Remi Garde Confirms Interest In Chelsea FC Striker Loic Remy


Chelsea FC may dispatch underused striker Loic Remy to Aston Villa in January, if the latest rumours are to be believed.

With the shortcomings of Chelsea FC this campaign, especially from their forwards, it would appear silly that one of their first team strikers would be on the way out. Even so, according to multiple reports, Loic Remy may be on his way out in January with a loan move to Aston Villa.

A story from BBC Sport confirmed that Villa have interest in the 28 year-old, through quotes from manager Remi Garde.

"Loic is special because he knows the country and the league and he would be an interesting player for the team…He is part of some players I’ll try to attract to Aston Villa for sure."

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There are multiple reasons why the Birmingham based club would want Remy. The first and most obvious is their precarious position in the Barclays Premier League table at the moment. They sit bottom of the league, and along with Sunderland seem destined for the drop come season’s end. Adding a player of Remy’s caliber, when fit, would be a huge boost to the Villa attack.

Secondly Garde and Remy are both French and have ties to their former club Lyon. Is it possible that Garde could lure his fellow Frenchman to try to help him avoid the drop?

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From a Chelsea perspective, the move doesn’t seem to make much sense at first glance. The Blues are enduring a terrible season and find themselves precariously above the relegation zone. Letting Remy go would further weaken their already seemingly weak stable of strikers.

Remy has bagged the odd goal when used, as he has showed that he still has his wits about him. If he can shake off his minor injuries and is afforded regular playing time, the Frenchman may be able to ramp up his production.

One sneaky storyline though, could be the impending return of Patrick Bamford. The youngster spent the first part of the season on loan at Crystal Palace, and clearly wasn’t happy with his spell at Selhurst Park. If Remy were to leave, it would leave only Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao as the strikers in the first team with experience in the top flight. Could Bamford make a shock jump into the first team rotation?

While unlikely, it’s certainly a possibility.

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With the January transfer window set to open, there will be no shortage of rumors such as this one. With the Blues floundering, would they be willing to let Remy go to another Premier League club? Would Bamford be able to step in right away and become a rotation player for the first team? Or will Chelsea look for more established attacking options? Only time will tell.