Chelsea Close To Star Winter Signing Thanks To Frenchman’s Involvement In Transfer: A Sensible Deal For Both Parties?

According to a recent report by The Guardian, Premier League outfit Chelsea are suggested to be edging closer to a move for Ivorian international winger Wilfried Zaha, as Frank Lampard looks to add proven products of the English game to his already stacked Chelsea side. Although the Eagles are said to be holding out for the asking price of £80m, Chelsea will believe that they can get him for lesser in the upcoming window.

One of the most motivating signs for the Chelsea chiefs will be Roy Hodgson’s interest in signing French World Cup winning striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman is getting close to an exit from Stamford Bridge, owing mainly to the fact that he’s hardly been getting any game time since Lampard took over in West London. Palace‘s struggles in front of goal from last season have haunted them this season as well, and the addition of Giroud could have a positive effect.

What Would Olivier Giroud Add To Crystal Palace?

The Eagles have been dependent on Jordan Ayew to provide most of the goals so far this season, and it’s a responsibility that is clearly slowing him down. Giroud has the experience as well as tactical know-how to come into a difficult situation like this, and make the absolute most of it. There’s no need to question the Frenchman’s abilities in front of goal, as was seen during his performance at the UEFA Europa League final against his former club Arsenal last season.

A tall and physical striker – Giroud has scored an astonishing number of goals in the Premier League for a player who’s never really been first-choice at either of his English clubs. He can be a massive threat in the box because of the sheer presence he adds, while he has deceptively quick feet for a man of his size as well. The striker has a mean strike on him, but that doesn’t stop him from being unselfish enough to pick out the easier pass whenever required.

What Is Giroud Current Situation At Chelsea?

The Blues’ have found a talismanic young forward for the long term in Tammy Abraham, and have chosen to have Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi as the back-up option. The Frenchman has been used very sparingly this season, triggering transfer rumours for the World Cup winner from all over the world. Despite this, the former Arsenal man recently started a game for the Blues but put up a horrible display.

Frank Lampard has instilled a heavy attacking mindset into the Chelsea players, and Giroud just doesn’t seem to fit the bill. If there’s one thing that’s common in all Chelsea players, it’s their willingness to run hard on and off the ball – a quality that Giroud doesn’t seem to possess.

Why Chelsea Should Sell Giroud In Exchange For Zaha

The Blues haven’t been using Giroud in the best way possible, and that’s probably because he doesn’t suit the playing style that this energetic and youthful Chelsea side tend to showcase. Zaha would be a monstrous addition for the Blues because of his ability to play anywhere across the front-line, while Giroud has unquestionably slowed down.

If selling the Frenchman is what it’ll take to bring the Ivorian to Stamford Bridge, then Frank Lampard needn’t have second thoughts for even a moment about getting this deal through the door. 

Nikhil has been an avid Chelsea fan for as long as the concept of time has existed and rumours say that he even bleeds blue. Having lived in the UK for 3 years, Nikhil is said to have an excellent understanding of the atmosphere surrounding the English game. His role model is the greatest manager of all time - Jose Mourinho.