Olivier Giroud has been preferred to Alvaro Morata as an overall team player, but the Frenchman must begin to score some goals if he is to fight for his spot at Chelsea.
Giroud despite contributing to Chelsea’s superb performance in the current season is yet to score a goal despite having featured in all competition for the Blues. Giroud has been identified by Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard as his “ideal no 9”, as on the pitch performance suggest that the former Arsenal forward seems to have a better understand of Eden Hazard and Sarri-ball better than Spanish centre-forward Morata.
Despite his good understanding with the Belgian, Giroud according to the media seems to be derailing from his primary role. The 2018 World cup winner seems to lack aggression as opposing defenders are relaxed when he is around. The Frenchman’s lack of pace has not be complimented by positioning, as he has been out of position whenever Chelsea threatened.
The Frenchman’s woes in-front of goal seems to be bothering Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri, as the France international has been wasteful when presented with clear cut chances. Giroud despite scoring for national team France in the last international break, has failed to replicate the form at Chelsea. The Chelsea boss in his post-match press following Chelsea’s 4-0 thrashing of Burnley at Turf-Morr Park last Sunday expressed disappointment at the fact that Olivier Giroud was not able to find the back of the net.
Morata was in the same situation as Giroud but the Spaniard seems to be back to form in recent times. The Spanish centre-forward has scored three goals in his last four matches for the Blues.
Chelsea management have not been happy with Olivier Giroud and their activity in the transfer market recently have shown that. The Blues according to report have shortlisted Inter’s Icardi, Genoa’s Piatek and Milan’s Cutrone as possible options in the January window, and in the event that the London club lands any of the players, Giroud could be pushed down the pecking order.
Chelsea hosts Derby County in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, and the game provides a chance for Giroud to open his goal account for the Blues. Derby County is a championship club managed by Blue’s legend Frank Lampard and should provide a simple ground for the former Bordeaux forward to recover his goal form.
Giroud needs to start scoring to relieve pressure of himself as well as justifying his credential to Maurizio Sarri and the media with two months left before winter window.