When Loïc Rémy signed for his current club side in August 2010, his manager, who played behind some of the world’s best strikers during his career, said that; “he is fast and powerful with huge potential.” At the time, no-one batted an eyelid. French football has a history of young strikers with these assets who have initially flourished before fading from view, and considering that Rémy had, at the time, only scored 32 goals in five seasons wit three different clubs, it was viewed as a statement to justify the €15m fee.
It didn’t take long, however, for his manager’s plaudits to look like an understatement. He scored his first international goal two months later, netted twice in the group stages of European competition and finished the season with 15 league goals as his club came second in the French top flight.
With the ability to play on both wings, as a support striker and a traditional number 9, Rémy looks every inch the modern forward. Good with his head in the penalty area, his collection of goals include screamers from outside the box, beautifully placed curling shots and cute finishes after mazy dribbles. And if the 2010-11 season gave the world a glimpse of his talent, the 2011-12 season so far has hammered it home.
Despite his club side struggling for the consistency shown in 2010-11, Rémy has scored seven in 18 games, with his five in home matches equating to 36% of his team’s total. He also bagged a couple in Europe, but it is for his country that he has really flourished over the last five months.
Until the beginning of the 2011-12 season, Rémy had played 11 times for his country and only scored one goal. He’d often been used as a substitute and struggled with the step up in quality. But all great players find a way to adapt, and the speed with which he has done so is highly impressive.
Following three goals and an assist in six internationals so far this year, with two of his strikes winning games, he is now an automatic choice for his country and can look forward to next summer’s international tournament as his opportunity to show the watching millions what he can do and become a global superstar.
Watch this space, because Loïc Rémy is going places. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…