Loic Remy Should Be Transfer Target for Top Six Premier League Clubs

Karl Matchett@@karlmatchettFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2014

Newcastle United's Loic Remy celebrates his goal against  West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer match at Upton Park, London, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Look around the Premier League's top scorers list for this season and a familiar pattern emerges: The top seven almost all play for the top four clubs in the division—with the exception of Newcastle United's Loic Remy.

With 13 league goals to his name this term, only Sergio Aguero, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have netted more, lending weight to the French striker's claims, as per sportinglife.com, that he could go on to play for one of the top clubs in Europe.

Remy could well be thinking about a big Bundesliga or La Liga club, but he has fared so well in the Premier League that it seems likely he'd consider staying longer in England. Some of the top sides in the country should certainly be looking at him as an option for the summer.


"Proven Premier League Goalscorer"

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It's sometimes levelled as an accusation at imported forwards that they're not "proven" in the Premier League, especially when coming from leagues such as the Dutch Eredivisie or France's Ligue 1.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09:  Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers scores their first goal past Simon Mignolet of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 9, 2013 in London, England.
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Since joining Queens Park Rangers last winter, Remy has netted 19 league goals in just 37 matches with six of those coming too late to save QPR before their relegation—hence the loan move to Newcastle United this season.

He has no definite move on a permanent basis in place come the end of this term, and while the Magpies will obviously want to keep him, his prowess in front of goal for sides further down the table will inevitably mean interest from higher up in the league.

At 27 years of age, Remy is just hitting his prime and certainly has the capacity to step up a level further yet.


Cost-Potential Balance

Especially where strikers are concerned, clubs want an array of options but also as close to a guarantee of success as they can manage.

Remy might go for a higher price than the £9 million QPR paid to Marseille for him 14 months ago, but his goal return indicates it would be money well spent. Indeed, he comes off extremely well when compared to strikers playing for teams in the top six of the Premier League.


A direct, pacy forward with a good range of finishes to his game, Remy could conceivably be used as an alternative type of striker for the likes of Chelsea or Arsenal, say, playing off the shoulder and looking to run in behind defenders more than their current options tend to.

Of course, either of those sides might also go and spend £20 million-plus on a massive name this summer—but the numbers above indicate Remy would still be a good option as a second-choice forward ahead of the current incumbents.

Whether he would want a squad player role is another matter.


Clubs in Need of Forwards

That last point is key. Would Remy be a 30-game-a-season starter for a Champions League club? He's not automatically going to start at Liverpool or Manchester United, for example, unless either side sells one of their current first-choice attackers.

Arsenal and Tottenham, on the other hand, are both in the hunt for elite European football again next term and would certainly benefit from Remy's presence in the team and in the squad.

Everton, when they lose loan forwards Romelu Lukaku and Lacina Traore, will also need a first-choice striker who can all but guarantee them 15 goals. Even Chelsea may see him as a reasonable squad option if Lukaku continues his loan tour of the country.

Every way you look, top Premier League clubs could be searching for a new striker this summer, and Remy is likely to be one of the few who is both available and affordable—as well as bringing a good recent track record of finding the net.