alone a QPR side which is averaging 0.72 goals per match.
Although he has talent and is eager to return to the pitch, his stamina will be concerning considering he has only played 90 minutes in four matches this season. All four of these fixtures were in cup competitions.
When Remy joins QPR, he will immediately take a starting role for the club.
Due to his lack of match fitness and his inability to score against sides on the top half of the table, it will be difficult to see Remy play at the level which he is anticipated to perform at.
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Furthermore, Remy will have to adapt to playing in a foreign league for the first time in his career.
Although players have adapted well between both the English and French top divisions before, Remy will be in a difficult situation considering he needs to perform well almost immediately after barely starting during the first half of the season.
It is feasible Remy will perform well at QPR considering his talent and starting a situation which should allow him to thrive.
Unfortunately, it appears more likely Remy is poised to become a transfer bust due to his fitness level, along with an inability to produce against some of the world's best clubs in league play.
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