Chelsea are reportedly looking into the possibility of signing Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy, depending on how Didier Drogba's injury recovery goes, but the Frenchman would present excellent cover for a group of strikers whether Drogba's injury is serious or not.
Goal's William Joyce knows the Blues will wait for news on Drogba's ankle, which the veteran injured during the club's friendly against Ferencvaros. Jose Mourinho has reportedly already made an inquiry for Remy, who looked certain to join Liverpool just weeks ago.
Chelsea are optimistic regarding the severity of Drogba's injury, however, and if the Ivorian is only out for a short period of time, the move for Remy would likely stall.
As reported by Goal's Tom Maston, Drogba told the team's official site he's confident the injury won't keep him out for long:
"I twisted my ankle, and I couldn't continue," he said. "In the next few days, we are going to do some treatment, and I hope everything will be better."
Chelsea's summer window has been a productive one, and the squad looks ready to start the 2014-15 Premier League campaign. In a perfect world, the group of strikers should suffice for the upcoming season. But we don't live in a perfect world.
I say this with the utmost respect for Drogba, one of the best strikers of the past decade, but the Ivorian is an old man. The chances his body will hold up for 12 months of top-level football are slim. Heck, he's already injured, and the season hasn't even started yet.
As for Fernando Torres, let me just leave this here:
It looks as if Jose Mourinho is getting a little bit tired of Fernando Torres doing Torres-y things. http://t.co/iWi7sto29I— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) August 11, 2014
The Blues are banking on one man to lead their attacking unit: star striker Diego Costa. The Spaniard ended the 2013-14 season with an injury that greatly diminished his performance at the 2014 World Cup and forced him to come off the pitch in the Champions League final within the first 10 minutes.
He appears healthy and in excellent form, putting together a strong pre-season, but all it takes is one bad tackle to sideline him. You know, like the one Bruno Alves laid on him in pre-season, per Chelsea FC:
Bruno Alves dangerous tackle on Diego Costa! How the hell did he not get sent off for that? https://t.co/h6ULKj3kCq— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC_UK_) August 9, 2014
The striker position was the one big flaw the club had during the 2013-14 season, and the Blues are essentially putting all of their faith in an old man, someone who plays like an old man and one star forward who is expected to go through 10 months of physical abuse without missing any time.
Good luck with that.
Enter Remy, a proven Premier League contributor who wouldn't cost too much (Liverpool were set to land him for £8 million, per Joyce) and has spent the entire summer looking for a new club.
Vavel Bundesliga's Marco Conradie agrees the French international would be solid cover for Costa:
Chelsea have reportedly made inquiries regarding the availability of QPR striker Loic Remy. Would be a smart move to back up Diego Costa.— Marco Conradie (@MarcoConradie10) August 12, 2014
He's a big, powerful finisher who outscored every single one of Chelsea's strikers last season while at Newcastle, per WhoScored.com. The 27-year-old could be used as a one-year rental, or if he impresses, he could become a part of the squad for the foreseeable future.
Should Chelsea sign Loic Remy?
There is very little risk involved with a move for Remy. No one would expect him to out-play Costa at any point during the future, and he has the versatility to help out as a wide player should the need arise.
His main task would be to provide depth at a position that looks very susceptible to injury going into the 2014-15 season. The current group has quality, but as everyone just witnessed with the Drogba injury, one misplaced kick could spell disaster for the Blues.
There's no reason not to make a move for Remy, and Mourinho would be wise to add the Frenchman to his talented squad to complete the summer window.