According to a recent report by The Daily Mail, Premier League giants Chelsea are said to be on the verge of parting company with their French striker Olivier Giroud after the striker has fallen terribly out of favour under new manager Frank Lampard. The former Arsenal man has been struggling to maintain form or get enough playing time this season, effectively prompting the Pensioners to consider offloading their man in the winter.
The Blues are said to be willing to listen to offers for the World Cup winner’s signature, with multiple clubs from across Europe said to be keen on the striker’s services. Although the Blues have been hit with a transfer ban, they don’t seem to see the advantage in keeping Giroud at the club beyond this winter, especially considering that his contract is set to expire in the summer.
What Is The Current Strike Situation At Chelsea?
The Pensioners have been extremely fortunate with the way in which all the elements have fallen perfectly in place for them. Tammy Abraham returned from his loan spell at Aston Villa with a massive reputation to live up to, and saying that he’s outdone himself would only be an understatement. The youngster has seized the opportunity that was presented to him, and is unquestionably the first-choice striker now.
The Englishman has taken the Premier League by storm and is keeping up with the pace being set by veteran forward Jamie Vardy atop the Premier League’s golden boot charts. He has nailed the first-team place down with ease, and hasn’t looked like slowing down since the start of the campaign. Behind him in the pecking order is the Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi, who despite his inspiring performances off the bench, hasn’t been able to lay a finger on Abraham’s position.
Does Olivier Giroud’s Skill-Set Match Chelsea’s Playing Style?
Since Frank Lampard took charge at Stamford Bridge, the mood surrounding the stadium and the football club in general has been upbeat. There is a certain finesse and style about the way in which the Blues present themselves out on the pitch – often seen moving the ball around with panache and a characteristic conviction.
Olivier Giroud would be a massive block to the trend that Chelsea currently seem to be following. The Blues have been developing a youthful playing style – one that involves neat flicks and turns, rather than an orthodox ‘stick the ball into the box and the striker will head it’ situation. The Frenchman has struggled whenever he’s been given an opportunity this season; further highlighting how he just doesn’t fit into their playing style anymore.
Why Chelsea Should Sell Their Man In January
The Frenchman undoubtedly still has a lot to offer in an attacking perspective, but just not in a dynamic and youthful setup like the one at Stamford Bridge. He is an experienced campaigner who has the quality to make any team better just by being there. The striker will also have hopes of representing his country at the EURO 2020 next summer, meaning that his departure from Chelsea could be inevitable in January.
For any club in search of a potent goalscorer, for which there is a massive shortage in today’s footballing environment, Olivier Giroud would be a decent fit in most of the world’s top leagues. Chelsea doesn’t need him in the squad anymore, and it would be in the best interest of both parties to let him depart in the winter.
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