Crystal Palace have signed another striker as French international Loic Remy arrives on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. The 29-year-old provides competition for the striking positions and the club now have the opportunity to play with two strikers. After the poor start to the season, there will be more optimism at Selhurst Park as there are now two proven Premier League strikers in the squad.
Remy has endured a disappointing spell at Chelsea, starting just nine times in the Premier League since joining from QPR in 2014 for £10.5 million. At that time, he was a regular in the France squad and at the peak of his career after a successful loan spell at Newcastle United. His manager at St James’ Park was Alan Pardew and that existing relationship will help him settle in at Crystal Palace.
Yohan Cabaye is also at Palace and Pardew will be hoping that the two can strike up the same relationship that they had at Newcastle. Before Cabaye left during the 2013/14, The Magpies were in fifth position and pushing for a European place, with both French internationals in great form. Neither have been the same since leaving Newcastle and being reunited at Crystal Palace under Pardew could be exactly what they need.
Alan Pardew said this after it was announced Remy would be joining Crystal Palace on loan:
“Loic has been a target of mine throughout this transfer window and I’m delighted the deal has been done.
“I brought him to Newcastle so I know what he is capable of and I am convinced he will be a quality addition to our squad as we evolve.
Although he was rarely used at Chelsea, Remy maintains an excellent strike rate in the Premier League and Palace will be hoping that continues this season. Since arriving in England, Remy has scored a league goal every 151.6 minutes, which shows the quality he possesses in front of goal. Crystal Palace have been lacking goals since the start of 2016, but that shouldn’t be a problem anymore with Benteke and Remy at the club.
At the age of 29, Remy has at least two or three seasons left at the highest level. His pace will be on the decline, but he is an intelligent player and his end product remains as reliable as ever. At Newcastle, he liked to drop deep and influence the play, which is what he will be asked to do again this season. Christian Benteke is the focal point of the attack and Remy could thrive playing off the Belgian.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the signing:
Crystal Palace fans are excited about their new strike partnership:
Benteke AND Remy? If Scott Dann ends up top scorer again something has gone badly wrong. #cpfc
— Jim Daly (@jimdalycomedy) August 30, 2016
— Ryan Cunningham (@Ryceezy) August 30, 2016
In one season we went from Emmanuel Adebayor as our main striker to Christian Benteke and Loic Remy ? #CPFC
— Crystal Palace ? (@CpfcNews_) August 30, 2016
Christian Benteke and Loic Remy up front for Crystal Palace FC…
What is life?
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) August 30, 2016
Some Chelsea fans wished him luck:
Goodluck to Loic Remy. Let's hope you come back a better player.
— KOREAN HAZARD (@Cartha_of_CFC) August 30, 2016
— Dr. Sam (@MrEzugwu) August 30, 2016
Others thought it was short sighted from the club:
Lol our club is turning into a fucking charity. What's the point in loaning Remy out when we can sell him? We now have 2 strikers #cfc
— chris (@1cbwlife) August 30, 2016
Cuadrado and Remy gone an attacking play has to be coming in surely? #CFC
— Tobias (@ThatTobMate) August 30, 2016
With us selling Remy, is there a replacement coming in? Or are we going to have Dom Solanke as our third choice? #CFC
— Luke (@LukeChels) August 30, 2016
Newcastle fans saw the funny side as Alan Pardew has publicly criticised the club’s transfer strategy:
Pardew hated nufc transfer policy. Signs cabaye remy and townsend and tried to sign Santon. Rumoured to want Sissoko too
— Mark Henderson (@dude1979) August 30, 2016
Pardew after Remy? Must be 6/7 ex nufc players(/Carr's list) he has chased since being at Palace.
Funny since he didnt rate them
— Matthew (@JB4t00n) August 28, 2016
There is a general consensus that Pardew isn’t the right man to get Palace back on track, despite the signings:
— AbhijeetNUFC (@abhi_nufc) August 30, 2016
Doesn't matter that Palace have got Remy & Benteke up front. They're still managed by Pardew.
— Spicy McHaggis (@Yxllop) August 30, 2016
If I was a Palace fan I'd be exited over the prospect of Remy and Benteke up front, not so much of Pardew's management though
— Jay (@SananJayas) August 30, 2016
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