Chelsea have made an important addition to the attack by adding Loic Remy on a transfer.
The club confirmed the move for the 27-year-old player:
The team announced on Wednesday that Remy will wear number 18:
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The Queens Park Rangers forward spent the past season on loan with Newcastle United and was extremely productive throughout the year. In 24 English Premier League matches, he scored a team-high 14 goals to go with three assists as arguably the club's best offensive weapon.
While Remy did not have near this much success in his short time playing for QPR, he had also shown his goal-scoring ability in France's Ligue 1 with Marseille and Nice in the past.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp wanted to keep a player of this ability with the club returning to the EPL this season, but he knows this side is almost holding Remy back. He explained to Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror:
I think he really wants to play Champions League football next year somewhere. We gave him time off after the World Cup but I think he's really looking to move. I would be surprised if he was at QPR at the start of the year.
If he goes to the right team, he's capable of scoring 15 to 20 Premier League goals next season.
Remy will now have a chance to compete with a lot of talent around him, which should lead to even more success on the pitch.
Jay Riley of City Talk 105.9 FM explained why any club would have been happy to sign the French national this summer:
My take on Loic Remy, he's a good age (27), quick, scores goals, prem proven, cheap deal at £8m, just his wages to sort (£80k approx) #LFC— Jay Riley (@Jay_78_) July 19, 2014
With his new squad, Remy will not only get a chance to provide his finishing ability, but he could also continue to show off his versatility. With Newcastle, the player spent time at midfielder and forward while lining up either on the left side or center.
The coaching staff will be able to find the best position for him, but his ability to move around will remain extremely valuable throughout the course of the long season.
This appears to be a great pickup for Chelsea at this stage of the year as someone who can make an immediate impact on the starting XI. As long as he plays to his ability, he could help the club continue to move up in the league table.
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