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Watford Target To Seal The Deal For 31 Y/O Former PL Forward: Good Fit For Gracia’s Plans?

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Bishwaraj Bhattacharyya
Former athlete. Now a journalist hoping to cover football no matter the league or country.

Watford are ready to offer an escape route to out of favour Las Palmas striker, Loic Remy who was dropped from the side’s last three league games. The 31-year-old is facing the backlash after arriving late to a team dinner, which did not sit well with the manager, Paco Jemez.

Remy is a product of the Olympique Lyonnais youth academy and graduated from the batch with Karim Benzema, Hatem Ben Arfa and Anthony Mounier. After making his debut against Saint-Etienne, Remy found it hard to break into the Lyon first team and had to be loaned out to Lens. It was at Marseille and OGC Nice where he established himself as one of the most lethal strikers in the Ligue 1 with 72 goals and 21 assists in his time with the two clubs.

His talents got finally noticed by English sides and Queens Park Rangers successfully landed his services on a club record transfer fee in January 2013. But the steep rise in his career took a huge blow when the striker got arrested on rape allegations.

Even after hitting a rough patch, Remy returned to impress for Newcastle United and earned himself a move to a title contending side, Chelsea. Remy racked up 12 goals in his 47 all over appearances for the Blues and went on to win the 2014/15 Premier League title and EFL League cup.

The Rillieux-la-Pape-born forward is a dual pairing of strength and speed. He is a versatile presence in the final third and might just have run out patience with the Spanish outfit who are struggling in the relegation zone of the La Liga. With a 4-point gap behind Levante, chances of survival are diminishing as the days progress.

The Hornets started off the season in scintillating form and at some point even matched strides with Leicester and Burnley for the 7th spot, but now it looks like they have run out of steam and a series of injuries to key players have really stunted their progress. They are currently staged at the 10th spot of the Premier League table after winning just one of their last eleven league games. Both Andre Gray and Troy Deeney have struggled to chip in regularly with the duo registering 4 league goals each this season.

The Watford board also decided to fire Marco Silva from the managerial post and have recently appointed Javi Gracia as his replacement. He has been tasked with finding a proven goalscorer to answer their scoring woes and finish the season well away from the relegation zone. It is now to be seen whether a move for the forgotten 31-year-old Premier League Hitman can help them bring back to the days of glory.

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