Chelsea Transfer News: Loic Remy a Fine Upgrade on Fernando Torres

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - APRIL 19:  Loic Remy of Newcastle United looks on from the bench during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St James' Park on April 19, 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Not so long ago, the idea that any striker could be a significant upgrade on Fernando Torres would have been unthinkable, so impressive was the Spaniard in his time at Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

However, that is the brutal reality now for the 30-year-old after Loic Remy was brought in as a swift replacement for Torres, who has gone out on a two-year loan to AC Milan, per Squawka:

Despite the seeming temporary nature of his move to Serie A, the likelihood is that Torres' miserable three-and-a-half-year spell at Stamford Bridge is effectively over.

Meanwhile, Remy's arrival for £10.5 million from QPR, per Samuel Stevens and James Orr of the Independent, represents a strong move from Blues boss Jose Mourinho, as the Frenchman should bring the goals that Torres has not been providing in recent times.

The player himself seems eager to prove his worth at such a big club, where he will also get the opportunity to play in the Champions League, per the Independent's report:

"I feel very happy and very proud. When I heard Chelsea wanted to sign me I said 'let's go' straight away because they are one of the best clubs in the world."

ARNHEM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 30:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea in action during the pre season friendly match between Vitesse Arnhem and Chelsea at the Gelredome Stadium on July 30, 2014 in Arnhem, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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In pure goalscoring terms, Remy is a clear upgrade. Last season—while on loan at Newcastle—he scored 15 goals in 26 appearances while Torres bagged just five in 28 outings, per

He also has incredible pace, which can terrorise opposition defences—the sort of pace Torres used to exhibit but lost to injury in the later months of his time at Liverpool, per's Peter Staunton:

As an addition to a strike-force that already includes Diego Costa and Didier Drogba, Remy also presents a different style to those two players, which will give Mourinho multiple options in attack.

Furthermore, the fact that he will likely appear mostly from the bench makes Remy ideal for Chelsea, as his speed and movement should be a huge problem for tired defences.

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 16:  Loic Remy of Queens Park Rangers in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Queens Park Rangers and Hull City at Loftus Road on August 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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Perhaps most importantly, however—and the main difference between Remy and Torres—is in his demeanour.

Tragically, for a player who was once undoubtedly one of the best in the world, Torres has looked lost for much of his time in a Chelsea shirt.

The harder he tried—and his efforts certainly can't be faulted—the worse things got, as he missed glaring chances on an alarmingly regular basis.

Remy will not bring any baggage to the Chelsea table, merely the desire to perform at a top club. He should be a fine addition to the Chelsea side and a reliable goalscorer.

Unfortunately for Torres, it was simply never meant to be at Stamford Bridge, and most Blues fans are seemingly eager to see him do well at Milan.

However, the same fans should be very pleased with the switch made up front, as Remy is simply a better player now than Torres.