Name: Loic Remy
Already 11 points adrift of safety at the very foot of the table; it is now fair to say Aston Villa require something of a miracle if they are to preserve their Premier League status come May.
The Villans, who suffered a thoroughly disappointing 3-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Saturday, find themselves staring down the barrel of a loaded gun having scored just 16 league goals from their opening 20 fixtures, fewer goals than any other club in the English top-flight this season.
Bearing that in mind; Villa boss Remi Garde has been heavily linked with a loan move for France international Loic Remy, who he hopes can help fire his side back into survival contention within the remaining 18 matches.
The 29-year-old, who has 31 international caps for his country, has scored one league goal in eight appearances for the defending champions this season.
Despite Guus Hiddink taking interim charge of Chelsea since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal last month, it is unlikely that Remy’s first-team opportunities will be much improved at Stamford Bridge this term as fellow forward Diego Costa remains the club’s top goalscorer in the Premier League with six goals.
However Garde’s Villa face stiff competition for the hitman’s signature this January as top-flight rivals Newcastle United, Norwich City and Swansea City are also said to be interested in Remy’s services this campaign.