A season that had started with so much promise for QPR, quickly turned into the worst of Tony Fernandes’ nightmares. The arrival of Harry Redknapp might have lifted the mood and the hopes within the camp, but the Rs are still rock bottom. So, what is the best cure for their current case of January blues? A decent signing, of course, sealed in true ‘Arry’s fashion and that is exactly what they have got with French international forward Loic Remy.
The Marseille forward has had his bags packed for England for quite some time now, but everybody, ‘Arry included, believed him to be swapping French wines for Newcastle Brown Ale, rather than for West London’s posh bars.
Or so it had seemed until tonight, when it was announced that QPR had made an apparently successful bid to snap the soon-to-be former Marseille man from under Alan Pardew’s nose.
Remy had seemed reluctant to swap title challengers in France for relegation battlers across the Channel, leaving Alan Pardew the opportunity to capitalise on his chance to bag a player that could have filled the void left by Ba and could have proven to be a great bit of business.
The Frenchman has since changed his mind, and is due to fly to London for a medical tomorrow, ahead of completing his move to Loftus Road. As usual, one team’s loss is likely to be ‘Arry’s gain, but can the Frenchman steer QPR to safety?
Loic Remy is a name we are already familiar with in the Premier League, with the player having been subject to speculation about a move to England over the last 18 months. Champions League-chasing Spurs seemed a likely destination for the talented 26-year-old, but a deal couldn’t be completed with a €20million fee being demanded and a change of manager meaning he was no longer a priority for the North London club.
After the latest developments it seems the former Spurs manager will eventually land his man, though, and it could be quite a bargain. The fee mooted for Remy is just under £10million, meaning not only has Harry secured an international forward for a fee that nowadays is classed as a ‘snip’, they have also got a player of real quality who will be we’ll suited to both QPR and the Premier League.
Over the years we have seen Premier League clubs adopt an approach of quick and exciting wing play, with a focal point of the attack being a lone striker – QPR are no different and Remy could be exactly what they needed. Since taking over at Loftus Road, Harry Redknapp has failed to kick-start one of his great escapes, with the West Londoners desperately lacking a prolific forward.
The signing of Remy gives QPR a different dynamic. The Frenchman can play the role of a number 9, but he is also a number 11 and is equally effective on either flank. Playing him on the left and you will get the benefit of Remy drifting inside before pulling the trigger, while on the right he will use his pace to get in behind defenders and get crosses in. With Cisse and Jamie Mackie misfiring, Remy could provide the perfect solution in the final third for Harry’s men, particularly if he was to forge a good understanding on the pitch with QPR’s more technically gifted players such as Taarabt and Granero.
At ease with the ball at his feet, Remy is also a good threat in the air, something that Harry Redknapp will have no doubt analysed in depth, as he seeks to add another dimension to his team in the final third of the pitch.
The only question that exists about the signing is whether Loic Remy is the Loic Remy of last season when he was in such demand. So far this season Remy has played 14 times in Ligue 1 and 5 times in the Europa League, but 12 of his Ligue 1 appearances were as a sub. He did start more Europa games, squad rotation or shop window that it might have been but either way he did well, with a return of 2 goals and 1 assist in Europa action compared to just a single goal in Ligue 1.
His statistical performance is currently average, but this is to be expected with mainly substitute appearances to his name this season.
The pressure may be on Remy to produce instantly, he is a name the media have built up as a superstar, but whether he can turn in performances consistently straight away remains to be seen. He will no doubt score on his debut and put in a couple of shifts as the excitement of a new club carries him through, it is just whether this can be sustained to become an essential cog in QPR’s survival.
The Frenchman will no doubt feel at home being surrounded by a team awash with French speaking players, but he will need to settle quickly if he is to have a big say in the rest of QPR’s season.
Meanwhile, here’s a preview to whet your appetite even further…
Are you a QPR fan excited about the prospect of signing Remy? Are you a Spurs or Newcastle fan gutted that you missed out? Will he make an impact in the Premier League? Leave your comment below.