Having spent the majority of his last three years based in London, Loic Remy has switched from the west of the capital to south after signing for the Eagles on loan for the duration of the 2016/17 campaign.
Known by English fans for his exploits at Queens Park Rangers, Newcastle United and Chelsea, the French international began his career with his hometown club Lyon, training alongside the likes of Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa.
He would only play 12 times for the first-team, and after a short loan to Lens, where he hit four goals in 12 games, he was signed by Nice in 2008 for a club record €8 million and he showed his potential by bagging 25 league goals over the next two seasons. This led to him earning a call-up to the French national side, and shortly after making the move to Nice he won his maiden cap in June 2008 against Nigeria.
Following his spell in the south-east of the country, he moved along the coast to Marseille in August 2010 for €15 million and once again the goals continued to flow, as he struck 39 times in 95 appearances for the French giants and helped them win back-to-back French League Cups in 2011 and 2012.
However in the 2013 January transfer window, he crossed the Channel to sign for QPR for £8 million, and did his best to try and keep Rangers in the top-flight but his six goals in 14 appearances wasn’t enough to avoid their descent into the Championship. Remaining in the Premier League, a season-long loan at Newcastle United followed, where under Alan Pardew he enjoyed one of the most fruitful spells of his career as he found the net 14 times in 26 league outings in 2013/14.
After appearing for France in the 2014 World Cup, Remy had his £8 million release fee clause in his Rangers contract activated by Liverpool and Chelsea, and he moved to Stamford Bridge after failing a medical at Anfield. He scored nine times for the Blues in his debut season – reaching 100 career goals in the process – and helped the club lift the Premier League trophy, as well as claiming the League Cup with a win over Sunderland.
Despite that initial success, the striker only featured 20 times in all competitions last term under Jose Mourinho and Guus Hiddink during a turbulent campaign in west London, where he scored three times before opting to sign for the Eagles in the search for more first-team opportunities.