Saturday, September 30, 2023

Everton Linked With Yet Another Frenchman; A Squad Player Or A Good First Team Option?

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

In what can easily be the transfer of the summer in the Premier League, Chelsea are set to pave way for the comeback of the lost Belgian hero Romelu Lukaku in what is strictly a business transaction. The London outfit failed in their first attempt to sign the in-form forward when Everton rejected their £57m bid earlier in the transfer window. But Antonio Conte, the new boss at the Bridge is desperate for his signature and has now offered the Merseyside outfit a £65m deal that will also include fringe striker Loic Remy. This deal is reportedly enough to land the Belgian, with Everton already looking at other star players to replace Lukaku with. So what will the French striker who will make a move to Everton (if the deal happens) as a part of a bigger deal?

The former QPR attacker was one of the most exciting prospects in England when he had a 14-goal season with Newcastle United a couple of years ago. He made a permanent move to Chelsea in 2014 and has ever since acted as a backup striker for the many big names that came and went from the Bridge. In his 32 appearances for Chelsea, he managed to find the net just 8 times but those appearances were so few and far between that he had no chance to prove himself. Known for his pace and deadly finishing abilities, the 29-year old is an experienced professional who is completing his 10th year of professional football in Europe. He has the peculiar ability to find the back of the net from different angles and ranges and is easily one of the best finishers in the country. However, he has not been able to prove himself in the last two season and will be hoping that a move to Everton will resurrect his career.

At the Goodison Park, the 29-year old could be the main striker (obviously with Lukaku at Chelsea) with Arouna Kone and Oumar Niasse the other two options. Kone has been productive for Roberto Martinez but Remy offers a better overall threat in front of goal and will be in and around the first team for most of the season. He has the aerial strength, defensive discipline and great positional awareness to slot into Koeman’s side next season with ease and with regular game time under his belt, he can be a potent weapon for the Goodison Park outfit. Koeman is also looking at other alternatives to replace Lukaku in the first team with the likes of Christian Benteke linked with a move recently and even if the Belgian makes a move to Merseyside, Remy will still be an important part of the manager’s plans next season.

The Frenchman is also adept at playing the role of a second striker and can excel with the likes of Benteke, Ross Barkley and Kevin Mirallas around him. He can be a natural goal-scoring threat for the Toffees in crunch games next season and can easily be an impact player in the Premier League next season. So if Everton are losing Lukaku, getting Remy as a part of the deal can be more than a blessing. Do you think Loic Remy is a good option for Everton next season?

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