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Olivier Giroud have been Underestimated

independent: Chelsea made a statement of intent by securing a striker’s signature. Needless to say, it wasn’t getting Olivier Giroud to extend his contract, though they did last month.

Timo Werner represents the future, the outlier, perhaps an isolated display of ambition in a depressed transfer market. Giroud feels the perennial understudy, benched for Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain and Tammy Abraham, Chelsea’s eternal second, except for when Michy Batshuayi demoted him to third in line. Keeping him was austerity-era economics, buying Werner in a pandemic the real eye-catching move.

Yet while the German has opted out of the remainder of RB Leipzig’s Champions League campaign, for a few minutes the thought occurred that he might not play among the European elite for 15 months. Until Christian Pulisic and Giroud, two who may be affected by his impending arrival, transformed a deficit into a lead against Aston Villa. Chelsea’s spenders look likelier to play in the Champions League again.

Werner and Hakim Ziyech may be in the remodelled forward line when Chelsea next venture into Europe; perhaps even Kai Havertz will be too. Abraham, the top scorer, could be. But Giroud, English football’s most decorated afterthought, is actually the man in possession of the striker’s role. Selected in winter, a scorer against Tottenham and Everton, he retained his place in summer and delivered what Frank Lampard called “the deflected winner” at Aston Villa. There was no criticism in that from a manager self-deprecating enough to admit he scored a few deflected goals in his time.

The decision to omit Abraham was justified. “Oli doesn’t have to repay my faith,” Lampard said. “I think he deserves to start [with] the way he trains, his quality and how professional he is. He has scored goals throughout his career. He is big as a player and big as a person.”

And yet who is the starter feels like a subplot. Lampard has spoken to Abraham about what Werner’s arrival means for him. Giroud has seen his position imperilled by glamorous signings, or the prospect of them, almost annually. “It’s exciting for what’s to come,” said Pulisic, who may be affected by the £50million German’s ability to play off the left but another of the next generation who could be found in a futuristic forward line. Giroud should be the last thirty-something in attack when Pedro and Willian go. He looks an endangered species.

He feels like every season’s stopgap, the man who has to win his managers over on an yearly basis. He ended Antonio Conte and Maurizio Sarri’s reigns in the team and winning Cup finals. Lampard initially did not want a target man, a back-to-goal striker feeling a man out of time when pace and pressing assumed more importance. Yet against teams who defend as deep as Villa, speed is less of a factor. Now Giroud has three goals in four league games, even if such statistics feel a little odd. He has persuaded Lampard.

It may not be enough as upgrades await. The presumption is Giroud will be relegated to the supporting cast, if not sold after seeing out this season. And yet that conforms to the theme of his Premier League career: he often feels underestimated.

Welcome to the Giroud paradox. He is the World Cup winner hunting down Michel Platini’s total of goals for France and wondering if he might even reach Thierry Henry’s national record but with the undercurrent he is not quite good enough for capital clubs who do not get to such heights.

The counter-argument is that Giroud brings more from better players. The intelligence he showed to create the space for the winner at Villa Park allows him to adapt. Mesut Ozil’s finest form in England came alongside Giroud. Eden Hazard appreciated his ability to play quick one-twos in close quarters so much he called Giroud the best target man in the world. He was the selfless sidekick to Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann. Werner and Ziyech might sense a man who can help them play. Werner, in particular, may see someone ideally equipped to take on Yussuf Poulsen’s role as the physical foil to a faster, more prolific player.

Or maybe Giroud, a scorer in Chelsea’s last three league wins, a reason why they now have a commanding position in the quest for Champions League football, will get a watching brief, sat in the dugout as a younger, more glamorous and expensive attack take on Europe’s finest. In its own way, it would be rather symbolic.

Source: Published by independent

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abraham
abraham
1 month ago

giroud is an awesome player

ossai Kingsley Collins
ossai Kingsley Collins
1 month ago

I think is a good idea

Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
1 month ago

Giroud should act brave. And choose better team. One man food is another man poison.

Ibiyemi abiola abass
Ibiyemi abiola abass
1 month ago

Let’s keep him is a massure player for big competition

Oghenekome Sylvester
Oghenekome Sylvester
1 month ago

Olivier Giroud no longer fits in Chelsea he should go to another club, a smaller club precisely!

CHRISTOPHER EVWRANI
CHRISTOPHER EVWRANI
1 month ago

Seriously

GODWIN BUDUZHI
GODWIN BUDUZHI
1 month ago

He increase his game

Deborah
Deborah
1 month ago

Giroud is a good player so ride on

Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
1 month ago

Giroud is a good player

Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
Obiezu Emmanuel Onyedikachi
1 month ago

He is a good player all he needs is more game time

adubi oluwafemi samuel
adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

And he is a good player his star will soon shine

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

That is very good thing to do

Felix Okorie
Felix Okorie
1 month ago

Giroud is a great prayer

Ezema Paul
Ezema Paul
1 month ago

Thanks for the update

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
1 month ago

Hes a star player

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
1 month ago

Chelsea should just keep he because injuries

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

it’s a good idea

Godwin osuya
Godwin osuya
1 month ago

Giroud is great & he should stay longer in chelsea

Adepoju oluwapelumi
Adepoju oluwapelumi
1 month ago

If he not needful for Chelsea ,he should leave

Odunlami Soliu Omololu
Odunlami Soliu Omololu
1 month ago

Giroud deserves more.

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Giroud is a good player

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
1 month ago

He has really started to impress me

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Indeed a good player

Alabi Morgan
Alabi Morgan
1 month ago

Giroud is a big player in a big match,maybe competition is good for him

Muhammed Hammed
Muhammed Hammed
1 month ago

he should stay longer in chelse

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
1 month ago

That’s right.

Okwu Godswill okechukinwu
Okwu Godswill okechukinwu
1 month ago

Wow

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
1 month ago

That’s right, Giroud have been underestimated

Nweke onyedikachi
Nweke onyedikachi
1 month ago

Good idea

Ndumnwere Chima
Ndumnwere Chima
1 month ago

Giroud is a clinical striker.

Stephen Anyishi Monday
Stephen Anyishi Monday
1 month ago

For real….. It’s about time he leave Chelsea

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

Giroud is a fantastic player

Emmanuel Aso otisi
Emmanuel Aso otisi
1 month ago

Giroud is really trying

Olawoore Tesleem
Olawoore Tesleem
1 month ago

Giroud is such a great striker.

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
1 month ago

he needs to step up game

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
1 month ago

For me, he doesn’t play well

Nweke onyedikachi
Nweke onyedikachi
1 month ago

Great idea

Joshua Chidiebere Emetu
Joshua Chidiebere Emetu
1 month ago

Giroud was prolific in his former club; Chelsea should give him a little more time.

udeme umoh
udeme umoh
1 month ago

Waow