QPR - So is Loic Remy any good?

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QPR have finally bought Marseille striker Loic Remy to the Premier League. Mathew Nash tells us why he will be a hit in the Premier League as long as he keeps his head on straight.

Finally we may never be subjected to reading about Loic Remy potentially heading to the Premier League ever again after he completed a move to QPR. It sure was a controversial deal in the end after it appeared he was on his way to Newcastle United before changing his mind to join Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road.

After West Ham, Stoke City, Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal and of course Newcastle United have all apparently ‘tried’ to sign the Frenchman he should be well and truly on his way.

Considering all these teams have been after him and he has been a perpetual transfer rumour over the past two-three years he must have something about him right?

So is this guy Loic Remy any good?

The short answer is; sometimes.

If that is all you are after then feel free to not read on and watch the snow falling outside instead because that really is the best way to sum him up.

First of all there are the brass tacks statistics to consider.

While he may not have cut it at Lyon before being shipped off to Nice his boyhood club were scrambling to re-sign him after he scored 28 goals in 74 games on the French Riviera.

He chose Marseille and his stats have not been too shabby at the Stade Velodrome either; 39 goals in 95 appearances should not be shirked at. This season has not been ideal for the 26-year-old scoring just twice in 12 appearances; both goals coming in the Europa League but he has had to battle with a persistent thigh strain as well as the club hierarchies apparent desire to flog him; so take this season with a pinch of salt.

Stats are great of course but what does he bring to the relegation fight at QPR. Well first and certainly not least he brings electric pace. Always looking to break the defensive line he is also assured in front of goal and should give plenty of defenders nightmares.

He can dribble and is potent in the air given the right opportunity. Despite being often deployed out wide; where he most likely would have spent a lot of his time if he did make the move to St James Park he is far more effective playing down the middle and in the Premier League this is where you envisage him featuring more often or not.

Will he be a world beater? No, and at times his attitude can stick. If that is not the case he could become one of the Premier League’s most potent threats if deployed in the right way and if he plays the way he can rather than disappearing; perhaps his biggest flaw.

Do you think Loic Remy will be a success at Loftus Road?

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